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24. Five Gold Rings

24/12/202003:0016/12/2020 14:53

‘Five gold rings’ is the prolonged verse we all look forward to singing from the Twelve Days of Christmas before the quick descent back down to ‘a partridge in a pear tree’. Pictured here is a 15th-century, medieval, gold finger ring. It has a black-letter inscription reading: ‘Love conquers all except the heart of a […]


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 […]

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 […]

49 Years, 11 Months

09/06/202010:52Leave a Comment

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

7. Figure of Winter


Figure of Winter from a set of Seasons by Neale & Co., Hanley, Staffordshire, 1778-1790 The Museum has an excellent collection of Staffordshire figures dating from c.1750-1800. Many of them came from the collection of Miss EM Wood and were purchased for the City in 1949 with grants from a variety of institutions and individuals. […]

8. Christmas Trees


Over the Christmas period most people will have a decorated tree in their homes, whether it’s a real one, a fairly realistic fake one, an unabashedly fake tinsel one or a minimalist ultra-modern one. Christmas would hardly be Christmas without a tree as a centrepiece. However this traditional feature has only been a part of […]

9. Anglo-Saxon Christmas

09/12/202001:0010/12/2020 09:08

This gold cross, with delicate filigree decoration, is among a small number of Christian items found in the Staffordshire Hoard. When Anglo-Saxons first began to settle in England they brought their Pagan beliefs with them. However, by the time the Staffordshire Hoard was buried after around 650AD, a number of kingdoms had converted to Christianity. […]

A Nurse’s Autograph Book

10/12/201813:1504/05/2020 15:18Leave a Comment

I only re-joined the team here at The Potteries Museum a few months ago. It’s been a pleasure reacquainting myself with the collections and exhibitions. One of the best bits of being a new curator is getting to know the many objects in your care and the thrill of discovery as you do so. Taking […]