Local History

Spitfire Progress – roundels and more!

We’re very pleased to bring you an especially exciting progress report – it feels like a couple of significant milestones have been reached since our last update. Stencilling Last time we reported that the greys and green of the Spitfire’s main colour scheme had been applied. Now the RAF roundel, serial number, and squadron code […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

49 Years, 11 Months

The history of Potteries Motor Traction Ltd (PMT) can be traced back into the 19th century. So it’s no surprise that the museum collections include objects, photographs and ephemera relating the company. We continue to grow this part of our archive with four objects recently donated by the family of Reginald Johnson. They entail a […]

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 […]