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The online catalogue does not include details of all our collections. Contact us for further information on collections not yet featured online.

Museum Treasures: Ozzy the Owl

Our Spitfire may have flown the nest for a little while but our favourite ceramic owl has stayed put. Ozzy first came to the world’s attention on an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in March 1990. He was acquired shortly afterwards by the museum to join the significant slipware collection and is one of the museum’s most iconic objects. Ozzy’s seller used the money from this sale to support five orphans from around the world.

Ozzy’s body has been thrown and moulded wings and modelled feet applied. The head acts as a cover for the jug and can be removed and used as a cup. Different coloured slips have been run onto the body of the jug then mixed together to form a feathered effect. Trailing and dotting techniques have been used around the eyes.

Staffordshire slipware is one of the most famous pottery types to have been produced in the region. However these wares tend to be unmarked, making it difficult to attribute Ozzy and his fellow wares to individual potters or decorators. It is widely believed that Ozzy was made somewhere in Staffordshire between 1670 and 1730 making him over 280 years old. Ozzy’s previous owners admitted to using him as a door stop which makes it all the more remarkable that he survived in such good condition!

Ozzy sits proud in the museum’s ceramic gallery and continues to charm and inspire a whole new generation of visitors and potters.

Museum Treasures; Joseph Grimaldi Figure

Earthenware figure of Joseph Grimaldi c.1828, made by Enoch Wood, Burslem

Staffordshire potters have been making figures since the mid 18th century. While most were purely decorative, in the 19th century they began making figures showing the celebrities of the day. Many figures depicted royalty or politicians but some of the most popular showed the stars of the stage. One was Joseph Grimaldi (1779-1837). The original ‘Clown Joey’, Grimaldi was a comedian, acrobat and singer who introduced many innovations to the British stage. These included the concept of the pantomime dame and audience participation in songs – something which became the hallmark of the Victorian music halls. He also pioneered the use of catchphrases and this figure, which is derived from a print of Grimaldi, shows him greeting his audience with the words “Here we are again!”

Joseph_Grimaldi as clown c.1820. George Cruikshank (1792 – 1878)

Grimaldi retired from the stage in 1823 returning briefly five years later. He died in poverty aged 49. This figure, showing Grimaldi in his character as Clown, was almost certainly made to mark his final appearance. It is earthenware with hand-painted details. Although unmarked we know that it was produced by the Burslem manufacturer, Enoch Wood, as it matches sherds of Wood’s pottery found when St Paul’s Church, Burslem, was demolished. Similar figures were also made in porcelain by the Derby factory. The modern equivalents of this piece are the collectible figures of television and film characters.

Joseph Grimaldi, by John Cawse (date unknown)

The Potteries Museum has a large collection of Staffordshire figures ranging from the mid 18th century through to the present day, of which many are on display in the ceramics gallery.

Archaeology

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is the principal repository for archaeological material from Staffordshire.  The large archaeology collection includes artefacts which date from the prehistoric period right up to post-medieval ceramics from the sites of former local pottery manufactories. The latter complements the museum’s extensive ceramic collections.

Artefacts deemed to be Treasure as defined by the Treasure Act are acquired. The most high-profile of these is the Staffordshire Hoard – an Anglo-Saxon hoard of gold and silver artefacts – which is jointly owned with Birmingham City Council.

Archaeology Collections Online

Archaeology Collections Online

We have an ever-growing list of our archaeology collections available to view online.
Staffordshire Hoard

Staffordshire Hoard

The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.
Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs

Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs

We did it! Thank you to the members of the public and numerous charitable trusts and organisations who helped us to bring the Leekfrith Iron Age torcs back to North Staffordshire where they belong and can be freely seen and enjoyed by all visitors to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Stoke-on-Trent Young Archaeologists’ Club

Stoke-on-Trent Young Archaeologists’ Club

Details about our Young Archaeologist's Club.
Money & Medals Network

Money & Medals Network

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery are a partner in the Money & Medals Network which is funded by Arts Council England and the British Museum's Partnership UK programme. [External Link]
Prehistoric Objects

Prehistoric Objects

Explore some of the prehistoric objects in our online catalogue - Stone Age to Iron Age
Identifying Finds

Identifying Finds

How to contact us about identification queries. We also hold regular Finds Days in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme's regional Finds Liaison Officer.
Deposition of Archaeological Archives

Deposition of Archaeological Archives

Information for archaeological projects and contractors who wish to deposit archaeological archives at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Key Stage 1 Workshops

Animal Pots (Foundation/KS1) Study the creatures in the Ceramics Gallery, including the Minton Peacock. Make a clay container with an animal inside.

