Over 1000 visitors to Gladstone's 40th Birthday Bash

On Saturday 25 April 2015 over 1000 visitors passed through the museum's doors to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its official opening.

Almost 40 industry skills had been gathered for the event by the two organisers, Paul Niblett and Fred Greasley, both of whom had worked voluntarily at the Gladstone Works museum since 1972.

At a special reception during the day the Museum Manager, Angela Lee, asked the specially invited VIPs (who included the first Museum Director, David Sekers) to congratulate themselves with a hearty round of applause for the tremendous work they had all put in to make the award winning museum such a success - now nominated as one of the top five visitor attractions in England.

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Gladstone's Ruby Anniversary of the Official Opening

The 40th Anniversary of the 
Royal Opening by The Duke of Gloucester

Saturday 25 April  2015
50 pence Admission - just like 40 years ago!
Free Parking

Officially one of the top five tourist attractions in England

Gladstone Pottery Museum, 
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ
01782 237777       stoke.gov.uk/museum

Celebrate Ceramics in Stoke! The 40th Anniversary of the Royal opening!

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Royal Opening
by The Duke of Gloucester

40 potter's skills to see
plus all the usual, and unique, museum galleries

Officially one of the top five tourist attractions in England

Don't miss it!  25 April  10:30 - 16:00
50p Admission - just like 40 years ago!

Gladstone Pottery Museum, 
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ
01782 237777       stoke.gov.uk/museum

(BREAKING NEWS and many Apologies: 
Poppy Making will not be demonstrated after all. The artist will not allow us to show it. Sad but true.)

The Great Attraction

Stoke's museum of The Potteries, Gladstone Pottery Museum, is now, officially, one of the top five small tourist attractions in England! How good is that? Here's a bunch of hand made bone china flowers, made at Gladstone in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, to celebrate.

BUT is it really true that Stoke City Council want to get rid of it? www.stoke.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Gladstone Pottery Museum - bone china flowers made on the premises
photo: Phil Rowley

Big Event 25th April 2015

10.30 till 4.00pm   Demonstrations of 40 Pottery Skills. 
Special admission price of 50p, just like it was in 1975 when the museum was officially opened by The Duke of Gloucester.

Gladstone Pottery Museum, 
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ
01782 237777

Finalist : The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015

Finalist : The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015

Many congratulations go to Gladstone Pottery Museum who have been announced as finalists in the shortlist for this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

2015 Awards Ceremony – 11th May, Sage Gateshead
The Awards Ceremony is the climax of the whole VisitEngland Awards for Excellence competition. By making it to the Ceremony all finalists will have demonstrated that they are the very best of English Tourism.

The Ceremony celebrates success and excellence and is a showcase for England's fabulous tourism products. Above all it provides finalists with a moment of well-deserved glory which can be used to market, promote and improve their businesses still further.

The Finalists : Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Gladstone Pottery Museum Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire 
  • Owl & Monkey Haven, Newport, Isle of Wight 
  • Stott Park Bobbin Mill Ulverston, Cumbria
  • Topsail Charters Ltd Maldon, Essex 
  • World of James Herriot Thirsk, North Yorkshire 
Gladstone Pottery Museum picked up a gold award for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in 2013 and again a year later in 2014, in the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

So now its official:  Gladstone Pottery Museum Story is one of the top five small visitor attractions in England. Still winning accolades and awards after 40 years! 

The Origins of Gladstone Pottery Museum

The idea of making a Living Industrial Museum in the Potteries was given a major impetus by the circumstances which had changed the face of Stoke-on-Trent within a decade - slum clearance, the reclamation of derelict land and major reconstruction.

Bottle ovens, once the most characteristic feature of Stoke’s landscape, still numbered more than a thousand after the war. But by 1964 only about two hundred were left. Today less than fifty remain.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Huge ovens dominate the cobbled yard of Gladstone Pottery Museum

It was during the 60s and early 70s that some City planners and Museum officials had the foresight to conduct surveys of some of the older remaining factory sites with a view to considering whether some of them could or should be conserved. The Gladstone Works in Longton was high up on the list but in March 1971 it became evident that the buildings were to be demolished and it was only at the eleventh hour, when the bulldozers were about to move in, that the site was saved.

H. & R. Johnson-Richards Tiles Ltd under their Managing Director Derek Johnson,  provided the money to buy the site; immediately thereafter the Trust was formed which was destined to plan and finance and administer the Living Museum on the site. In September 1972 the Title Deeds of the Gladstone Works were formally handed over to the Trust.

The plan was to restore the Gladstone Works so that future generations should come and see the old bottle ovens, and learn how this major industry developed here in Stoke-on-Trent. It would be a working museum, where methods of manufacturing pottery would be daily demonstrated to visitors.

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