Vlog: Meet Glenn Roadley, Natural Science Curator

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the first in what will hopefully be a series of videos from behind the scenes at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Each week we’ll quizzing a different member of our team to find out just what makes the museum tick. In this first episode I’ll be interviewing […]

The Tale of the Broken Sword

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They were buried on hills, just within sight of one another. They had spent all their life together, but now they were a distance apart, but forever linked by the landscapes around them. Sounds romantic right? But we’re not talking about ancient Romeo and Juliet. This blog is actually about a Bronze Age sword that […]

How to Explore the Museum from Home

It’s strange times we’re living in, and many of us are joining the working-from-home club or entering periods of social isolation. While our museum doors may be temporarily closed to the public, we’re fortunate enough that the wonders of the internet has made keeping everyone in touch easier than ever, and we’ll be using our […]

Spitfire Progress – New Year Edition

We begin 2020 with a fresh update on the restoration of Spitfire RW388. The aircraft remains at the workshops of the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Ltd (MAPSL) as it enters the next phase. Work slowed towards the end of 2019 due to the planned redevelopment of Rocester Airport, which includes an archaeological excavation of both […]

A Unique Memorial

Visitors to the museum last November (2018) may remember seeing our exhibition, For The Fallen, which was centered around a unique, painted wall hanging, created to commemorate and honour the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. One year later, at this time of remembrance, I wanted to revisit the history and meaning of this special object. […]

Bombing The Potteries

Early this year we hosted David, a History student eager to help us catalogue and digitise some of our Second World War collections. One of David’s jobs was to scan in a scrapbook recording air raid damage across the city. Here’s what David uncovered in some of his own words: I find it hard to […]

The Pottery riots in Burslem, August 1842

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In the ceramics collection here at PMAG there are three items closely connected with the riots of 1842, each given to one of the protagonists: the man in charge of the Burslem police force, George Ryles; Captain Thomas Powys who gave the order to fire on the rioters; and the Chartist orator, Thomas Cooper, who […]

Garnets & Gold – What’s new in the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery?

If you follow us on social media you might have picked up subtle hints that July 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard. Needless to say, it’s making many of us here at PMAG feel very old! To commemorate this event we are holding a series of exciting events throughout […]

Shortlisted! Family Friendly Museum Award 2019

20/06/201908:34Leave a Comment

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award 2019. UK charity Kids in Museums awards the honour annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families. It is the only museum […]

Crash Landings

It’s no secret that Spitfire RW388 didn’t have the longest flying career. It was built in 1945 and grounded permanently in 1952. Unfortunately, our collection lacks detailed evidence for the aircraft’s activities during those seven years. So I was very excited when our close partner, Operation Spitfire, drew my attention to some documents I’d never […]