Collecting during Coronavirus

Like many museums and archives up and down the country we are considering how we can record the impact of Covid-19 in our local area, so Stoke-on-Trent’s Museum Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Archives have joined forces to ensure there is a permanent record in the museum and archive collections. The blog below sets out our […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing Things

10/06/202006:5408/06/2020 12:06Leave a Comment

Plants are very important, they clean the air that we breath through the process of photosynthesis. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. Plants absorb light, carbon dioxide, and water to make sugar for energy to fuel growth, and release oxygen as a waste product. Plants are brilliant at […]

49 Years, 11 Months

The history of Potteries Motor Traction Ltd (PMT) can be traced back into the 19th century. So it’s no surprise that the museum collections include objects, photographs and ephemera relating the company. We continue to grow this part of our archive with four objects recently donated by the family of Reginald Johnson. They entail a […]

Personal Stories of the Second World War – Part 1

In the run up to the opening of our new Spitfire Gallery in 2021 we’re starting to collect the personal stories and memories of life and service during the Second World War.. If you have a story to share, contact us at Les Roberts, one of our Visitor Services Team, tells his family story: […]

The Secrets of Playing Cards – Part 1

03/06/202009:0002/06/2020 08:06Leave a Comment

This week is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of volunteers to thank them for the contribution that they make. So what better time to share this blog by Holly who has helped document some of our old sets of playing cards. At the beginning of 2020 I began to volunteer at the Potteries Museum and […]

Potty Gardening Club: Spiders

03/06/202006:4603/06/2020 10:42Leave a Comment

Wherever you are, you are not far away from a spider. They share our buildings and our gardens and I have even seen them on and in my car whilst I have been travelling. Spiders have even been seen thread flying at the height of small aeroplanes! Thread flying is where a spider lets out […]

Behind the Scenes – Designing a Magnificent Minibeast Safari

31/05/202006:1128/05/2020 12:48Leave a Comment

As this week it’s National Children’s Gardening Week, I thought this was the ideal time to share with you how back in 2009 I spent a lot of time in my garden exploring and taking photographs when I was tasked with creating one of my favourite exhibitions, a big exhibition about some of the smallest […]

Potty Gardening Club: Climbing Plants

27/05/202006:3927/05/2020 16:51Leave a Comment

Climbing plants are some of nature’s cheats and opportunists. They climb up and over other plants to reach the sunlight without wasting energy or producing their own supporting shoots. This adaptation saves the plant the effort of producing a strong supporting trunk of its own. Climbing plants grow across the ground until they come into […]

Tourists to the Potteries 1698-1933

25/05/202010:0026/05/2020 07:01Leave a Comment

We think of tourism as something that developed in the 20th century with the widespread adoption of rail, motor and air travel but for from the 17th century onward, those that had the money and leisure to do so, travelled around Britain, often keeping journals of where they visited and what they saw. Unlike other […]

Potty Gardening Club: Bees

20/05/202006:4118/05/2020 10:02Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, We hope you have been having a go at the club’s activities and keeping busy. Thinking of keeping busy, this week we are looking at one of the busiest visitors to your garden and one of the most important. The Bee! You may be suprised to know there are over 270 species […]