Performing Puppets (Foundation/KS1) Explore a variety of puppets from our collection. Design and make a stick puppet with moving arms and legs.

Toys from the Past (Foundation/KS1) What sort of toys did your great-grandparents play with? Work out how they move and what they are made of and make a simple toy. *Adaptations of this workshop is particularly suitable for special schools.

Clay Portrait Heads (KS1/2) Discover sculpture in our art gallery. Draw a friend and investigate the properties of clay by sculpting a portrait.

Digging Detectives (KS1/2) Develop historical skills and find out what an archaeologist does. Dig for lost artefacts, plan finds on an archaeological grid and re-assemble broken pots. This workshop can be themed to fit with your Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Stone Age topic if required.

Stone Age Pots (KS1/KS2) Learn how  Stone Age people made their pots. Create your own Stone age pot from clay, inspired by the pots in our collection and decorate it with it  natural materials.

Anglo Saxon Pots (KS1/KS2) Anglo Saxons used clay pots for many of their everyday life activities from cooking, to cremation. Create your own Anglo Saxon Pot from clay, inspired by our collection and decorate it with the Runic Alphabet.

Foundation Stage Workshops

Animal Pots (Foundation/KS1) Study the creatures in the Ceramics Gallery, including the Minton Peacock. Make a clay container with an animal inside.

Performing Puppets (Foundation/KS1) Explore a variety of puppets from our collection. Design and make a stick puppet with moving arms and legs.

Toys from the Past (Foundation/KS1) What sort of toys did your great-grandparents play with? Work out how they move and what they are made of and make a simple toy. *Adaptations of this workshop is particularly suitable for special schools.

Café

The museum café offers a range of refreshments including freshly made sandwiches, baked potatoes and local delicacy – Staffordshire Oatcakes.

There is also a selection of homemade cakes available and a licensed bar serving wine, beer and spirits. Check our menu for the full range of food and drinks on offer.

We ask that seating be reserved for those making purchases in the Museum Café. If you have brought your own food please use the seating area in the School Space on the Lower Ground Floor. Please do not eat or drink in other areas of the museum, as this can attract insect pests which damage our collections and displays.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Café serves traditional Afternoon Teas which must be booked in advance, all served on our vintage Burleigh ware. Price £9.50 per person or £8.00 for group bookings of 10 or more.

Whilst in the home of the ‘Potteries’ why not combine your visit with a behind-the scenes-tour of our Ceramics store followed by Afternoon Tea, Price £25 per person which includes 10% discount in Foyer shop, minimum 10 people, maximum 15.

Please contact Melanie Firman on 01782 232512 for availability or email .

Throughout the year we have a series of events held within the café including musical evenings, talks and themed dining experiences. See our What’s On section for upcoming events.

Galleries

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is home to diverse displays of art, local history, natural sciences and the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

The museum aims to be inclusive and open to all. We have reflection spaces around the museum where visitors can enjoy quiet moments. As well as areas within the galleries, we have a Secret Garden where visitors can sit and enjoy the garden space which includes locally crafted works of art.

Staffordshire Hoard

Staffordshire Hoard

Discovered by a metal detectorist in 2009 and dating from the 7th century, this is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Featured as part of our Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Mercia gallery.
Spitfire Gallery

Spitfire Gallery

Our Spitfire Gallery is closed while we build an exciting new home for the city's Spitfire, RW388. Returning in 2021. Follow our blog for regular spitfire updates.  
Local History

Local History

The Local History gallery represents the history of the people of Stoke-on-Trent. Arranged as a series of room settings depicting domestic and working life it includes a schoolroom, a pub and a chip shop.
Archaeology

Archaeology

The archaeology gallery showcases Staffordshire’s rich and diverse archaeological heritage from prehistoric technologies to daily life in a Roman household, medieval monasticism to the early potters of Burslem.
Natural Science

Natural Science

Explore the geology and wildlife around The Potteries. Find out about local wallabies, play nature-inspired games and relax surrounded by the sounds of local birds and mammals.
Ceramics

Ceramics

The gallery includes a technical section illustrating the production techniques of pottery and also includes more unusual collections, such as the Keiller collection of 667 cow creamer jugs and the Marjorie Davies collection of nearly 300 frog mugs.
Fine Art

Fine Art

Displayed works include examples from the key artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as urban and industrial painting- including the Camden Town School, and French-influenced early twentieth-century artists such as the Slade School and the Scottish Colourists.
Design

Design

The gallery showcases a diverse selection from the decorative arts collection, including textiles and costume, alongside contemporary design pieces.
Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

From creepy crawlies to fine art – now you can explore our vast catalogue of varied exhibitions from throughout the history of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Online Galleries

Online Galleries

We're pleased to share work from the local community made in response to our collections.
Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

We’ve partnered with Google’s StreetView team to develop a 360 degree view of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Navigate around the museum from the comfort of your own device.

