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Privacy Policy

As part of making The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Covid-secure in line with guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, the museum will collect personal data for use in the NHS Test and Trace system. You can find out more about how Stoke-on-Trent City Council collects and processes your data here.

How we use your personal information

Who we are

Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service includes The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum and is part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. We take your privacy seriously and will only keep and use your personal information for reasons the law requires or allows. Stoke-on-Trent City council is the data controller for the personal information we hold about you in relation to Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service. In order to comply with data protection legislation we must be sure you understand how we use this information. Our website address is

What personal information we collect and why we collect it

We collect your personal data at the point when you first make contact with us. The purposes for which the data will be used are to provide you with information about our exhibitions, displays, events and promotions, fundraising appeals, if you apply for membership of one of our clubs or societies or purchase an annual pass, volunteering and to provide a service including information about objects brought in for enquiry, to donate to the museum collections. We are able to do this because we already have your consent to do it and/or you have entered into a contract with us and we can’t fulfil it without doing this.

If you use our contact forms and museum documentation forms, we ask you for your name and email address. We store this information in our database and also in our receiving email software. We will only use those details to contact you directly about your enquiry or to provide the service you are requesting, we do not pass these details to any third party.

If you use our website your Internet Protocol Address (IP address) is stored in our server logs during your use of our website, and for 30 days thereafter upon which it is deleted. We use IP addresses to protect our services, using both firewall and content delivery techniques. We do not cross reference your IP address to any other data, nor use it to determine who you are (reverse lookup or search).

If you leave a comment on our website site or other online communication media, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

We use Google Analytics to measure the usage of our website. We keep these usage statistics for one year. Google Analytics does not allow us to personally identify you.

We do not share the name or email address or IP address of any user of our website with any third parties.

Your rights

Data protection law provides you with certain rights, however not all of these rights will be available to you in all situations. Where we are under a legal duty to use data for a particular purpose you will not have the right to prevent it being used in that way.

A full list of the rights you may have, under data protection law, is given below:
1. You can ask to see the information we hold about you.
2. You can ask what is being done with the information we hold about you.
3. You can ask to have some of the data we hold about you deleted.
4. You can ask us to review a decision made about you by a computer, and ask for a new decision to be made by a person.
5. You can ask us to stop processing the data we hold about you
6. You can ask us to make changes to data about you that you believe is inaccurate.
7. In some circumstances you can ask us to help you move your information to another organisation.
8. You can ask us to restrict or limit what we do with your data, for example if you believe the data we hold is inaccurate, or if you believe the processing in unlawful.
9. If you wish to contact us in relation to any of your information rights, please contact the Information Rights Team at or Information Rights Team, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH or you can complete the online form on the City Council’s website:
10. Alternatively the Information Rights Team can be contacted on the following numbers 01782 233732 or 235965.
11. If you wish to complain about how your personal information has been handled by Stoke-on-Trent City Council then please contact the Information Rights Team in the first instance using the details above. If you are not satisfied you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or you can visit their website at
12. You can find details of how we handle your personal information by visiting
13. For any general enquiries you can contact the council by phone on 01782 234234, via email to or by writing to us at Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH.

Phillip Connard, The Lilac Dress

Connard, Philip; The Lilac Dress; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery;

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. He received a British Institution prize which enabled him to study in Paris. Like earlier British painters such as Walter Sickert and Wilson Steer, Connard’s time in the French capital shaped his artistic practice. Connard explored new painting techniques influenced by the French Impressionists, and he returned to France frequently after 1898.He developed a tonal impressionism in his painting, which can be seen in The Lilac Dress. The sitter’s identity is not as important as the expression of atmosphere through the interplay of light, shade and colour through the artist’s application of rapid, broken brush strokes used to delineate her figure, dress and her surroundings.  The Lilac Dress is of one of at least three female portraits by Connard which focus on colour and dress: Portrait of a Lady in Grey, Lady in Pink and The Red Gown which may have been completed around the same time.

Connard enjoyed a diverse career, working as a portrait and landscape painter, and also as an illustrator, textile designer, and as a teacher at the Lambeth School of Art. He was a founding member of National Portrait Society. During World War I he was an official war artist to the Royal Navy and he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1918, elected to the RA in 1925 and Keeper from 1945 to 1949. Some of Connard’s other notable work includes the murals for the lavishly-decorated Queen’s dolls’ house at Windsor, 1921-24, the painted decorations for the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi (both designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and the interior murals for the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary in 1935.

The Lilac Dress is currently on display in the art gallery at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Museum Treasures: A Burslem Boy

Shelton, John; Clown Resting; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery;

  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a long tradition of exhibiting and supporting local artists. One such artist is John Shelton (1923-1993), two of his paintings are held in the museum’s permanent fine art collection. Shelton studied at the Burslem School of Art along with fellow students, Arthur Berry and Norman Cope. In 1944 he won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art in London. Whilst in London Shelton shared lodgings with Berry who was attending the Royal College of Art. It was at the Slade School that Shelton met Robert MacBryde, a member of the London Group of artists, who also included  L.S Lowry amongst others. Founded in 1913, the London Group was an artist-led independent exhibition body. It was formed in order counter-balance the domination of institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts. The group was undoubtedly influential upon the development of Shelton’s oeuvre, which is distinguished by its expressionistic figurative subjects, such as Clown Resting shown on the left. Though arguably his best-known work is the series known as the Cat and Table paintings, one of which we have in the museum collection, seen below.

Shelton eventually returned to the Potteries where he became a designer of Staffordshire china. In 1957 he began teaching at the Newcastle Art School, a post he held until his retirement in 1983. Interest in the work of mid-20th-century northern artists has grown in recent years with the Tate holding a retrospective exhibition of Lowry’s work in 2013, and work by Shelton has been sold in sales at Christies, London alongside work by Sir Matthew Smith, also an alumnus of the Slade School of Art.

Shelton, John; Cat on a Table; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery;


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.