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“A great day out!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England
+44 1782 237777
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Longton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“A great day out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

If youre looking for an interesting, educational, interactive and all round enjoyable day out, Gladstone is a great place to visit. We came a bit late in the day so didn't have as much time to explore as I would have liked through no fault of anybody elses but got to watch great demonstrations of flower making, pot throwing and more. It really is such a fun place to visit! Great for anyone interested in Stokes rich history!

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Very interesting buildings and displays. We were particularly impressed by the lady acting as a 1910 inspector who stayed in role throughout our conversation! Shop has a good variety of souvenirs.

Visited February 2013
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“Hands On History For All”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

My last visit to Gladstone was a few years ago (pre-kids) and with our eldest now keen to learn about the trade and history of his ancestors, it felt like another visit was due. Car parking is plentiful on a barrier-operated car park next door (don't forget your token) and the entrance is via the old factory reception with its impressive stained glass.

Admission is about average for a museum (@£7 for adults) but an annual pass is only slightly more (@£10) and well worth it for locals. We spent a good three hours exploring the various galleries and kilns, which are essentially a walk through of how pottery was produced, along with social history. There are interpretation boards throughout, interspaced with audiovisual screenings, and some demonstration areas with a small extra charge for making a pot etc.

The museum also includes a doctor's house and a 'new' (prob 10yrs old) exhibition area, with downstairs focusing on tiles and an extensive exhibition upstairs on the history of the toilet, which is fascinating, honest! The tea room provides a small selection of snacks and cakes which we thought were competitively and were homemade. The ad hoc nature of the buildings and uneven cobbled floors remind you that this was the workplace of many before it became a museum.

Explaining the workings of a pot bank, where each step has its own name, is not easy however Gladstone covers it in such a way that gets the basics over to those not familiar with the trade, and adds extra detail to those who know their fettlers from their saggar makers. A trail for kids (£1 extra incl pencil) plus plenty of hands on activities keep the kids interested, plus who doesn't love an exhibition on toilets? Well worth a visit, whether you've been before or are a total pottery novice.

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“Just What We Had Looked to See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This is not a place for those who can not walk on uneven flooring or climb up stairs. There the negatives end! We wanted to see a real "museum" of the way pottery was made prior to modern methods. This meseum was just what we were looking for. From the films from generations past - to the actual discussions with people who had done this work in pottery factories and now do the same work in the museum - a highlight of the day - all 4 of the people who did demos were incredible and real pleasure to speak with - and gain their perspective. If you are all interested in this type of history you will be steered wrong by going. Oh yes, at the end the history of the toilet is just a great finish - and quite educational. Enjoy!

Visited January 2013
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“Half term trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Great place take the kids for a day trip. Interesting trail to follow around the exhibits and riddles to solve. Hands on exhibits included throwing your own pot for a small extra charge. Tile gallery particularly interesting

Visited October 2012
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