“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!”

The school holidays have officially started and while we may not be going abroad on holiday, many of us are looking forward to short breaks or days out in this country. The concept of a fortnight away in the sun is quite a modern one. It was not until 1938 that the Holidays with Pay […]

Potty Gardening Club: Dandelion – Friend or Foe?

22/07/202006:0622/07/2020 10:27Leave a Comment

Dandelions are one of the most successful plants in the world, they seem to grow anywhere! In the cracks of the pavement, in your lawn and flower bed, at the side of the road – in fact anywhere they can set roots down. We are all familiar with dandelion clocks, like the one in my […]

Spitfire Progress – Dispersed Production

The Coronavirus outbreak halted much of the work on Spitfire RW388 for a number of weeks. Several members have been working on new or refurbished parts away from the main workshop. There are many pieces of the Spitfire which were missing when it came to the city. Replacing these with replicas or authentic spares has […]

Potty Gardening Club: Moths and Butterflies

08/07/202006:5901/07/2020 13:09Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, welcome to another session of your Gardening Club. This week we will be looking at butterflies and moths. We have all seen butterflies, and sometimes moths, fluttering about our gardens and I am sure we have all seen the caterpillars as they munch their way through different plants. Did you know there […]

Behind the Scenes – Beside the Seaside

The sun is shining, we’ve completed our gardening and now our thoughts turn to summer holidays. Our summer holidays may be a bit different this year, we may stay at home or holiday in the UK when we may usually venture abroad. Whatever we chose to do, we can still have lots of fun. Put […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing from Seed

24/06/202006:5529/06/2020 11:26Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty gardeners, Did you do any of the previous experiments? Keep watching them, they will grow! This week we are continuing with growing things. Plant seeds come in many different shapes and sizes. Look at the picture below of just some of the seeds I have in my greenhouse. From these tiny seeds […]

Frank Scott Collection of Rolled Pipe Clay Figures.

23/06/202009:0223/06/2020 09:11Leave a Comment

In 2016 The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s ceramics department acquired their very own wine butler, shepherd, gardener, conjuror, two strongmen and a drunk! These welcomed additions to the department are of course rolled clay figures and not a new intake of staff members. To be exact the museum was fortunate enough to acquire the […]

‘To My Father from your Loving Son: A Message from the Front

17/06/202009:0017/06/2020 15:40Leave a Comment

Fathers’ Day is a day of honouring fathers and many of us will be sending cards and gifts to celebrate. The day itself is relatively recent, having been introduced to Britain some time after the Second World War, nevertheless there is a long tradition of honouring and showing appreciation to one’s father.

Father’s Day Nostalgia Over the Decades

12/06/202013:52Leave a Comment

We starting celebrating Father’s Day in the UK shortly after the Second World War. Here we bring together some objects from across the decades which would probably have been perfect presents at the time.

Spitfire Gallery Texts – We Want Your Feedback

This is the first in a series of opportunities to help shape the way we will explore the Spitfire in our new gallery. I’ve spent much of my lock down working from home and concentrating on one topic in particular – Spitfires! It may seem far away now, but 2021 will see the opening of […]