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“History on the doorstep.”

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Longton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, and the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time. Visit the gift shop and tea room and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating pottery. Please allow two to three hours for your visit. The shop and cafe, which serves a selction of drinks and light lunches, are open to non-museum visitors.
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Well laid out and really interesting. Sanitary ware made us laugh. Some really good examples. Good for any age group.

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Reviewed 16 May 2012

This is a pleasant enough café, but terribly old-fashioned. The cheap plastic tablecloths drape awkwardly over tables that wobble a little bit. We had sandwiches and tea, which were home-made, but a bit dull and soggy. To be fair, they stayed open for us 15 minutes after close.

Great museum, but the café does not hold up to this standard.

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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Excellent visit to the Museum spoilt by the horrendous amount of scaffolding (unfortunately these decaying Bottle Ovens have to be preserved and repaired accordingly) Staff were vwre very knowledgeable especially the Flower Maker Rita, a great day out

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Reviewed 12 May 2012

This is a well thought out and well designed museum. There is plenty to see - you should allow about two and a half hours. What brings it to life are the people working there on particular aspects - as well as throwing the pots (the kids can have a go), there is the making of the flower shapes and the painting and decorating. All incredibly detailed and intricate and one can see that these skills will probably disappear when the current staff retire - it is difficult to envisage new comers being trained to the requisite standard or being able to earn a living at it.

Thank Nic S
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We didn't know what to expect, went for a couple of hours and stayed all day.

Apart from the lacklustre restaurant (especially don't bother trying the rather sad versions of Staffordshire oatcakes) this is a brilliant museum. Good for schools and families and anyone interested in the history of Britain and the Potteries.

The included National Toilet Museum ('Flushed with Pride' is a useless name, marketing guys, we didn't know what it was until we'd been inside for 5 minutes!) was a brilliant bonus.
Everyone should go!

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