The Science Behind the Spitfire – Part 1: Wonderful Wings

Today marks the start of British Science Week AND is the 85th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight in 1936. This is the first of a series of blogs on the Science Behind the Spitfire.  The aeroplane is renowned for its performance and the important role it played during the Second World War. We will […]

“Conjugal Felicity”, a mother’s love, and Mr Fletcher

02/03/202110:0208/03/2021 09:08Leave a Comment

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 […]

Talking Treasures: Hulton Abbey

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.

Talking Treasures: The Passenger Pigeon

21/02/202113:0019/02/2021 10:34Leave a Comment

Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Glenn Roadley, Curator of Natural Science at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Talking Treasures: Art, Love and Murder

14/02/202110:0011/02/2021 11:17Leave a Comment

Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Dr Samantha Howard, Curator of Arts at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Tragic lovers in pottery

08/02/202116:1511/02/2021 11:08Leave a Comment

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 […]

Myth and Magic in the East Asian Ivory and Jade Collections.

05/02/202109:33Leave a Comment

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 […]

Love Brings Solace and Joy

01/02/202107:0028/01/2021 11:06Leave a Comment

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 […]

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 […]