The beginnings of Gladstone?

1964  A germ of an idea 

In October 1964 Reginald G Haggar wrote to the Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review with his visionary thoughts about preserving a potbank for the benefit of future generations.

The editor of the magazine wrote  "In our news pages, Mr. Reginald Haggar, well-known author and artist, makes an impassioned plea for preservation of the historical Potteries in the form of bottle ovens (“beautiful”) and even a whole factory as a complete industrial museum. Those of us who love the area with all its character and idiosyncrasies would back his plea, and hope that something can be done to preserve the old, whilst acknowledging the benefit of modern methods in present-day production of the Six Towns.’

Here>   is Mr. Haggar's letter in full.  
The germ of an idea and the beginnings of Gladstone Pottery Museum.

What there is to see here>

One of its busiest days!

Gladstone Pottery Museum is gearing up for one of its busiest days of the year - free admission on Saturday 12th September 2015 for Heritage Open Day.

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time.

Please allow at least two hours for your visit.

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

There will be a Longton History walk with local historian and volunteer at 1400 on Saturday. Pre-booking required for this guided tour Call: 01782 237777

Saturday 12 September 2015
Museum 1000 - 1700

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The museum is on the corner of Chadwick Street and Uttoxeter Road, with brown signs from all major routes into the town of Longton. We have a large free car park on Chadwick Street - to exit the car park you will need to collect a token from Reception. There is parking for Blue Badge holders at the very front of the museum next to the main gates at the entrance. If you need any help with directions please call us on 01782 237777 or email