Heritage Action Zone
The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Heritage Action Zone
Historic England has awarded Stoke-on-Trent a Heritage Action Zone, based in Longton. Working with the Council and local and national partners, Historic England aims to boost economic growth using the historic environments as a catalyst. To find out more about Heritage Action Zones visit: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/
The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) covers both Longton Town Conservation Area and the city’s 50 remaining bottle ovens. It aims to reinvigorate Longton’s town centre through refurbishment of historic buildings, with the aid of grants, and improved heritage interpretation throughout the town. Surveys of the city’s bottle ovens will be undertaken, which will not only provide a lasting record of these iconic structures but will also inform their future conservation. The history of Longton and the city’s bottle ovens will be celebrated with the local community through a variety of public events and activities, including an archaeological excavation.
The HAZ is 5 year scheme running from 2019 to 2023 and is being delivered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Historic England with support from organisations including Potteries Heritage Society, Urban Wilderness, Staffordshire University, University of Keele, Liverpool John Moores University and the Institute of Technology Sligo.
For more information about the scheme, grant applications or volunteer opportunities, contact the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic HAZ project officer:
t 01782 232477
Longton Ceramic HAZ Aerial Investigation Report
Photo: Detail of EAW008578 27-JUL-1947 © Historic England (Aerofilms Collection)