Museums and Exhibitions

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the world famous Staffordshire Hoard now on permanent display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with enhanced interpretation for 2011. The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure, worth over £3 million. Explore the history of the Potteries, including the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire Ceramics. Along side a Spitfire and all sorts of art and craft. The museum also has regular changing exhibitions. Relax at the Cafe Museum or browse the foyer Shop for unique quality gifts. Follow children's trails and enjoy drop in activities.

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Information
Address Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW.
Telephone 01782 232323
Website www.stoke.gov.uk/museum
Services Located in the City Centre. Many First bus services operate to the City Centre.

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone is a fascinating museum that offers a variety of activities. The main museum offers an insight into life in a Victorian Pottery Factory, complete with workshops, bottle ovens and an atmospheric yard. During your visit try throwing a pot, making a flower or painting a plate.

Visit our 'Flushed with Pride' exhibition, which tells the story of the humble loo, learn about the horrible diseases and ailments of Victorian times at the Doctor's House and be dazzled with the vast array of tiles in our tile gallery. Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian Pottery factory in the country. Experience for yourself what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world's pottery industry.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Information
Address Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ.
Telephone 01782 237777
Website www.stoke.gov.uk
Services Located close to Longton town centre.
Longton is served by First routes 1, 1A, 2, 6, 6A, 22, 23, 23A, 26 & 26A

Etruria Industrial Museum

Etruria Industrial Museum is the last steam-powered potters' mill in Britain. The mill is 'in steam' seven times a year when the 1903 boiler is fired and historic machinery can be seen working. Situated on the canal, the museum also offers a family-friendly interactive exhibition.

The museum is open Wednesday to Sundays, 12pm-4.30pm.

Etruria Industrial Museum Information
Address Lower Bedford Street, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7AF.
Telephone 01782 233144
Website www.stoke.gov.uk
Services 101

The Dudson Museum

Discover over 200 years of pottery produced in Stoke-on-Trent by the oldest surviving family business in the ceramic tableware industry. Explore the original Dudson factory courtyard and enjoy the unique experience of stepping inside the Grade II listed bottle oven to view the collection and to trace the fascinating history of the Dudson company's production from 1800 to the present day.

The Dudson Museum Information
Address The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5DD.
Telephone 01782 285286
Website www.dudson.com
Services Located on the edge of the City Centre, 200m from the shopping centre. Many First bus services operate to the City Centre.

Foxfield Light Railway

The Foxfield Light Railway is one of the UK's earliest heritage railways. The line was built in the 1890's and unlike many lines which follow valleys, the Foxfield Railway maintains a 5½ mile round journey which boldly crosses open moorland, hills and woodland. This results in spectacular sounds and sights as the locomotives climb the steepest gradients as trains steam through Scenic North Staffordshire to terminate in the remote woodland halt of Dilhorne Park which offers one of the finest unspoilt views across the open moorlands where very little modern life can be seen.

Foxfield Light Railway Information
Address Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge' Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9BG.
Telephone 01782 259667
Website www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk
Services 6A to Blythe Bridge Station then 750m walk along Caverswall Road.

The Crewe Heritage Centre

This museum changed its name from The Railway Age in 2008, but is still very much a railway centre based on the LMS Yard for Crewe Station.

Many enthusiasts visit the Centre to view visiting locomotives - some in steam. Others to view the other many exhibits at the Centre. If you have not visited this attraction for a while you will soon realise why it is now The Crewe Heritage Centre.

The history of other aspects of the town is widely featured in the displays.

This is a visit for the whole family. Attractions include the prototype tilting Advanced Passenger Train, working signal boxes, a shop with a stock of old and new transport books and the children's corner - and of course the famous Miniature Railway. There is even a prototype Bentley Continental GT on display!

The Crewe Heritage Centre Information
Address Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB.
Telephone 01270 212130
Website www.creweheritagecentre.co.uk
Services 20

Ford Green Hall

Ford Green Hall

Home to the Ford family for nearly 200 years Ford Green Hall is a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse complete with period garden. An award-winning museum, the Hall offers visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the 17th century. The rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture.

The museum offers family-friendly activities, events and displays, can cater for children's parties, and is licensed for weddings and baby naming ceremonies.

Ford Green Hall Information
Address Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1NG.
Telephone 01782 233195
Website www.stokemuseums.org.uk
Services 8, 8A, 8B, 8C, 29, 98

Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery

Hidden in Brampton Park less than half a mile from the town centre lies Newcastle-Under-Lyme's local history museum featuring over 800 years of Borough history.

Set in beautiful parkland the Museum and Art Gallery has something for everyone. Alongside the temporary exhibitions programme are galleries depicting the rich and diverse history of the area using amazing collections.

Highlights include the Victorian Street scene, which allows you to take a step back in time as you discover the wares of Mellard's the ironmongers, the treasures of the pawnbroker's shop, the fascinating cures of the chemist's and the gruesome collection of doctor's surgical instruments.

The toys gallery is a firm favourite with young and old alike with teddies, dolls and games up to 150 years old. Whilst the 1930s/40s house allows a glimpse into what life was like during the wartime years. This is a family friendly museum and there is always something interesting for visitors of all ages to see and do.

Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery Information
Address The Brampton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 0QP.
Telephone 01782 619705
Website www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk
Services 98, 99, 99A, 99B or short walk from Newcastle town centre.