Potteries Museum and art gallery

The Potteries Museum and art Gallery is home to many exhibitions, art works, historical memorabilia and social activity. It is free admission into the Potteries Museum.

“The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery was built on the site of the former large Ridgway Pottery Bell Works. The Ridgways were potters to Queen Victoria. Originally known as the City Museum and Art Gallery, his Royal Highness The Prince of  Wales performed the opening ceremony in 1981.” (Taken from the Potteries Museum website.)

It is located in Hanley which is on of the six towns that make up the city of Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire.

It is run by the local authority along with 3 other museums (Gladstone Pottery Museum, Ford Green Hall and Etruria Industrial Museum) in the city.

One of the most recent collection to be added to the Potteries Museum has been the Staffordshire Hoard. This is the collection new artefacts from the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found was discovered last year in a field in Staffordshire last year and comprise in excess of 1,500 individual items, mostly gold, with some silver and decorated with semi-precious stones.

This lead to the Royal visit of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2010 who came to see the Staffordshire Hoard. 

Other exhibitions include:

  • Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Local History
  • Natural History
  • Object of the month

To find out more about the individual exhibitions and collections please follow the link to the website below.




They also a small theatre for community performances, cinema screenings and community meetings.

A project was commissioned between 2008-2010 called “Museums aren’t for me” which was talked about during the study visit.  This investigated people perceptions and ideas of what a museum is and how to make museums more inclusive.

Please see the document attached for more information on this project.

Museums aren¹t for Me Executive Summary (4).website friendly doc


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