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Personal Stories of the Second World War – Part 1

In the run up to the opening of our new Spitfire Gallery in 2021 we’re starting to collect the personal stories and memories of life and service during the Second World War.. If you have a story to share, contact us at Les Roberts, one of our Visitor Services Team, tells his family story: […]

The Secrets of Playing Cards – Part 1

03/06/202009:0002/06/2020 08:06Leave a Comment

This week is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of volunteers to thank them for the contribution that they make. So what better time to share this blog by Holly who has helped document some of our old sets of playing cards. At the beginning of 2020 I began to volunteer at the Potteries Museum and […]

Potty Gardening Club: Spiders

03/06/202006:4603/06/2020 10:42Leave a Comment

Wherever you are, you are not far away from a spider. They share our buildings and our gardens and I have even seen them on and in my car whilst I have been travelling. Spiders have even been seen thread flying at the height of small aeroplanes! Thread flying is where a spider lets out […]

Behind the Scenes – Designing a Magnificent Minibeast Safari

31/05/202006:1128/05/2020 12:48Leave a Comment

As this week it’s National Children’s Gardening Week, I thought this was the ideal time to share with you how back in 2009 I spent a lot of time in my garden exploring and taking photographs when I was tasked with creating one of my favourite exhibitions, a big exhibition about some of the smallest […]

Potty Gardening Club: Climbing Plants

27/05/202006:3927/05/2020 16:51Leave a Comment

Climbing plants are some of nature’s cheats and opportunists. They climb up and over other plants to reach the sunlight without wasting energy or producing their own supporting shoots. This adaptation saves the plant the effort of producing a strong supporting trunk of its own. Climbing plants grow across the ground until they come into […]

Tourists to the Potteries 1698-1933

25/05/202010:0026/05/2020 07:01Leave a Comment

We think of tourism as something that developed in the 20th century with the widespread adoption of rail, motor and air travel but for from the 17th century onward, those that had the money and leisure to do so, travelled around Britain, often keeping journals of where they visited and what they saw. Unlike other […]

Potty Gardening Club: Bees

20/05/202006:4118/05/2020 10:02Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, We hope you have been having a go at the club’s activities and keeping busy. Thinking of keeping busy, this week we are looking at one of the busiest visitors to your garden and one of the most important. The Bee! You may be suprised to know there are over 270 species […]

Potty Gardening Club: Flowers

13/05/202006:5311/05/2020 09:54Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners, Spring is well and truly with us! The plants are growing and flowers are beginning to bloom. People love growing flowers. We plant flowers in our gardens for colour and scent. But there is more to a flower than that. Flowers are a special part of the plant. They contain the […]

Wartime Pottery

06/05/202015:0106/05/2020 15:05Leave a Comment

At the outbreak of war in September 1939 pottery production was being scaled back. Many pottery workers were being called up into the forces, or had volunteered, while others left to do war work at the local munition factories and engineering works. While export orders declined rapidly, the British government was placing large orders to […]

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. […]