Plate with holes

Museum Magpie: The plate with the holes

November 26, 201912:57 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

At Gladstone the flower-makers are highly skilled at producing beautiful ceramic blooms but in the museum’s collection we have very few tools that relate to their very specialised trade. One reason for this could be that traditionally flower-makers often improvised, making their own tools out of everyday objects. They came up with inventive ways of […]

Award Success

October 25, 201912:33 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

We have some great news to share with you! Last night, at the Staffordshire Tourism and Food Awards, the museum won 4 awards, placing it amongst the best in the county. We won Gold for Best Small Visitor Attraction and will now be going forward to represent Staffordshire in the national Visit England Awards. We […]

Work in progress in the 1910 showroom at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Volunteering at Gladstone

September 6, 20198:16 amApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Our latest blog was written by a student who’s been spending some time with us over the summer. We’re very grateful for all of her help and hard work. My name is Lydia and I am a History student, who has just completed the first year of my degree at university. Over the summer of […]

Shraff Tip at Gladstone Pottery Museum

The Great Gladstone Saggar Saga

June 4, 20192:22 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

A new display has been created by our volunteers in the cobbled yard here at Gladstone Pottery Museum. A pile of old rubble! Actually it’s a very special and precious pile of rubble. It’s a shraff tip. Some Potteries people would call it a shord ruck. The photo shows a pile of broken saggars and […]