Late 1970s

Gladstone Pottery Museum from Uttoxeter Road Longton
Source: unknown  Date: 1974

1974  Emptying the first glost firing in the museum's new kiln

David Sekers, Gladstone Museum Director, and John Gould, Works Manager

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story  - unloading the first glost firing 1974
David Sekers and John Gould

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - Commemorative two handled bowl by Maurice Wade
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection   1974

1975/6  First PR Leaflet for the new Season

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story History
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - First Leaflet 1975

1975  Opening Season

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
David Rooke and Kevin Millward in the yard 1975

Gladstone Working Pottery Museum grew out of an old disused and unloved potbank in Longton, Stoke -on-Trent.  On 25 April 2015 the museum celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Royal Opening. more>

In this movie David Malkin, one of the team of very special people with great foresight who established the museum, talks about his life in the tile industry, how the museum was launched and how the Tile Gallery was created in 2001. The Tile Gallery of 2001 replaced the original gallery of 1975 which used to be in the room above. The movie also shows an interview with David Sekers, the museum's first director.

1975 Kevin Millward and David Rooke, potters

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story  Kevin Millward and David Rooke
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Kevin Millward and David Rooke
Photo: Courtesy Staffordshire Magazine  Date: October 1975

1975  Kevin Millward and Whieldon 

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Kevin Millward with Whieldon the Gladstone Cat
Photo: Pam Woolliscroft  Date: 1975

1975 and its just 10 pence to get in!

1975 The Gladstone Centre

During the late summer of 1975 the restoration work on the top floor of the main building at the museum was completed. The entire floor was to be called The Gladstone Centre "an experimental project within the Pottery Museum sponsored by the Quality of Life Experiment in Stoke-on-Trent"

To celebrate the opening of The Centre the Trustees of The Staffordshire Pottery Industry Preservation Trust, who administered the museum at the time, invited many volunteers, staff, and VIPs to a special reception on 10 October 1975.

'Cutting the ribbon' was none other than the late John Noakes of BBC Televison's Blue Peter programme.

John Noakes of BBC TV's Blue Peter programme, far left
Photo: Brian Colclough Collection  Date: 10 October 1975
Volunteers at the reception marking the opening of The Gladstone Centre
Photo: Brian Colclough Collection  Date: 10 October 1975

1976/7 Annual Report

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1976  Brass Band and Clogs

1976  Souvenir Brochure - The Second Edition

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1976  Fund Raising Document

Issued by the Gladstone Pottery Development Trust for Phase 2 and 3 of the Museum

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1977 Job Creation Scheme

"The Museum has taken on ten new members of staff under the Government‘s Job Creation Scheme. Some of the people will be with the Museum for a year and others for six months.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story   Pam Bott, far right, with her team of curatorial staff   Date: 1977
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
 Pam Bott, far right, with her team of curatorial staff on Job Creation  Date: 1977
Working on specific projects there are three people with the Curatorial Assistant devising and implementing a new cataloguing system for all the Museum's acquisitions sound archives and photographs; four people with the Centre Organiser running the workshop in the Centre and running the pottery classes, and organising teachers gatherings and educational literature; and finally three people with the Financial Assistant working on stock control systems and the mailing lists.

1975/76 Miss Gladstone!

Linda Clay (married name Stockton) became the first Miss Gladstone in the mid 1970s. She is seen here being pushed in hand cart by Geoff Parry-Thomas, potter, a member of Gladstone staff at the time. 

Linda Clay - Miss Gladstone 1975
Pushed on the handcart by Geoff Parry-Thomas
Photo: courtesy of Linda's relative Brian Milner

1977  Death of Derek Johnson

An Appreciation by David Malkin

“I have spent all my life knocking down bottle ovens to make way for new kilns and other modern technical innovations. Now that we have come to some of the last ovens left in the district I feel that it is right that these should be preserved as a tribute to those who have gone before us and who have made the foundations of the industry as we know it today." Derek Johnson

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Derek Johnson
Thus the late Derek Johnson addressed fund raisers in the early stages of the Gladstone Pottery Museum project.

If it had not been for the generosity of Derek Johnson and his colleagues on the Board of H.& R. Johnson-Richards Tiles Ltd., the Gladstone Museum would never have become a reality.

It was they who originally purchased the museum site and paved the way for the formation of the Staffordshire Pottery Industry Preservation Trust. As part of their contribution to the Museum they presented the deeds to the Trust after the fund raising had hit the £100,000 mark. They also presented the unique Ceramic Tile museum and collection to make their total contribution one of the largest received by the Trust. By 1974 the target of £250,000 had been reached and the Museum was a reality.

Throughout this time Derek Johnson played a leading part in in inspiring other manufacturers with his enthusiasm for the project and also helped enormously with the fund raising. He was chairman of the fund raising committee which to date has raised over £350,000 towards the target of £500,000. Derek Johnson was Vice-Chairman of the Staffordshire Pottery Industry Preservation Trust and from its formation was the Chairman of the Gladstone Pottery Development Trust which is the body responsible for funds for the Museum.

Derek Johnson was a man of enormous vision and his tragic death on 3rd September 1977 will leave a gap which will be felt by all those who, like him, had faith in the Gladstone Pottery Museum project from its inception.

1978  The Doctor's House

What would become the Doctor's House after extensive renovation in 2000

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Gladstone Pottery Museum
What would become the Doctor's House, Chadwick Street
Photos : Terry Woolliscroft  Date: 1978

1978  Uttoxeter Road Museum Frontage

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story Frontage, Uttoxeter Road  Date: 1978
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Frontage, Uttoxeter Road  Date: 1978

Facing Gladstone on the opposite side of  the road
Uttoxeter Road
Photo: source unknown  Date: unknown

1978  Curatorial News 

From Pam Woolliscroft, February 1978

Sanitaryware Gallery: the new display of WCs is now in place, ten examples of fine Victoria design. After the removal of the banisters, acquiring a fork-lift truck and a driver from friendly neighbours, the removal of the door and a section from each side of the door frame, and the stalwart help of eight members of staff we managed to install the sanitary fireclay bath in the gallery on loan to the Museum from Twyfords Ltd.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Gladstone Pottery Museum - The toilet display 1978

1978  Special Visitors

David Owen, MP, visits Gladstone with Leslie Sillitoe and David Sekers

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - David Owen MP visits
with Leslie Sillitoe and David Sekers

1979  New Director appointed - Dr Francis Celoria

From Friends of Gladstone Newsletter Jan 1979

Dr. Francis Celoria has been appointed Director of the Gladstone Pottery Museum. He succeeds David Sekers who has left to take up a new post at the Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire. Well known as a ceramic historian and archaeologist Dr. Celoria has previously worked in the London Museum, in publishing and as a lecturer in archaeology at Keele University. His special field of study is the history of ceramic technology, a field in which he is considered to be the leading authority. Although a Londoner born and bred, Francis Celoria has worked in North Staffordshire since 1965.

1979  Gladstone and Potteries Pop

Gladstone yard and tunnel used as backdrop to a pop album dated December 1979

Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
Gladstone Pottery Museum Story
 Potteries Pop - an album from 1979