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Address: Etruria Maintenance Yard Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7AF, 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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Wonderful and inspiring museum, great location.

Etruria Industrial Museum is a wonderful museum in a great location. We got to see a steaming and boilers working first hand and they are impressive! Upstairs in the factory we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eloise H
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Etruria Industrial Museum is a wonderful museum in a great location. We got to see a steaming and boilers working first hand and they are impressive! Upstairs in the factory we learnt about the processes of pulverising bone and saw an elephants hip. The staff at Etruria were so friendly and passionate. Don't miss the chance to have an induction/tour... More 

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

Thanks to Eloise and the others visitors who have posted such positive comments about their visit. They help to further motive the volunteers to provide an even better experience for visitors. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

first time I have visited this place since I worked at Jessie shirleys about 25 years ago. I installed the gas to the museum.

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Thank Geoff W
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

A great little Museum set at the junction of the Cauldon and Trent & Mersey canal. £6 gave admission and a guide who had a wealth of information about the history of the site and the preparation and production of flint and bone for the pottery industry. The enthusiasm of all the guides I met was brilliant! The good old... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Part of an old bone and flint grinding mill with a very large steam beam engine and gear trains driving paddles in grinding pans. At the time of our visit (July 2016) there were working narrow boats to look through as well on the factory wharf, which our grandkids thought was fascinating. Well worth a visit if the large beam... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Great seeing such a historic museum. Really interesting and well maintained by the volunteers. Coffee shop excellent. Will definitely come again and maybe bring the grand kids. Etruria on the Canal well worth a trip.

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Etriuriamuseum, General Manager at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed the visit and hope you will bring your grandchildren. They will enjoy the Etruria Canals Festival on the 4th and 5th June where there will be lots of boats to see, plenty to do including the mill being in steam. More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

If you like looking into how things used to be in major industrial city's of the uk then places like Etruria really help to show you that. Set in a great canal side location the small but informative museum is a great way to pass an hour.Fantastic working steam engines and flint grinding demonstrations.One for history buffs amongst us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely museum. Interesting history of local area. Lots of activities for children of all ages. Also enjoy a local cheese oatcake from the coffee shop

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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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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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