The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is the principal repository for archaeological material from Staffordshire. The large archaeology collection includes artefacts which date from the prehistoric period right up to post-medieval ceramics from the sites of former local pottery manufactories. The latter complements the museum’s extensive ceramic collections.
Artefacts deemed to be Treasure as defined by the Treasure Act are acquired. The most high-profile of these is the Staffordshire Hoard – an Anglo-Saxon hoard of gold and silver artefacts – which is jointly owned with Birmingham City Council.
Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs
We did it! Thank you to the members of the public and numerous charitable trusts and organisations who helped us to bring the Leekfrith Iron Age torcs back to North Staffordshire where they belong and can be freely seen and enjoyed by all visitors to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Money & Medals Network
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery are a partner in the Money & Medals Network which is funded by Arts Council England and the British Museum's Partnership UK programme. [External Link]
Explore some of the prehistoric objects in our online catalogue - Stone Age to Iron Age
How to contact us about identification queries. We also hold regular Finds Days in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme's regional Finds Liaison Officer.