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6. Christmas Cards

06/12/202003:0010/12/2020 09:08

It’s early December and time to write the Christmas cards. The tradition of sending Christmas greetings goes back a very long way. A letter dating from 1534 is the first known to include the phrase, ‘Merry Christmas’.  The first recorded Christmas cards were actually sent to King James I of England and his son, the […]

5. Stockings

05/12/202003:0010/12/2020 09:07

Don’t forget to hang up your stockings (or socks) ! This young girl darning stockings in front of a cosy fire is Mary Cartlidge, daughter of the Potteries artist, ceramic modeller and decorator, George Cartlidge (1868–1961). The origin of the popular Christmas tradition of leaving stockings out for Santa (or Father Christmas) is attributed to […]

4. Rockin’ Robin

04/12/202010:2710/12/2020 09:06

The robin is a much-loved garden visitor and over the years has become a symbol of Christmas. The iconic robins red breast is sported by both males and females. Robins can be spotted in summer and winter but are more fondly associated with winter and Christmas. Here are a few tales that reveal how they […]


03/12/202001:0010/12/2020 09:07

This picture was taken in around 1910, probably from St. James’ Church, looking back over Longton. The photographer, William Blake (1874-1957) lived nearby and took many iconic and dramatic pictures of the smoky environment lined with bottle ovens. Longton had a reputation for the density of potbanks crammed in side-by-side with houses and shops. The […]

DesignLab Nation Schools’ programme

02/12/202012:1510/12/2020 09:09

Would your school like to be part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s national schools programme, DesignLab Nation? DesignLab Nation brings together Secondary schools in partnership with the V&A, regional museums and creative industries to inspire students and support teachers through in-depth design projects.  DesignLab Nation is a fully funded project and we are looking […]

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

02/12/202002:3002/12/2020 11:31Leave a Comment

The tree is up, the lights are on and carols are in the air. Many of the exhibits in the Natural History Gallery lend themselves to a Christmas theme and one of them is the star of one of our most well-known and mysterious Christmas carols – The Twelve Days of Christmas. Though there are […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

01/12/202015:2401/12/2020 15:29Leave a Comment

On the first day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …a Partridge. You are very unlikely to see a partridge in any sort of tree, let alone a pear tree, as they are definitely short grass ground loving birds. On the 2nd day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …Turtle Doves Sadly Turtle […]

1. Spanish Dancers

01/12/202010:1310/12/2020 09:43

This figure is playing a friction drum  – or zambomba – a traditional  instrument comprising an earthenware pot with a membrane stretched over it. This is then vibrated to produce a sound using the stick which pierces the membrane. The zambomba is a traditional Spanish instrument which was often used at Christmas time to accompany […]

PMAG Advent Calendar

01/12/202010:0620/12/2020 19:20

Winter Wonderland

30/11/202014:2510/12/2020 09:10