*ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE 2015 - 3 Separate SILVER AWARDS for Best Small Visitor Attraction, Access for All, and Best Tourism Event
*VISIT ENGLAND 2015 - Gladstone Pottery Museum - BRONZE AWARD - Officially one of the top three small visitor attractions in England.
*TRIP ADVISOR 2016 - Gladstone Pottery Museum - CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE & Number 1 attraction in Stoke-on-Trent more> ........
*STAFFORDSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS 2016  Commended in the Retail, Leisure and Tourism category
*ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE 2016 - SILVER AWARD for Best Small Visitor Attraction, SILVER AWARD for Inclusive Tourism, and HIGHLY COMMENDED for Sustainable Tourism
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There is a small piece of Stoke-on-Trent in every UK home.   "Familiar things like the vessels comprised by dinner, breakfast and tea services would be there but so too would many unfamiliar objects: the bell pulls, doorplates, key escutcheons and door knobs made by specialists in door furniture, the trinket sets that formerly adorned the dressing table and the toilet services for the obsolescent wash-tables, galley pots, whose name take us back to foreign trade in medieval times, creel steps and shuttle eyes made for Manchester cotton spinners, marbles and taws for children and parlour bowls for Victorian grown ups, nest eggs for poultry farmers, porcelain teeth, ceramic buttons, and a thousand other things."   REGINALD HAGGAR 1964  more here
Home to the most important group of potter's bottle ovens still standing in the UK. Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is a fully restored potbank from the days when coal-burning bottle ovens made the world's finest pottery. There are five magnificent and massive bottle ovens in a unique setting, at this stunning, multi-award winning, industrial museum of the pottery industry. If you are coming to visit Stoke-on-Trent then go to Gladstone before anywhere else and you'll find out what The Potteries is all about.
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 Stoke-on-Trent 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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