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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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Just like going back in time

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2016
Barry B
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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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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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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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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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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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