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 […]

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

02/12/202002:3002/12/2020 11:31Leave a Comment

The tree is up, the lights are on and carols are in the air. Many of the exhibits in the Natural History Gallery lend themselves to a Christmas theme and one of them is the star of one of our most well-known and mysterious Christmas carols – The Twelve Days of Christmas. Though there are […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …a Partridge. You are very unlikely to see a partridge in any sort of tree, let alone a pear tree, as they are definitely short grass ground loving birds. On the 2nd day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …Turtle Doves Sadly Turtle […]

New South Asian artworks for the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s fine art collection.

13/11/202010:0011/11/2020 16:41Leave a Comment

Six contemporary South Asian artworks for the fine art collection. We are delighted to announce the arrival of no less than 6 new artworks for our fine art collection. We have been able to acquire our first artworks by contemporary artists, Waswo X. Waswo (b.1953), Rajesh Soni (b.1981) and Rakesh Vijay (b.1970) with the support […]

Potty Gardening Club: Pumpkins and Halloween

28/10/202006:4527/10/2020 15:50Leave a Comment

Pumpkins are members of the Melon Family, along with melons, water melons, gourds, cucumbers, squashes and luffas. There are about 142 types of pumpkin worldwide, probably originating in Central America about 7,500 years ago with seeds being found in ancient ruins in Mexico. Although you may think of a pumpkin as a vegetable, it is […]

Potty Gardening Club – Fantastic Fungus

14/10/202006:3113/10/2020 14:33Leave a Comment

Summer has come to an end and autumn is now with us as plants die back and trees slowly go to sleep ready for the winter. This is the time of year when another lifeform is popping up in gardens and woods and lots of other places. They are neither Plant nor Animal. They are […]

Spitfire Progress – roundels and more!

We’re very pleased to bring you an especially exciting progress report – it feels like a couple of significant milestones have been reached since our last update. Stencilling Last time we reported that the greys and green of the Spitfire’s main colour scheme had been applied. Now the RAF roundel, serial number, and squadron code […]

Potty Gardening Club: Clever Berries

30/09/202006:4529/09/2020 13:55Leave a Comment

At this time of year you will notice that on some plants in your garden berries have replaced the flowers. The hedgerows are full with different berries providing a feast for people and wildlife. Berries are a very clever way to entice birds and other animals to distribute a plant’s seeds. Packed with vitamins and […]

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 […]