Collections

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]