Potty Gardening Club: Make a Snail Tank

06/05/202007:5406/05/2020 08:43Leave a Comment

Slugs and snails are a common sight in gardens. They are molluscs, related to clams, squid and octopus. They are important animals as they eat rotting leaves, breaking them down and returning nutrients to the soil. You can make a tank for a snail to live in so you can watch and learn about it. […]

10 Questions – The Stone Age

05/05/202011:2207/05/2020 12:20Leave a Comment

An introduction to the Stone Age in 10 questions. Watch or read this quick guide below. Hello, this is Joe from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and for any of you who might be home schooling at the moment, or home learning, or just might be a little bit curious, here are 10 questions, […]

The Potteries: The Clue is in the Crest.

01/05/202012:3201/05/2020 12:33Leave a Comment

Stoke-on-Trent is known far and wide as the ceramics capital of the world earning itself the title of ‘The Potteries’. To this day the name remains in use despite the huge changes in both the economy and landscape of the six towns that make up the City of Stoke-on-Trent.  Few obvious signs of the locality’s […]

The Thomas Twyford Bequest of Ceramics

29/04/202010:05Leave a Comment

We are often asked what the stories are behind some of the ceramic pieces in our collections, but few people ask about who generously gave or bequeathed them to the museum. People donate items to us for all sorts of reasons, and most people only give one or two pieces, but we do have some […]

Potty Gardening Club: Leaves

29/04/202009:0923/04/2020 09:42Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners and welcome to our second week of the Potty Gardening Club. This week we are looking at leaves. Leaves provide food for many animals, including lots of different kinds of insects, as we discovered last week. But plants are not as defenseless as you may think. In fact, leaves are amazing […]

The Prisoner of War – VE Day Edition

As I write this blog, we’re almost upon the 75th commemoration of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, which marked the end of the Second World War in Europe after the unconditional German surrender on 8th May 1945. Celebrations and street parties were held all over Britain and many people were hopeful that they’d soon be […]

Designing a gallery fit for warrior treasure…

26/04/202009:0023/04/2020 11:23Leave a Comment

‘Some earl forgotten, in ancient years, left the last of his lofty race, heedfully there had hidden away dearest treasure’ Beowulf How do you begin to design an immersive, atmospheric gallery fit for the wonderful treasures of the Staffordshire Hoard – and on a limited budget? Well, the colour scheme, an easy choice, taking inspiration […]

Anglo-Saxon Animal Art: Colour and Discover

The Anglo-Saxons used complicated animal patterns to decorate the Staffordshire Hoard. They can sometimes be difficult to understand. This picture shows some of the decoration from the Hoard. Can you spot, in the picture below, some of the parts usually found in Anglo-Saxon animal art? Long jaws biting itself or another animal Pear shaped thighs […]

Meet Pierre

22/04/202009:0022/04/2020 09:34Leave a Comment

Bonjour! My name is Pierre, Pierre Peacock. I am also known as the Minton Peacock because I was made at the Minton pottery factory. I have a French name because the man who created me was from France. He was very talented, don’t you think? Look at the beautiful, bright colours in my feathers. The […]

Potty Gardening Club: Lily Beetle

22/04/202008:5029/04/2020 08:49Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, we hope you are all staying safe. We can’t get out into the Secret Garden at the museum at the moment, but there are plenty of gardening things you can do at home. The first thing to do is stay safe; wear gardening gloves if you have them, check your hands for cuts and […]