It was disappointing to learn about the closing of the former Spode Museum and the general decline in the Potteries towns due to factory closings and overseas outsourcing in the last decade, but the warm welcome we received from the ladies at the Spode Visitors Centre was delightful; they even asked if we wanted tea, so made some for us (my cousin and me) and put out biscuits (cookies). We had an enjoyable time perusing the cabinets of hand-painted china, ironstone transferware, historic shards, equipment (molds, lathe, print roller machine, etc.), and viewing short films about the process of making china and transferware that included former employees and the late Robert Copeland. An especial delight was meeting a volunteer and retired employee, David Bailey, who was formerly with Minton and Spode, and seeing him paint by hand gold slip on partially fired fine china. It made me sad to know that such talent was no longer being fostered to the same extent as before. At least, Portmeirion has purchased many Spode and Royal Worcester patterns and now having some of those again made there locally. Metered parking is available across the street.