Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton

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Gladstone Pottery Museum, a working museum of a medium-sized pottery, displays not only mass-produced pottery but also more artistic pottery, such as the Gladstone Vase by Frederick Alfred Rhead. The museum has also been a filming site for a BBC documentary, "The Worst Jobs in Britain," and an episode of the popular television series, "Doctor Who." The site holds annual events, including Halloween ghost walks and tours, Christmas carol concerts, and seasonal festivals. It also caters to children with Easter egg hunts and summer pottery workshops. In the last few years, the museum has opened Flushed with Pride, a toilet exhibition featuring a Japanese imported toilet and toilets dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Gladstone Pottery Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Stoke-on-Trent Edition.
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  • I visited for educational purpose, trust me l was impressed! I was doing a research on my final year project about Accessible Tourism. Its amazing how such an old site was made very accessible for eve...  more »
  • Everyone was extremely helpful, willing answer any questions. Very beautiful historic site. Making my own pottery was fun very relaxing.  more »
  • Love it here- everyone willing to answer my endless questions and such a rich history to learn. So sad that we have lost so much of it.  more »
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  • Really great place, so much to see and do. It's amazing how long you can spend here as it doesn't look that big. The staff are all friendly and informative. Top three highlights the toilet exhibition, throwing your own pot to take home and the delicious oatcakes but it's all great. The shop has some lovely things. Painting was also fun. All for such a reasonable price. Would love to visit again.
  • Very cool place. This old pottery factory is loaded with things to do, see and read! The cafe was delicious and the modelling of the witches/ wizards and the painting of my very own gargoyle. A great day out and lots of fun .
  • Very friendly staff who were keen to explain how the various processes worked and to demonstrate them. Lots of interesting exhibits. Great tile gallery and fascinating exhibition on the development of the toilet. Honestly - it was really well done!!
  • This is an excellent museum of pottery manufacture in the 19th century. It is in a former pottery factory. The exhibits are thorough, with artisans to show you how things were and are done. We talked to a couple of them at length. It describes at length the fairly awful and very unhealthy working conditions in the early days of the industry. There is a very good historical survey of ceramic tile, and an equally thorough history of toilets and the development of the ceramic toilet with a suitable light touch.
  • What a fantastic find. We were looking for a day trip on a wet and windy June day. We drove for nearly two hours and it was worth the drive. It is a gem of a museum, staffed by people who actually worked in the pottery industry. They shared their experiences and gave freely of their time. The gift shop and cafe are excellent and the audio-visual guides are great. I would heartily recommend for a day out, whether young, old or anywhere in between. This is a dying trade but a part of our industrial and artistic heritage. Go and find out about it.

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