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Address: Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4RB, England
Phone Number: 447900267711
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint...

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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Great museum, great enthusiasts

Great to see so many pieces of history being maintained by truly passionate volunteer enthusiasts. Well worth planning a trip when they are running the engines.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
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Arclid, United Kingdom
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Arclid, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Great to see so many pieces of history being maintained by truly passionate volunteer enthusiasts. Well worth planning a trip when they are running the engines.

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Etriuriamuseum, Secretary/Treasurer at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

Thank for the the excellent review. Our volunteers, some of whom have worked at the museum since 1978 and restored the bone and flint mill, are even more motivated when visitors enjoy the experience of seeing the mill operating. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Always love coming to this place, takes you back in time every time. Great when the steaming events are on too. It's definitely not publicised enough....our local schools/groups also need to utilise this, it's a brilliant place, lovely surroundings and encapsulates lots of unique local history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

You have to check when it is open as the engines are fired four times a year. Fascinating to see how bones and stones are ground to produce cups and saucers. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Although run only by a few volunteers, this museum offers a unique experience. We were there for the summer steaming, the guide and the staff were all very enthusiastic and informative. They´re doing an excellent job.

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Thank Jana M
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited this wonderful place on our recent visiit to Stoke, it is a very interesting Industrial Museum, packed with artefacts and local history from a bygone era, well worth a visit.

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Thank Jon555
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a preserved bone and flint mill that made materials for the pottery industry located at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals. Best seen on a steaming weekend when you can see the machinery in action. Guided tours are available at extra cost and are conducted by passionate and well informed volunteers. There are quite... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We went back to this museum recently to experience a ‘Steaming Day’. The mill is located at the junction of several canals and on this occasions there were lots of different boats to provide interest. We saw the steam engine in operation and then went next door into the mixing rooms where large amount of material was crushed and mixed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Visited on this occasion as part of a group of locals but every one of us walked away having learnt something new. Although you can wander around on your own it is well worth the extra £2 for the tour as the guides are able to explain in detail the history and purpose of the mill as well as the... More 

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Etriuriamuseum, Public Relations Manager at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

Thank you to the review. Positive feedback helps to encourage and motivate the volunteers who restore, maintain and operate the museum and mill to continue the work of over 30 years. More 

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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 3, 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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