Every August 29th
the date in 1978 when a Potteries bottle oven 
was kindled and fired for the very last time


Virtual and Self-Help events for 2020

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Potteries Heritage Society






Rescued from the bulldozer in March 1971, Gladstone is home to the most important group of bottle ovens remaining in the UK. Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is a restored potbank from the days when coal-burning bottle ovens made the world's finest pottery. There are five magnificent, towering ovens in this unique setting - the multi-award winning, industrial museum of the pottery industry. If you are visiting Stoke-on-Trent then go to Gladstone first and you'll find out what the Potteries is all about.


TWENTY EIGHT awards in just SIX Years!

Here's just a few of them ...

2020  VISIT ENGLAND - AWARDS for EXCELLENCE - GOLD AWARD - THE BEST Small Visitor Attraction



  
2019  STAFFORDSHIRE TOURISM and GOOD FOOD AWARDS! - FOUR AWARDS - GOLD for Best Small Visitor  Attraction, SILVER for Experience of the Year for our Raku Workshops, BRONZE for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism and HIGHLY COMMENDED for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism
2019  WEST MIDLANDS VOLUNTEER AWARDS - FINALISTS
2019  STAFFS CHAMBERS BUSINESS AWARDS WINNER - Retail, Leisure, Culture and Tourism 
2018  ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE - SILVER AWARD for Inclusive Tourism
2018  ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE - SILVER AWARD for Best Small Visitor Attraction
2018  STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL Staff Awards – Team Awesome - Staff Winners
2018  TRIP ADVISOR - HALL OF FAME - venues that receive a Certificate of Excellence for 5 consecutive years
2017  ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE - GOLD AWARD for Best Small Visitor Attraction
2017  ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE - GOLD AWARD for Inclusive Tourism
2017  ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE - SILVER AWARD for Guided Tour of the Year

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Gladstone Pottery, Longton's complete Victorian potbank, was rescued in 1971 just as bulldozers were set to move in. It is now an internationally renowned, multi-award winning and unique museum of the Staffordshire Pottery Industry. The entire collection of Gladstone Pottery Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

At the site, five magnificent and towering coal-fired bottle ovens still stand. Each can be explored, as can the cobbled potbank yard, the steam engine and sliphouse, the saggar making shop and the potters shops with live demonstrations. The galleries of sanitaryware, tiles and pottery colour give an insight into the complex and fascinating industry of the Potteries.

You can rest up in the tea shop for a break before you finish your visit exploring the souvenir shop packed with goodies. If you're planning a visit to the Potteries then you should go to Gladstone Pottery Museum before you do anything else.

This blog was created to recognise the remarkable achievements of Gladstone Working Pottery Museum during the forty years since it was opened officially by The Duke of Gloucester on 24th April 1975. The jewel in the Potteries crown.

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.

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