How to Explore the Museum from Home

It’s strange times we’re living in, and many of us are joining the working-from-home club or entering periods of social isolation. While our museum doors may be temporarily closed to the public, we’re fortunate enough that the wonders of the internet has made keeping everyone in touch easier than ever, and we’ll be using our […]

Potty Gardening Club: Compost

16/09/202006:0415/09/2020 11:21Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners, We hope you are staying safe and well. The Potty Gardeners club blog has been going for 7 months now and we have covered lots of different subjects and activities. You can look at them all here if you haven’t already done so. This week we are looking into the world […]

Minton Hollins mosaic: The Birth of the Virgin

08/09/202015:1808/09/2020 15:20Leave a Comment

When the new museum in Hanley opened in 1956, one of the most prominent features was the huge mosaic panel by the firm of Minton Hollins depicting the Birth of the Virgin which was installed, in pride of place on the main staircase. Since then the museum has had not one, but two, extensions but […]

Potty Gardening Club: Plants that Fight Back

02/09/202012:3609/09/2020 14:15Leave a Comment

Plants are not always the defenceless things you may think they are. Some fight back! Roses, brambles and hawthorn have thorns and holly has prickles. Thorns, spines, and prickles are hard modifications of leaves, stems or buds with sharp ends whose sole purpose is to deter animals from eating them. Nettles are different and perhaps […]

Potty Gardening Club: Ant Farmers and Aphid Cattle

19/08/202006:3317/08/2020 12:42Leave a Comment

Some of the smallest creatures in your garden are the insects and they are truly wonderful and fascinating little beasties. A garden may contain hundreds of unseen insects all trying to multiply and survive in whatever way they can and some insects have ingenious ways to help them survive. One of the most abundant insects […]

Potty Gardening Club: Earthworms

05/08/202006:5703/08/2020 12:03Leave a Comment

One of the most important creatures in your garden is not always easily seen. It lives beneath the ground tunnelling by eating the soil, breaking it up and carrying compost down into the ground. Worms eat their own weight in organic waste, soil and minerals and pass out their own weight in casts (worm poo) […]

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!”

The school holidays have officially started and while we may not be going abroad on holiday, many of us are looking forward to short breaks or days out in this country. The concept of a fortnight away in the sun is quite a modern one. It was not until 1938 that the Holidays with Pay […]

Potty Gardening Club: Dandelion – Friend or Foe?

22/07/202006:0622/07/2020 10:27Leave a Comment

Dandelions are one of the most successful plants in the world, they seem to grow anywhere! In the cracks of the pavement, in your lawn and flower bed, at the side of the road – in fact anywhere they can set roots down. We are all familiar with dandelion clocks, like the one in my […]

Spitfire Progress – Dispersed Production

The Coronavirus outbreak halted much of the work on Spitfire RW388 for a number of weeks. Several members have been working on new or refurbished parts away from the main workshop. There are many pieces of the Spitfire which were missing when it came to the city. Replacing these with replicas or authentic spares has […]

Potty Gardening Club: Moths and Butterflies

08/07/202006:5901/07/2020 13:09Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, welcome to another session of your Gardening Club. This week we will be looking at butterflies and moths. We have all seen butterflies, and sometimes moths, fluttering about our gardens and I am sure we have all seen the caterpillars as they munch their way through different plants. Did you know there […]

Behind the Scenes – Beside the Seaside

The sun is shining, we’ve completed our gardening and now our thoughts turn to summer holidays. Our summer holidays may be a bit different this year, we may stay at home or holiday in the UK when we may usually venture abroad. Whatever we chose to do, we can still have lots of fun. Put […]