Pottering in the Potteries : Part 2

Following on from my latest post on the Potteries (click here if you missed it), I thought I would do another post of a few more places to visit if you are in the area!

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Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Whilst living in this area for most of my life, I don’t think I have ever actually visited the Museum and Art Gallery!

So with that in mind, I decided to take myself for a trip out for some quiet time looking around Stoke-on-Trent’s Museum and Gallery to learn a little bit more about the city.

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It’s a lovely quiet place to take some time and learn some local history. I also came across a lovely little walled garden within the museum too.

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With a love for ceramics, that’s where I headed first to learn more about the Potteries’ heritage.

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I then walked around the Fine Art Gallery, admiring the sculptures and pieces dating back to the 19th and 20th Century.

The Museum also has an Archaeological, National Science, and Spitfire Gallery.

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When living in an area for a long time, we sometimes don’t take the opportunity to be a tourist in our own city or town and the museum was a good place to start! It is free admission and is open every day.

King’s Hall

I wanted to mention this beautiful building as it houses a lot of different events and is always worth checking out.

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I recently visited the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition by Luke Jerram, where a spectacular 7m wide floating moon was suspended from the ceiling with detailed NASA imagery covering its surface.

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It was part of Appetite, which aims to get more people in the city to be inspired and experience the arts and brings various art events to the city.

Emma Bridgewater

I love visiting the quirky café at the Emma Bridgewater Factory to grab lunch or enjoy a cosy cuppa in the trademark dotty mugs, but you can also book a factory tour, decorate your own pots or shop in the gift and seconds store.  The café is lovely, complete with the recognisable Emma Bridgewater patterns and an Aga giving it a real country homely vibe.

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The factory has a beautiful courtyard adorned with flower displays, but I was particularly excited to find a secret garden near the seconds shop. Within a walled area, I found so many different vegetables, herbs and flowers blossoming.

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I hope you enjoyed this second instalment of my local guides for Stoke-on-Trent.

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