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“Little piece of history”

The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre
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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
Staffordshire
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“Little piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

A interesting insight into the Spode factory and how the pottery became famous. The displays whilst small really show off the amazing skill of the potters and painters. The staff are really knowledgeable and willing to answer any question. There is no charge but donations are welcome unless you but some of the pottery up for sale. A great way to loose a few hours and bone up on your china knowledge.

Visited October 2013
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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thanks for visiting and for your support - it is appreciated.
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Stoke on Trent
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

Visisted here on two occasions during the recent Bicentenial celebrations, it was brilliant and such an eye opener into the pottery industry. Well done to everyone involved in putting this on.

Visited November 2013
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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thanks for visiting us during the BCB exhibition. We will be reopening on Friday 7th March this year with new ceramic displays - hope to see you again.
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Quiet gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Take time to visit this corner of Stoke-on-Trent's pottery past. Only small but packed with glimpses of rich history. Volunteers who staff this were so helpful and knowledgeable! Don't miss out on extending your tour through the rest of the site - currently home to British Ceramics Biennial displays....And free to enter with car parking opposite.

Visited October 2013
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Interesting but needs help!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Visited the visitor centre which is on the original factory site which closed in 1998 and is now owned by the council.
Unfortunately the visitor centre is fitted in a couple of rooms manned by volunteers. There is some history and examples of the Spode work but this really doesn't compare to the Wedgwood experience.
It's a real shame the local council doesn't develop this site properly and celebrate the history and contribution this pottery made to the city. The council even make you park and pay in a public car park rather than allow you to park in the factory car park which the council now uses, disgraceful!
The factory shop is not located here and there isn't any shop or cafe.
Worth a short visit for the history if nothing else.

Visited August 2013
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“Please Support needs preserving for the future”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

We really fell upon this by accident as it was a private tour booked by an American family who kindly let us join them. Sue our tour guide brought to life the rich and fascinating history of the Spode China works. This is a absolute gem that needs as much support as possible
from the public. We were shown around the now empty premisses and transported back to a time when this Industry was thriving. Sue was so enthusiastic and full of passion for this important part of our history that it became infectious. Please support the centre in any way you can it would be a crime to loose this tribute to an important part of Britain's past.

Visited August 2013
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