Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

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The Etruria Industrial Museum is located in Etruria, Staffordshire in England. The Museum is a typical and well-preserved example of a nineteenth century British steam-powered potter's mill. It is situated between the Trent and Mersey Canal and the staircase locks flight of the Caldon Canal. The museum has a modern entrance building, leading into a Grade II* listed building which was formerly the Etruscan bone and flint mill. The mill is also a scheduled monument.HistoryThe bone and flint mill was built in 1857 to grind materials for the local pottery industry. It was operated as a family business until 1975.RestorationThe site was given an official heritage listing in the 1970s . After a period of restoration, started in 1978, the museum was opened by Fred Dibnah in 1991. Inside the restored site visitors see displays on the history of the mill and its site, and its original machinery including a working steam engine called "Princess". There is a working historic blacksmith's forge flanking the Museum's modern entrance building. Much further restoration work was completed on the wider landscape setting of the Mill in the mid 1980s, as part of the preparations for the national Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival.Current statusAt 2015 the Museum is operated by volunteers through Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill Volunteer group, although it is part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Museum Service, and as such it is open to the public only occasionally throughout the year. The museum website advertises the days when the 1903 coal-fired boiler provides steam to operate "Princess", which then turns the grinding machinery.
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  • Luckily we went there while there was a boat event on. Otherwise there wouldn't have been much to do. Fascinating place but not a lot to see. Well worth a visit though.  more »
  • Etruria flint mill is an old pottery mill, it used to grind flint to add to bone China. The mill has a steam engine that is fired up on a regular basis (advertised in the press) there is also a small ...  more »
  • great visit see the old days doctor see the spif trying to sell you black market watches the blacksmith best day to visit is when the steam engine is in operation great place to visit most enjoyable  more »
  • Very educational real treat seeing the steam engines working just shows how people used to work
  • A small but fascinating little museum. Run by incredibly keen volunteers who are full of wonderful information. Don't miss the days when they have the steam engine running in the bone mill.
  • The Etruria industrial museum situated by the canal, has got an historic heritage that will dive you into the Potteries culture
  • Brilliant place, our children loved it too
  • Great historic place 1857, both mill and blacksmith forge are still working but only on selected dates, so make sure before you visit.
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