Local History

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Potteries: The Clue is in the Crest.

01/05/202012:3201/05/2020 12:33Leave a Comment

Stoke-on-Trent is known far and wide as the ceramics capital of the world earning itself the title of ‘The Potteries’. To this day the name remains in use despite the huge changes in both the economy and landscape of the six towns that make up the City of Stoke-on-Trent.  Few obvious signs of the locality’s […]

The Prisoner of War – VE Day Edition

As I write this blog, we’re almost upon the 75th commemoration of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, which marked the end of the Second World War in Europe after the unconditional German surrender on 8th May 1945. Celebrations and street parties were held all over Britain and many people were hopeful that they’d soon be […]

Vlog: Meet Joe Perry, Local History Curator

Hello, welcome to the second of our Meet the Team video series where we quiz a member of the team and find out a bit more about their job and what makes the museum tick. What is your name and job title? My name is Joe Perry and I’m the Curator of Local History at […]

Spitfire Progress – More Paint, More Parts

Welcome to another edition of the Spitfire Progress Report. Things have understandably slowed recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, where practical, some members of MAPSL are continuing to work on replica parts from home (a bit like the original dispersed production of Spitfires during the Second World War!)[1] The time-consuming task of sourcing missing […]

Meet me at the Museum: Abby Taylor

27/03/202011:3027/03/2020 11:32Leave a Comment

I have spent most of my life in museums, one way or another. As a visitor, a volunteer and now as a member of staff. I remember going to The Potteries Museum with my parents and my grandparents as a child. In fact, it is my earliest museum memory. I loved spending time looking round […]

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 […]