The phrase ‘Conjugal Felicity’ is not one that is widely used today but its meaning – A Happy Marriage – is still relevant. The engraving on this creamware jug of c.1798 shows an idealised happy marriage with a fashionably-dressed husband and wife surrounded by their three children: a young boy holding his hoop while his […]
Settle down with a cuppa and join Curator of Local History Joe Perry for a look at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s major historic sites – Hulton Abbey.
Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Glenn Roadley, Curator of Natural Science at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Dr Samantha Howard, Curator of Arts at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Tragic love, where one or both lovers die, has been a popular theme in literature and art. Traditionally, if the female partner survived they were supposed to be inconsolable, forever mourning their lost love, and giving artists the opportunity to depict grieving young women in a variety of ways. Many tragic lovers were drawn from […]
Across the world, traditional New Year wishes often focus on good luck, health and wealth for the year that lies ahead. To celebrate Chinese New Year 2021, which begins on February 12th this year, I have selected carvings from our East Asian ivory and jade collection to explore the ways in which these wishes are […]
This gold ring is an item of jewellery known as a posy or posie ring. Posy rings were popular from the medieval period onwards. The name derives from the French for poetry, a reference to the short sayings with which these rings were inscribed. Worn as finger rings they were typically used as love tokens […]
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 […]
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 […]