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“Open again, but ask for a guided tour round the site too”

The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre
Ranked #33 of 116 things to do in Stoke-on-Trent
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Owner description: The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre opened in 2012 in one of the period buildings on the Spode site in Stoke. It was doubled in size in 2016 and is scheduled to expand further in 2017, with improved visitor facilities, new displays and activities and an enlarged museum shop. As one of the most important factories from the Industrial Revolution, the Heritage Centre tells the story of Spode and its importance to Stoke over the 230 years of its operation, with displays of its history, working conditions and people and of its products from the 1770s up to the time it closed in 2008, when Spode was still producing world class hand-painted ceramic wares (some badged as Royal Worcester). Activities at the Centre include demonstrations by highly skilled former Spode employees of china painting and printing on antique machinery from original copperplates. The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre is open from 31st March 2017 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.30am to 4.00 pm. The Centre is open for Parties and Groups by appointment at any time. Please contact the Centre direct to making a booking. Admission to the Heritage Centre is free and includes the main Exhibition, the demonstrations and the Visitor Shop. Guided tours of the Blue Room and of the factory site are available at all times at a small charge. The Heritage Centre Shop sells antique and vintage Spode and Copeland ceramics and high quality art prints reproduced from the Copper plates in the Spode Museum Trust archives, ceramic related reference books and much more. Please Like Us on Facebook
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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“Open again, but ask for a guided tour round the site too”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Museum was closed in February 2013 but is now (April 2013) open again on Fridays & Saturdays. There is not a whole lot to see - what shown in the photos here is all there is - so a twenty minute guided tour round the site makes it more worthwhile.
Plus points
Knowledgeable and very enthusiastic volunteers; the person demonstrating hand painting on china was a fund of expertise. Some historical curiosities on the site too.
Minus points
Not too easy to find and rather dilapidated location. It helps to be knowledgeable or at least curious about ceramics or Spode pottery in particular before you arrive. A bigger range of exhibits would improve things.

Visited April 2013
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