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Nautilus in a Bottle – Potty Science Club

30/06/202109:0023/06/2021 08:15Leave a Comment

Hello and welcome to Potty Science Club session number 6! All our experiments are conducted in a home environment, not in a lab, and will be safe and simple using equipment and items you can find in your own home. The experiments will reflect on an item or exhibit held in the Museum’s collections. Today’s […]

New Acquisition to the art collection

19/04/201909:0029/04/2019 15:24Leave a Comment

Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987) We are always very grateful that people generously offer us items for the museum collections. We were recently delighted by a gift of the painting, Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987). Coldstream was one of the most influential British painters of the 20th […]

Phillip Connard, The Lilac Dress

23/02/201811:1521/02/2018 17:41Leave a Comment

This rather enigmatic portrait of a lady, known as The Lilac Dress, is one of the earliest paintings purchased for the museum’s fine art collection in 1926. The Lancashire-born artist Phillip Connard RA (1875-1958), first worked as a house painter and studied art part-time until he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. […]

School Loans Box Service

24/09/202008:2226/03/2021 10:02

Bring the museum into your classroom with one of our PMAG loans boxes. Our loans boxes contain either real or replica artefacts, which have been chosen to support your classroom teaching. They are a great way to give your class an exciting, hands on learning experience, which engages them with history or the natural world. […]

Staffordshire Police Collection

10/06/201915:1910/12/2020 11:16

We hold objects that used to be part of the Staffordshire Police Museum. The collection is varied and illustrates the history of policing in Staffordshire through photography, ephemera, uniform, and equipment. Some of the Staffordshire Police Collection, and other objects relating to the history of policing, are available to browse in our online catalogue. If […]

The Art of the Staffordshire Hoard

14/04/202010:0023/04/2020 08:01Leave a Comment

Since its discovery in 2009, the decoration of the Staffordshire Hoard has attracted much attention. The remarkable craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxons produced stunning and intricate designs through casting, filigree (delicate wire work) and garnet cloisonné (cut gemstones separated by strips of gold). The designs in the hoard are typical of Germanic (a diverse group of […]

The Potteries at War

01/04/202115:0101/09/2021 15:44Leave a Comment

Explore this page to discover some of the ways the local area was affected by the outbreak of the Second World War. Many of the objects shown are also on display inside the Spitfire Gallery. The Potteries at War 1939-1945 Air Raids German bombers targeted north Staffordshire due to its steelworks, railways, coal production, and […]

The Science Behind the Spitfire – Part 1: Wonderful Wings

05/03/202102:0008/03/2021 07:50Leave a Comment

Today marks the start of British Science Week AND is the 85th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight in 1936. This is the first of a series of blogs on the Science Behind the Spitfire.  The aeroplane is renowned for its performance and the important role it played during the Second World War. We will […]

The Secrets of Playing Cards – Part 1

03/06/202009:0002/06/2020 08:06Leave a Comment

This week is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of volunteers to thank them for the contribution that they make. So what better time to share this blog by Holly who has helped document some of our old sets of playing cards. At the beginning of 2020 I began to volunteer at the Potteries Museum and […]

Through the Wardrobe

30/11/202013:0910/12/2020 09:11

16/11/2019 – 22/12/2019 Step through the wardrobe and enter the enchanted forest of Narnia frozen in perpetual winter. Stand beneath the lamp-post and see the White Witches sleigh surrounded by some magical objects from the museum’s collections.