Education

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery provides a range of inspiring workshops from Foundation to Key Stage 4 classes. Our workshops have been carefully developed to inspire, involve and motivate. We offer hands on, interactive workshops where your pupils can get up close to our amazing collections. Our collections include: local history, natural science, fine art, craft and ceramics.

All our workshops are designed to support learning in the classroom and we are able to make adaptations to workshops to suit any access needs.

We are currently redeveloping our school programme to conform to Covid-19 safety strategies. Some workshops may have been temporarily changed for your safety.

Workshops

Workshops

Be amazed by Anglo Saxon Warrior treasures or create a clay masterpiece to rival Wedgwood
Real World Science

Real World Science

Try the work of a real life scientist in our Real World Science workshops
Family Home Learning

Family Home Learning

Although the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 measures, we are still here to help and support families with their children’s learning.
Booking Enquiries

Booking Enquiries

To make an enquiry about booking an education session, please contact our Education team at 
Planning your Visit

Planning your Visit

If you are bringing a group on an independent visit, please let us know in advance to avoid potential bottlenecks. Informal visits should have a clear focus and pupils should be well supervised at all times.
Price List

Price List

Half day (1½ hour workshop) £4.50 per pupil
All day (2 workshops) £6.00 per pupil
We ask that schools book for a minimum of 10 pupils.
If a workshop or tour is cancelled by a school less than 2 weeks before the booked date we reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the cost.
Arts Award Supporter

Arts Award Supporter

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is an Arts Award Supporter venue. We have a wide range of different activities to help you achieve your Arts Award qualification. We can help you to gain your Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award - look for the Arts Award logo.
Cooking with Clay

Cooking with Clay

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and BCB have been working with partners across Europe to create a recipe book style toolkit. This toolkit is a cookery book that gives ingredients and methods to creatively engage diverse audiences with clay and ceramics collections. Part of the EU funded project Ceramics and its Dimensions.
Touching Ceramics

Touching Ceramics

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, as part of the EU funded project, Ceramics and its Dimensions have developed a resource for introducing ceramics collections for adults with visual impairments. This was done in consultation with Action for the Blind. It gives instruction on how to put together a Tactile Box with aids and prompts and how to use it with a group.
Workshops at Gladstone

Workshops at Gladstone

Explore the range of workshops offered by Gladstone Pottery Museum

Visit

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is home to diverse displays of art, local history, natural sciences and the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

The museum aims to be inclusive and open to all. We have reflection spaces around the museum where visitors can enjoy quiet moments. As well as areas within the galleries, we have a Secret Garden where visitors can sit and enjoy the garden space which includes locally crafted works of art.

From 2 March 2020 construction will begin on our exciting new Spitfire Gallery. This may cause temporary changes to access which will be regularly summarised and updated HERE.

For duration of the Spitfire build we recommend blue badge holders use parking on Albion Street (ST1 1QF) and Bethesda Street (ST1 3BP). These spaces will offer the shortest route to the museum entrance.

Inside the museum there is lift access to all floors.

The museum has no on-site parking. Several Pay & Display Car Parks can be found nearby [Google Maps]. Cycle parking is located either side of the main entrance to the museum.

Find Us

Find Us

Bethesda St, Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW
Opening Times

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Temporary Changes to Access

Temporary Changes to Access

From Monday 2 March work will be starting on our exciting new Spitfire Gallery. Click here to stay up-to-date with any temporary effects the work might have on access to our building or services.
Museum Guide [PDF]

Museum Guide [PDF]

Download our guide to the layout of the museum to help you plan your visit.
Admission Free

Admission Free

We offer free public WiFi at the museum – simply connect to ‘SotCC-Guest’ and complete the registration page.

Our Access and Learning Policy can be found here.
Galleries and Displays

Galleries and Displays

Discover the story of The Potteries through exciting displays of art, local history, natural sciences and the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.
Café

Café

The museum café offers a range of refreshments including freshly made sandwiches, baked potatoes and local delicacy – Staffordshire Oatcakes.
Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Find that perfect gift or souvenir in our Gift Shop, located in the museum foyer.