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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Bobby

16/04/202012:3709/06/2020 16:56Leave a Comment

Drum Major Bunnykins reporting for duty. My friends call me Bobby. Ozzy has asked me to bounce by to say hello. I am the leader of The Bunnykins Oomph Band – me and the other bunnies/rabbits march around the Ceramics Gallery, playing music for our friends. We only play when there are no visitors around […]

Meet Felicity

16/04/202010:4421/04/2020 14:09Leave a Comment

Hello everyone. Have you seen Ozzy fly by? He asked me to hop over to meet some of his friends – he must mean you. I’m Felicity Frog and it’s a pleasure to meet you. I belong to a large family of frogs. They live in Russia now but I stayed here to tell our […]

Vlog: Meet Miranda Goodby, Ceramics Curator

15/04/202012:3019/05/2020 13:52Leave a Comment

What is your name and job title? I’m Miranda Goodby and I am the Senior Curator of Ceramics. What is in the Ceramics Collection and What do you do as a Curator? Here at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery the Ceramics Collection includes pottery and porcelain from around the world, and it ranges in […]

Helen’s Mini Museum

15/04/202011:3315/04/2020 14:04Leave a Comment

Hello, my name is Helen and this is my Mini Museum… I store my mini museum an old printer’s tray (a draw that was used to store individual letters for letterpress printing) and hangs on the wall in my lounge. My ‘museum’ is full of a mixture of items that mean something to me. This […]

The Art of the Staffordshire Hoard

14/04/202010:0023/04/2020 08:01Leave a Comment

Since its discovery in 2009, the decoration of the Staffordshire Hoard has attracted much attention. The remarkable craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxons produced stunning and intricate designs through casting, filigree (delicate wire work) and garnet cloisonné (cut gemstones separated by strips of gold). The designs in the hoard are typical of Germanic (a diverse group of […]