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Ancient Greeks

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Learn about Ancient Greek Myths and Legends and Greek pottery. Ancient Greeks Fact Sheet The Story of Demeter and Persephone The Story of Heracles The Story of Perseus The Story of Zeus and Europa Gods of Ancient Greece Monsters Greek Patterns The Story of the Trojan War More information on Ancient Greek pottery in The […]

Arnold Bennett Collection

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The Arnold Bennett Collection is wide ranging, encompassing paintings and drawings by Bennett, letters, manuscripts, plays, photographs and books. It also includes objects owned by Bennett and his family. The collection has been put together over many years. Many items were donated to the City of Stoke-on-Trent in the 1950s when the Arnold Bennett Museum […]

Chinese Ceramic Highlights

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Small porcelain dish painted with symbols of longevity and good fortune. Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, 1723-1735 1938.P.44 This small porcelain dish is beautifully painted with underglaze and overglaze decoration, all of which is highly symbolic. The interior shows five bats flying between a peach tree and ocean waves. The peach tree is associated with immortality […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: A Mad Tea Party

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Chapter 7 There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. “Very […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: Advice from a Caterpillar

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Chapter 5 The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence and Alice surveyed the jungle. In every direction she could see mushrooms, each with their own caterpillar inhabitant. Each caterpillar was different, there were spiky ones and stripy ones, and one that looked like a fluffy little moustache. The original […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: Down the Rabbit Hole

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Chapter 1 Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and having nothing to do. Once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: Pig and Pepper

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Chapter 6 For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood, with the face of a fish and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles. It was opened by another footman in livery, with […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Caucus-Race

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Chapter 3 “But what IS a Caucus-race, exactly?” asked Alice. “Well, I think the best way to explain what a Caucus-race is, is to have a Caucus-race!” said the Dodo, already marking out a racecourse in a sort of circle. There was no: ‘ready, set, go!’. Instead, they ran whenever they liked, and left off […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Pool of Tears

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Chapter 2 Walking down the hall, led by even more paintings, Alice entered a room with glass cases everywhere. They were filled with all kinds of trinkets and curiosities. There were fans, bonnets, and an extravagant dress her sister would have fawned over for hours.   Before she had chance to go further, she heard […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Queen’s Croquet-Ground

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Chapter 8 A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. As Alice approached, she heard one of them say “Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!” “I couldn’t help it,” […]