Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery museum
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As if frozen in time, Gladstone remains the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's first bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns create an atmospheric time warp which has no equal. See live pottery demonstrations and have a go yourself. Refresh yourself in our delightful tearoom. Find some treasures to take home in our large gift shop.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

The museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

April – September: 10am – 5pm
Tea room: 11am – 4pm
October – March: 10am – 4pm
Tea room: 11am – 3:30pm

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 – 16 years inclusive)
Concessions: £6
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Annual Pass - this pass provides free entry to Gladstone Pottery Museum for 12 months, adult passes cost £11 each – children and concessions £9.25 each.


  • Museums Association

The entire collection of Gladstone Pottery Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

'Flushed with Pride': our sanitaryware gallery tells the story of the toilet from the 1840s slum to the toilets of the future.

Tile Gallery: Gladstone is home to one of the finest collections of decorative tiles in Britain. Trace the development of tiles from medieval monasteries to the space shuttle.

The Doctor's House: Hear some gruesome details of the illnesses and disease that plagued the Potteries.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Industry, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gladstone
  • Minton
  • Pottery
  • Toilets
  • Tiles
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Penny Farthing at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Penny Farthing and Victorian Circus Skills

  • 23 August 2017 11am-4pm

Take part in drop-in Victorian circus workshops, try out toys from the past and watch our Ringmaster ride a penny farthing around our cobbled courtyard!
11am – 4pm included with admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included with museum admission


Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts Logo

Summer Wildlife Day

  • 24 August 2017 11am-3pm

Join the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team! Find out more about our local wildlife with and take part in summer themed craft activities. 11am – 3pm, included with normal museum admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Included with normal museum admission


What Did The Victorians Do For Us

What Did The Victorians Do For Us?

  • 31 August 2017 11am-3pm

Join "Discover History" on a whistle stop tour of what the Victorians did for us. From improvements in health care, the introductions of the railway and changes within trade and industry, it makes you wonder whether this fast paced life was for the best or did some end up worse off than others......
11am – 3pm, included with museum admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included with museum admission.

Fountain by Clare Holdstock

Fountain 17

  • 6 September — 28 October 2017

Fountain 17
Tuesdays – Saturdays,
Wednesday 6 September - Saturday 28 October
Celebrating Coincidence:
1817 Armitage Shanks
1917 Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
2017 Fountain 17
Celebrating the anniversaries of Armitage Shanks and Duchamp’s controversial artwork, Fountain 17 is an exhibition created in partnership with Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.
On display are a range of artworks by established and emerging artists as reactions to one of the most famous pieces of modern art created. When Duchamp displayed a urinal as a work of art he challenged conventions and preconceptions of what art is. His ‘ready made’ art has prompted varied responses in this cutting edge exhibition. Based in Staffordshire, Armitage Shanks is the last major manufacturer of sanitaryware in the UK and has worked with many artists involved, bringing together an unconventional combination of industry and art. For more information please see
Included with museum admission

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal museum admission applies


Old map of Longton

Heritage Open Day - Historic Walk of Longton

  • 8 September 2017 2-3:30pm

Lasting around an hour and a half the walk is an ideal way of learning more about the history of the town, taking in landmarks along the way. The current buildings tell the industrial tale of the development of the area and the important role it played in the pottery industry. Beginning at the Gladstone Shop at 2pm, the walk is free of charge please book by calling 01782 237777.


Free event, please call 01782 237777 to book. Normal charges apply to the museum.


Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road
Stoke on Trent




01782 237777

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