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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
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“Please Support needs preserving for the future”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 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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“Spode has changed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

The factory closed a few years ago now and the site is possibly being redeveloped but it does hold the Pottery Biennial and there are artists and photographers who have plans to use part of the site although it is not clear what will happen. Currently the front of the building is covered in scaffolding will work is being completed on it.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank chrismb
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Staratmidnight, Manager at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this review, 17 August 2013
Yes the old Spode site has changed. It is currently owned by Stoke Council and they know best what plans they have for it.

You have placed your Review on the Spode Works Exhibition page but you don't mention us, you only mention the British Ceramics Biennial who do not open their exhibition on another part of the site until 28th September to 10th November. So did you visit our Visitor Centre which is open now? We are a two year Exhibition telling the stories of the Spode factory, the workers, the everyday and amazing things they made, and the collection and archive of the Spode Museum Trust. There are films, images, interactive displays, objects from the collection and events and activities.

Since the closure of the Spode factory, the Spode Museum Trust's collection has been in storage. The temporary visitor centre has been set up so that people can access the collection and so that we can find out about the experience of former workers at Spode and collect their reminiscences and photos to add to the permanent archive.

If you did not call in to see us please come back again, we would love to see you and then you will be able to leave a Review for us.
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“Friendly welcome from volunteers passionate about china”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

The exhibition is small but rich in information and fantastic history. It is temporary at the moment but with the hope of becoming permanent on the grounds of the old factory.

Meeting Pauline, one of the original paintresses was wonderful and she has some great stories.

Go and visit and support all the hard work that the team are doing, it would be a tragedy for this centre not to continue!!

Visited April 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Spode visitor centre a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

This is a fantastic experience for older and the young. It is full of memories and experiences with a warm atmosphere. Its a trip down memory lane and Pauline shows you how! Not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Old photographs are needed if anyone has some for the collection. These are copied and returned to you. You can also share your working memories with the staff too who are absolutely lovely.

Visited April 2013
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