New attraction: Middleport Pottery

by A Marr & Associates Media

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent opened as a new visitor attraction on July 1st thanks to a recent Prince’s Regeneration Trust £9-million restoration project.

Home to the world-renowned Burleigh pottery, it is the last working Victorian pottery in the UK.

The site today continues to produce Burleigh pottery using traditional techniques and each new piece of Burleigh is touched by around 25 pairs of hands. Many members of the workforce at Middleport Pottery have been there for decades; often their families worked in ceramics, passing down local craftsmanship through the generations.

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As a result of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust acquiring the site, traditional craft skills will now survive and be passed on at Middleport Pottery.

Ceramics, selected items from the extensive archives and moulds from the site’s unique collection are on display. Visitors can also step inside the industrial bottle kiln – one of the last remaining bottle kilns in Stoke-on-Trent – where pottery was once fired.

Factory tours offer the opportunity to see the clay being formed, fired and decorated using the same traditional techniques as when the Pottery first opened in the 1800s. The tour also includes Middleport Pottery’s steam engine, which once powered the whole site.

Also featured are an extended Burleigh shop selling pottery made on-site; a new café where visitors can enjoy a coffee or a meal by the canal side; and a gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, says, “Middleport Pottery is a living and breathing part of British industrial history because Burleigh pottery is still made here using traditional techniques and skills. We’re delighted to be opening it up as a major visitor destination this summer and look forward to welcoming people from around the world to come and share in the unique experience at Middleport.”

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Middleport Pottery is 90 minutes from London Euston, and less than one hour from Manchester and Birmingham

Free entry

A behind-the-scenes factory tour costs £6.00 per person http://www.middleportpottery.co.uk.

For all other tourist information about Stoke-on-Trent and the world-famous six towns of The Potteries, visit www.visitstoke.co.uk and www.ceramicstrail.co.uk

To request a full information pack on all the ceramic attractions within Stoke-on-Trent and a copy of the Ceramics Trail leaflet please contact our Tourist Information Centre on 01782 236000 or email stoke.tic@sstoke.gov.uk

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