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Talking Treasures: The Passenger Pigeon

21/02/202113:0019/02/2021 10:34Leave a Comment

Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Glenn Roadley, Curator of Natural Science at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Talking Treasures: Art, Love and Murder

14/02/202110:0011/02/2021 11:17Leave a Comment

Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy this short talk with Dr Samantha Howard, Curator of Arts at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Tragic lovers in pottery

08/02/202116:1511/02/2021 11:08Leave a Comment

Tragic love, where one or both lovers die, has been a popular theme in literature and art. Traditionally, if the female partner survived they were supposed to be inconsolable, forever mourning their lost love, and giving artists the opportunity to depict grieving young women in a variety of ways. Many tragic lovers were drawn from […]

Myth and Magic in the East Asian Ivory and Jade Collections.

05/02/202109:33Leave a Comment

Across the world, traditional New Year wishes often focus on good luck, health and wealth for the year that lies ahead. To celebrate Chinese New Year 2021, which begins on February 12th this year, I have selected carvings from our East Asian ivory and jade collection to explore the ways in which these wishes are […]

Love Brings Solace and Joy

01/02/202107:0028/01/2021 11:06Leave a Comment

This gold ring is an item of jewellery known as a posy or posie ring. Posy rings were popular from the medieval period onwards. The name derives from the French for poetry, a reference to the short sayings with which these rings were inscribed. Worn as finger rings they were typically used as love tokens […]

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

02/12/202002:3002/12/2020 11:31Leave a Comment

The tree is up, the lights are on and carols are in the air. Many of the exhibits in the Natural History Gallery lend themselves to a Christmas theme and one of them is the star of one of our most well-known and mysterious Christmas carols – The Twelve Days of Christmas. Though there are […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …a Partridge. You are very unlikely to see a partridge in any sort of tree, let alone a pear tree, as they are definitely short grass ground loving birds. On the 2nd day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …Turtle Doves Sadly Turtle […]

New South Asian artworks for the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s fine art collection.

13/11/202010:0011/11/2020 16:41Leave a Comment

Six contemporary South Asian artworks for the fine art collection. We are delighted to announce the arrival of no less than 6 new artworks for our fine art collection. We have been able to acquire our first artworks by contemporary artists, Waswo X. Waswo (b.1953), Rajesh Soni (b.1981) and Rakesh Vijay (b.1970) with the support […]

Potty Gardening Club: Pumpkins and Halloween

28/10/202006:4527/10/2020 15:50Leave a Comment

Pumpkins are members of the Melon Family, along with melons, water melons, gourds, cucumbers, squashes and luffas. There are about 142 types of pumpkin worldwide, probably originating in Central America about 7,500 years ago with seeds being found in ancient ruins in Mexico. Although you may think of a pumpkin as a vegetable, it is […]

Potty Gardening Club – Fantastic Fungus

14/10/202006:3113/10/2020 14:33Leave a Comment

Summer has come to an end and autumn is now with us as plants die back and trees slowly go to sleep ready for the winter. This is the time of year when another lifeform is popping up in gardens and woods and lots of other places. They are neither Plant nor Animal. They are […]