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14. Seven swans a-swimming

14/12/202010:5814/12/2020 10:59

Swans have long been associated with both Christmas and royalty, having been served at royal banquets for hundred of years. There’s a popular myth that the Queen owns all the swans in Britain and that only she is allowed to eat them. However, other landowners have been able to possess swans since the 15th Century, […]

15. Christmas Telegram

15/12/202011:0315/12/2020 11:04

This simple Christmas telegram was among thousands being sent home by soldiers stationed overseas during the Second World War. Telegrams were charged by the word – so messages tended to be short. Even so, receiving a message like this was a comfort and a reminder that your loved one was alive and thinking of you. […]

16. The Indomitable Snowman

16/12/202003:0015/12/2020 10:59

As sure as Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve or leftover turkey on Boxing Day, the beloved animation The Snowman will be watched by millions of people all over the UK this festive period. The book, The Snowman was first published in 1978 by the children’s writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs. The animated film was later […]

17. Away in a Manger

17/12/202003:0015/12/2020 10:26

The story of the Nativity often features a diverse cast of animals including the ox and the ass (or donkey), as well as a few camels who arrived with the Three Kings (or Wise Men) to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Oxen (or cattle) in particular became firmly associated with nativity scenes after the publication […]

18. Christmas Island

18/12/202003:0016/12/2020 10:32

Despite its name, there are no reindeer and a very little chance of snow on Christmas Island. Christmas island is located south of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. Although the island had been noticed on earlier voyages, it was named ‘Christmas Island’ on December 25th 1643 as Captain William Mynors passed by on his return […]

19. The Turkey Boy

19/12/202003:0015/12/2020 12:00

If you haven’t bought your turkey yet there is still just time, although it’s unlikely to be as large as this one. Our figure was modelled by locally-born sculptor, Harry Parr, (1882-c.1966) who produced a series of lively ceramic figures from his studio in Chelsea during the 1920s. This figure group was inspired by a […]

20. Snowy Owl

20/12/202003:0017/12/2020 09:53

As the name suggests, snowy owls are found in arctic regions, with their white feathers providing camouflage against the snow. Unlike most owls, they are usually active during the day. They are not often seen in the British Isles, occasionally venturing as far south as the Cairngorms in Scotland during the breeding season, but they […]

21 – Reindeer in Staffordshire


Did you know there was a time when you didn’t have to wait until Christmas to see a Reindeer in North Staffordshire? The proof can be found among our archaeology collections. In the caves of the Staffordshire Peak District,  in the Manifold and Hamps Valley, archaeologists excavated animal remains dating back beyond 12,000 years ago […]

22. He’ll be coming down the chimney when he comes

22/12/202003:0015/12/2020 14:01

The range of ceramic production in Stoke-on-Trent is as broad as anywhere in the world. Over the years it seems the imagination was the only limiting factor to what pottery manufacturers were willing to produce. In particular, teapots have been subjected to all manner of weird and wonderful shapes and decoration. Manufacturers of novelty teapots […]

23. Madonna and Child

23/12/202003:0016/12/2020 10:59

The image of the Virgin Mary (or Madonna) and Christ child are central to traditional Christian imagery associated with Christmas. For his sculpture made in stoneware depicting the Madonna and Child, ceramics artist, Phil Eglin draws upon the devotional images of the Virgin Mary with the infant Christ often seen in Renaissance art.