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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
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Genoa, Italy
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Two canals, three locks and a bit of Victorian engineering - what's not to like? There isn't anything wrong with this place . A little bit of the industrial revolution in a nutshell.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My family visited this scheduled ancient monument on the 30th May. We can highly recommend a tour, a facinating step back in time and the process of grinding bone and Flint which was used in the production of Bone china was expertly explained by the guides. The grinding machinery is powered by a double acting condensing rotartive beam engine to... More 

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Stone
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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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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Address: Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7AF, England
Phone Number: 01782 233144
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