Getting the Show on the Road
Personal recollection by David Sekers, first Museum Director
"My job as Museum Director was to get the show on the road, and make the museum financially viable as quickly as possible. The priority was of course the conservation of the historic fabric, including the majestic bottle ovens. Then (with John Bedford as designer) to plan and install displays. In particular I was charged with establishing demonstrations of manufacturing processes, with a view to marketing the products as souvenirs.
By then we had a new gas kiln and an agreement to make traditional Staffordshire figures under license. The site was transformed by the arrival of the pioneers teams of volunteers; and the main attraction was watching the demonstrators, David Rooke, Hilda Morris, Mrs Goodwin and Mrs Birks. Largely due to them, visitors from the start seemed to enjoy learning about the unique personality and character of the Potteries." more here>