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2020 August - Gladstone is the BEST 'Small Visitor Attraction' in England

Gladstone Pottery Museum - Winner - The Best in England - GOLD

It's official! Gladstone is the BEST 'Small Visitor Attraction' in the Visit England Awards for Excellence. National recognition after winning GOLD. The best in England (17 August 2020) (awarded during global pandemic lockdown)

2017 May - Gladstone in Chocolate

Supermarket giant ASDA has paid tribute to the Potteries with a unique chocolate sculpture. Staff members at the ASDA store in Bucknall - which opens in late June - have created it using 8kg of ASDA milk chocolate. The confectionery was carved, crafted and sculpted to resemble two unique bottle ovens at Gladstone Pottery Museum. (Courtesy: The Sentinel more here>)

Gladstone Pottery Museum in chocolate!
Created by Asda at Meir (near Longton)
Photo: Courtesy The Sentinel Newspaper  Date: May 2017

2016 December - £500k grant for Gladstone Pottery Museum

Grant to improve welcome area. Gladstone's audience development officer, Nerys Williams, said: "It's very much the beginning of the process, but we're calling the project a 'warm welcome'. We've just had the damaged bricks replaced and the scaffolding come down on one of our bottle kilns, which is exciting. Now we want a better greeting for our visitors. At this stage, we are thinking about how we are going to do that."  More in The Sentinel report here>

2016 August - Gladstone's No.1 Oven Renovation

Gladstone's Bottle Oven No 1 is steadily being encased in a large amount of scaffolding as part of an essential maintenance project. The work is necessary to ensure the safety of museum visitors, and the long-term preservation of the bottle ovens. Failed mortar and spalled bricks will be replaced. More here>  Words and pictures by Nerys Williams, member of the Gladstone Museum Staff.

Update: December 2016: Job Done! and the scaffolding comes down.

2016 February - Stoke City Council to invest in Gladstone Pottery

Potteries Eye  01 February 2016
Stoke-on-Trent City Council are set to splash just under £1/2 billion in a bid to boost the city's fortunes over the next five years. Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet will consider investment proposals totalling £473.5m under its five-year capital programme till 2021 including £1.9m to revamp and improve the Gladstone Pottery Museum (which remains the city’s number 1 visitor attraction) and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. With visitor figures continuing to increase, and interest in the pottery heritage growing, the investment will help to improve the overall offer for culture and heritage in the city.

2015 November - Enjoy Staffordshire Awards - Gladstone Hat-trick

Courtesy of  The Sentinel  |  Posted: November 18, 2015  |  By Tom Burnett
Gladstone Pottery Museum scooped silver awards in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category and for its 40th anniversary celebrations earlier this year.

Volunteers display the three awards 

2015 September - Stop the pigeons!

New netting stops birds roosting in historic bottle oven
Courtesy of  The Sentinel  |  Posted: September 26, 2015

PESKY pigeons who set up home in a museum's bottle oven have been forced to find another place to roost.  Scores of the birds had been settling down in one of the four ovens preserved at Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, causing disruption for workers and volunteers. Now – after Stoke-on-Trent City Council approved an application to put up camouflaged nets – the pigeons have been blocked from staying at their favourite nesting spot. Staff at the museum say they are relieved as the potbank 'coo' has seen fewer birds target the area. Museum manager Angela Lee said: "It seemed to be a feature of this year, in that the pigeons were looking for somewhere to roost and they took a liking to one of our bottle ovens. I think once a few thought that this was a good idea, lots of others then liked it and followed them, and it started to become a bit of a problem. Obviously, we were concerned that it could become a health and safety issue, from the birds themselves and from the mess they create. We had to do something about it. There has been a noticeable difference since the nets went up."


Gladstone Pottery Museum has been officially named one of the best places to visit in England.

Gladstone Pottery Museum picked up a bronze award for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the 2015 Visit England Awards for Excellence.

At an awards ceremony in Gateshead on 11 May 2015 Angela Lee (Museum Manager) and Nerys Williams (Audience Development Officer) received the Bronze Award.   The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are the most prestigious awards in English tourism.

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 is one of the top three small visitor attractions in England. Still winning accolades and awards after 40 years!

2015 May - Finalist : The Visit England Awards for Excellence

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! 

2014 - Gladstone named best small tourism attraction in Staffordshire

GLADSTONE Pottery Museum has been officially named one of the best places to visit in Staffordshire. The Uttoxeter Road attraction scooped a gold award in the second Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards this week. The Longton museum took the top spot in the small visitor attraction of the year category – beating Go Ape! in Cannock Chase and the Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop. Nerys Williams, Audience Development Officer at the museum, said: “It was a fantastic surprise to get the gold award for the second year in a row. We do our best to be a family-friendly attraction and we try to offer a wide range of events to people who otherwise might not visit museums.

2014 - The Way We Were

"Whereas hundreds of potbanks once covered the city, now only one full site remains – and only thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers and far-sighted philanthropists." Gladstone Pottery Museum

2014 - News article courtesy of The Observer

2013 December - Longton residents fight to save Gladstone Pottery Museum 

STAFFSLIVE  :  December 3, 2013
Longton residents have joined forces with campaigners to fight cuts they fear threaten the future of award-winning Gladstone Pottery Museum. A packed meeting of Dresden Residents Association agreed to fight proposals by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to cut “hands on” activities at the museum built in 1787. Phil Rowley, a volunteer at the museum that won Best Visitor Attraction Gold Award at the Staffordshire Tourism Awards last month, told the meeting that the activities were key to maintaining visitor numbers. The 61-year-old told StaffsLive: “Gladstone has won a number of awards in recent years. “The activities have been central to the museum’s offer, and any cuts will almost certainly see visitor numbers fall which will ultimately affect its viability.”
more here>

2008 November - Courtesy of the Potteries Advertiser.  Front page!

2007 November - New Sydney Telegraph Nov 2007

2002 February - From The Evening Sentinel "The Way We Were"

2001 December - From the Timaru Herald, Auckland, New Zealand

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - From the Timaru Herald, Auckland, New Zealand

2001 May - Practical Family History

Trades from the Past -  The Saggar Makers Bottom Knocker
Download the pdf here> 

2001 March - All Cisterns Go! A Tribute to the humble lavatory

2001 March - Secrets of the smallest room

2001 March - Potty about new attraction

2001 January - Anger at Gladstone (not)

2000 - Saggar Making with Kevin Millward

Probably Britain's last Saggar Makers Bottom Knocker

Download the pdf here>

2000 July- A Priceless Collection

Twyford Bathrooms donates its collection of toilets to Gladstone 

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Mark Pickering, MD of Twyford Bathrooms, donates the company's 'priceless collection' of toilets
 to Gladstone Pottery Museum  July 2000

1999 February - Cuttings from The Sentinel and City News

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - news February 1999

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - news March 1999

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - new March 1999

1995 August - King of the Saggar Makers

Cutting from The Sentinel August 1995

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
King of the Saggar Makers