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“Small but very interesting”

The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre
Ranked #31 of 120 things to do in Stoke-on-Trent
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Owner description: The Spode Museum Trust 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 until the factory closed in 2008. Activities at the Centre include demonstrations of China Painting and transfer printing on antique machinery from the original copperplates. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Parties and Groups by appointment. Admission is free with guided tours of the Blue Room and the factory site at a small charge. The Heritage Centre has a large retail shop and the Blue Willow Tea Room is available for specialist teas and cake.
Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a small display but well worth a visit. Entry is free. The staff are so friendly and enthusiastic. The factory is now empty and surely the buildings could be used to show the large collection currently in the possession of the Trust. The staff deserve this and this is a piece of English history so important to Stoke.
Whilst we were there we saw demonstrations of the transfer process and of hand painting, both done by ex employees who have an obvious love of the company and its products.
A stroll around the rest of the site is also worthwhile.

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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2014

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit - our displays are frequently changed so do come and visit us again some time. Thank you for your support.

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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.

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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2014

Thanks for visiting and for your support - it is appreciated.

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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.

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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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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.

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