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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  • see how they made pottery and watch the hand painting by skilled artist try it for yourself find out about sagger making and find out what a sagger makers bottom knocker does see the bottle oven is fi...  more »
  • Good to see how it was back in the day and how things were. Interesting and nice little trip if you like history  more »
  • A really interesting experience giving a first hand insight into how the pottery industry developed the skills, and the awful conditions the people worked in.  more »
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  • Went today being mid week it was quiet. Myself and my wife thought the museum was wonderful. We made a vase each and made flowers. Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. Some interesting stuff to look at. Would definitely recommend
  • This was a fantastic experience and very interesting history of pottery and ceramics in Stoke on Trent. It was a pretty miserable life until the clean air act came in the whole town. However we owe a debt of gratitude to them for the massive reduction in disease and insanitary conditions made possible through the invention and manufacture of the affordable water closet. And I got to throw my first ever pot! Brilliant
  • Hidden gem. Nice museum documenting life and history of the potteries. Really enjoyed having a go at the potter's wheel and painting oriniments. Kids 5 and 7 had a great time. Would return. Also free parking and good value to enter and do activities. Well done Stoke council for spending on the upkeep and keeping a educational and history of the area engaging.
  • With friends, I went to see a documentary film on the varied history of sanitary ware, specifically in North Staffordshire. The Museum does more than cater to notions of nostalgia, housing collections which highlight the graft, as well as craft that so many folk of the past applied themselves too. I will visit again, before too long!
  • Great atmosphere and it's nice to catch up on the history of the pottery business. Staff know what they are doing and are friendly and helpful.
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