Museums day out in Stoke on Trent
I was on a student exchange program to the UK. I am an arts student and have some interest in history and fine arts. I was told about the excellent museums in Stoke-on-Trent and I planned a visit with my friend Vivek. Both of us love pottery; there is something about making a pot which is very exciting, and what better can a place be than Stoke-on-Trent which is called the potteries.
Our first stop once we reached StokeonTrent was The Dudson museum. The museum was small inside a restored Bottle chimney. It was well maintained and had some exquisite pieces of art. The lady was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed her work. We learnt a lot from her in the two hours we spent there, than we did in our lectures for two months at college. We imagined it is due to people like her that Stoke-on-Trent made a name for itself in the world of pottery and has maintained it till today.
Our second stop led us to The Gladstone Pottery museum. When in Stoke-on-Trent you shouldn’t miss this place. The moment we parked our vehicle and step foot inside, I was into a different world altogether. I enjoyed the audio and the video shows, which showed the life of early potters of Stoke-on-Trent. The bottle kilns, throwing the pot, making my own flower and painting it, the muffins, there is so much to do. I had to literally drag myself out as we had to visit other museums also.
One cannot complete the museums visit of Stoke on Trent, the postcode of which (ST4 1BL) without giving a visit to The Potteries museum and art gallery. We had visited two museums already and felt we had seen everything, but we were so wrong. If you are in Stoke-on-Trent, you should not miss this museum for sure. This has the largest collection of the Staffordshire hoard; works of many unknown artists are just mind boggling. The art here is so beautiful, for art students like us, we just couldn’t admire enough. Now we know why Stoke-on-Trent was the capital and is still the leader in pottery. We couldn’t have enough of this lovely museum and will visit Stoke-on-Trent again to rekindle the artists inside us.