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Address: Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7AF, England
Phone Number: 01782 233144
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Description: The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and...
The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill which operated from 1857 to 1972. It ground bone, flint and Cornish stone for the production of English Bone China. The mill is driven by an 1820s beam engine installed in 1857 with steam raised by a 1903 Cornish boiler built locally. The museum is operated by volunteers and has limited opening days. It is operated (in steam) on 6 weekends a year. Please check the website for dates and times.
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A very interesting piece of history

I have visited the museum together with colleagues during a pause of our work group meeting. Actually I didn't know the existence of this musem and all the history on the back. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2014
Giovanni C
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Genoa, Italy
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Stone
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Etruria is the home of the worlds only operational steam powered potters mill. Basically it shows how bone china etc. was made until just a few years ago. It opens for the general public just six weekends this year so you need to check its website for opening hours. A modest entry fee for a guided tour is well worth... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Nice industrial buildings next to the canal to walk around, see the beam engine and the various pieces of equipment that used to be used for grinding bone and flint. Displays are informative, something for younger kids to do (playing with clay, or the climb-in, indoor narrowboat). The review gets 3/5 because it was interesting, but didn't stretch the imagination.... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A very interesting place... a hidden gem as it were... my other half has lived here all his life and never knew where it was...loads of industrial history, very knowledgeable staff... then a most welcoming brew and cake. Its not open enough... a total waste, but when its open its brill keep an eye to S-o-T museums web site for... More 

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Stoke on Trent
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Lovely afternoon. Informative and friendly guides. Fascinating history. Tea room. Well worth a visit.

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Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I have visited the museum together with colleagues during a pause of our work group meeting. Actually I didn't know the existence of this musem and all the history on the back. I was extremely well impressed by how the museum is organized and managed. The guides are extremely passionate and captivating, ready to answer all questions and to arise... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I visited here on one of the open days (there's only 5 weekends a year sadly) and it was brilliant. It's such a unique opportunity to see a working 200 year old engine. The volunteers were all lovely and informative. At £3 it was very cheap and £2 for a tour. It's so important to support places like this to... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I'd heard about this museum via publicity leaflets and my OH. The Canal Festival is well known in the region and we had a good day, weather-wise for our visit. There were all manner of stalls to be seen, and the highlight was to attend a talk about their brilliant beam engine 'Princess', which I was able to capture not... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

On the junction of the Caldon and Trent & Mersey Canals, with a steam engine and visitor centre. Not open very often now that it's entirely run by volunteers but well worth a visit when you can. The annual Canals Festival is fab.

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Staffordshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Decided to drop in on this museum. It was closed! OK, that's my fault for not checking first. BUT there was no proper signage of opening hours, only a SMALL sign showing the dates of the steaming weekends for their steam engine. It didn't say they were the only hours/ days it would open. I know it has changed hands... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I found it very interesting…There's a fastinating collection of industrial buildings,with many working exhibits… And the canal side was also really nice. The price is ok too. Its worth a visit..

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