Past Events

Just a few rather special, special events from the past at the museum

Oldest first, page down to see the latest


1974 - Family Carols with the Royal Doulton Band




1975 - Gladstone Night at Jollees, the night club in Longton 'above the bus station'



Gladstone Pottery Museum - Jollees Night



1975 - Carols in the Yard with the World Premiere Performance of the Clayhanger Theme



1975 - Bazaar | Fund raising event 





1976 - The First Exhibition | Exhibition and book launch by Kathy Niblett
The demolition of the Bluebell Works, Longton and a chance conversation were the combined impetus behind the Exhibition and Catalogue of Portrait Figures by Sampson Smith. Since Sampy had been such a significant manufacturer in Longton it seemed appropriate to remind local people, and collectors alike, about the man and his work. The exhibition was held in the recently-opened Gladstone Centre.

The book which accompanied the exhibition was written by Kathy Woolliscroft (now Niblett). After 40 years it remains the only book written about Sampy.
Sampy, Sampson Smith, Manufacturer of all kinds of Figures in Great Variety
Grant Aided by West Midlands Arts


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Exhibition, Book and Catalogue of Portrait Figures by Sampson Smith - 1976
Images from the Terry Woolliscroft Collection


1976 - Brass and Clogs with the Royal Doulton Band and Miss Lavington Evans




1977 - Mud and Water Man - Michael Cardew Retrospective Exhibition

A retrospective exhibition of pottery by Michael Cardew was opened in the Gladstone Centre on August 6th by Michael Cardew himself. It displayed the work of one of England's greatest potters from 1923 - 1977 and was complimented by detailed and illuminating texts and illustrations.

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Gladstone Pottery Museum - Michael Cardew exhibition

1977 - Kilns of the Potteries | Seminar 23 & 24 April 1977



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Gladstone Pottery Museum -  Kilns of the Potteries Seminar 23 & 24 April 1977
Organised by the London Kiln Study Group

1978 - The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries

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The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries - 1978

1978/9 - Easter Bonnet Parade!





1985 - First Paintings Exhibition




2004 - Halloween


Gladstone Pottery Museum - Halloween 2004
photos: Phil Rowley


2004 - Maypole Dancing in the Cobbled Yard


Gladstone Pottery Museum  - Maypole Dancing 2004
photos: Phil Rowley

2004 / 5 Potters Markets Craft potters show their wares



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Gladstone Pottery Museum - Potters Market 2004 and 2005
photos: Phil Rowley

2006 - The Raku Firing in the yard


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Gladstone Pottery Museum Raku Firing 2006
photos: Phil Rowley

2008  - Dr.Who Day | 18 May 2008

Part of the 'Trial of a Timelord' was filmed in the museum at night

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Gladstone's Dr Who Day 18 May 2008
photos: Phil Rowley

Gladstone's Dr Who Day 18 May 2008
photos: Angela Lee

Gladstone's Dr Who Day 18 May 2008
photos: Angela Lee

2008 - Last Bottle Oven Firing | 30th Anniversary


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Gladstone Pottery Museum - 30 years since Last Bottle Oven Firing
Paul Niblett gives a talk for visitors
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft

2011 - Wileman and Shelley Exhibition


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Gladstone Pottery Museum - Wileman and Shelley Exhibition 2011

2012, 2013 and 2014  -  Longton Beer Festivals in the yard


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Gladstone Pottery Museum -  Longton Beer Festivals 2013 and 2014
photos: Phil Rowley

2013 - International Marquetry Exhibition


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Gladstone Pottery Museum -  International Marquetry Exhibition 2013
photos: Phil Rowley

2013 - Gladstone Fired Up


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Gladstone Pottery Museum - Fired Up 2013
photos: Phil Rowley



2014 - The Doomsday Morris Dancers


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Gladstone Pottery Museum - Morris Dancers
photos: Phil Rowley

2014 - April  Gladstone Gigs


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2014 - October's Gladstonebury Beer and Music Festival 


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Beer and Music festival 2014



2015 - 40th Anniversary of the Royal Opening 25th April 2015 

Gladstone Forty-fied Celebrating 40 years with 40 Potters Skills

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Gladstone Pottery Museum Story


2015 - 24 Hours In The Past | 12 May 2015

BBC TV 'Constructed/Acted Reality Programme' filmed at Gladstone Pottery Museum
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vncvw


Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - 24 Hours in the past
Paul Niblett and Nerys Williams take part in the show as extras

2015 - Fifth Longton Beer Festival | July 2015


Gladstone Pottery Museum Story  Beer Festival 2015
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story -  Beer Festival 2015




2015 - Heritage Open Day | 12 September 2015




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.

LONGTON HISTORY WALK

There was a Longton History walk with local historian and volunteer Phil Rowley at 1400 on Saturday.


2015 - Classic Bus, Running Day | 27 September 2015

The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society held a rally and running day at Gladstone. Preserved buses and rides on a classic vehicles using the comprehensive free bus service around the area. The shop and cafĂ© was open for refreshments.

Classic Bus Running Day

2015 - Twilight Carols in the Cobbled Yard (in filthy, awful weather but the show must go on!) 


Photos: Nerys Williams

Photos: Nerys Williams

Our brilliant manager, super-skilled demonstrators and Phil, our wonderful volunteer singing in the rain.
Photos: Nerys Williams


2016 - July's Gladstonebury Beer and Music Festival 



2018 - Wednesday 01 August

THE LAST BOTTLE OVEN FIRING - FESTIVAL of BOTTLE OVENS
& EXHIBITION OPENED
Opened by Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Lilian Dodd

EXHIBITION: At Gladstone Pottery Museum - Tuesdays to Saturdays, during August and September 2018.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the last time a bottle oven was fired in Stoke-on-Trent this little display was curated by those who took part in 1978. It gave an insight into the process of preparing, placing, firing and drawing an oven. It featured examples of the pottery fired, promotional material and even clothes worn by the volunteers who made it happen. What happened? Where did it happen? Who made it happen? How did it happen? What were the results?