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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 […]

An Ideal Gift for Father’s Day?

11/06/202012:1611/06/2020 12:24Leave a Comment

Father’s Day, marked on the third Sunday in June, was ‘invented’ in 1910 in the USA and was only slowly adopted in the UK. Since World War II, however, it has been much more widely celebrated and this year, once again, fathers across the country will be receiving cards and gifts. What to get men […]

Do you know what’s in your garden?

11/06/202012:1501/07/2020 11:16Leave a Comment

With many of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect chance to discover the wildlife living on your patch. Exploring the garden is a great way to connect you and your family to nature, and spending time with nature has been shown to benefit mental and physical wellbeing. You don’t need to […]

Lockdown DIY: Creating a Small Garden Pond from Recycled Materials

11/06/202012:0411/06/2020 12:17Leave a Comment

One of the best ways to help wildlife in your garden is to create a pond. This provides a habitat for freshwater plants and insects, or even fish and frogs. As a keen aquarist, I’ve longed for a pond since buying our first home a couple of years ago, but with only a small lawn […]

Collecting during Coronavirus

Like many museums and archives up and down the country we are considering how we can record the impact of Covid-19 in our local area, so Stoke-on-Trent’s Museum Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Archives have joined forces to ensure there is a permanent record in the museum and archive collections. The blog below sets out our […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing Things

10/06/202006:5408/06/2020 12:06Leave a Comment

Plants are very important, they clean the air that we breath through the process of photosynthesis. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. Plants absorb light, carbon dioxide, and water to make sugar for energy to fuel growth, and release oxygen as a waste product. Plants are brilliant at […]