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Address: Etruria Maintenance Yard Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7AF, England
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+44 7900 267711
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint...

The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill which operated from 1857 to 1972. It ground bone, flint and Cornish stone for the production of English Bone China. The mill is driven by an 1820s beam engine installed in 1857 with steam raised by a 1903 Cornish boiler built locally. The museum is operated by volunteers and has limited opening days. It is operated (in steam) on 6 weekends a year. Please check the website for dates and times.

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The only potters mill in steam.

Etruria flint mill is an old pottery mill, it used to grind flint to add to bone China. The mill has a steam engine that is fired up on a regular basis (advertised in the press... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Etruria flint mill is an old pottery mill, it used to grind flint to add to bone China. The mill has a steam engine that is fired up on a regular basis (advertised in the press) there is also a small museum set over two levels and there are regular canal festivals held on the canal which runs next to... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

great visit see the old days doctor see the spif trying to sell you black market watches the blacksmith best day to visit is when the steam engine is in operation great place to visit most enjoyable

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Thank philip h
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Etruria Industrial Museum is a wonderful museum in a great location. We got to see a steaming and boilers working first hand and they are impressive! Upstairs in the factory we learnt about the processes of pulverising bone and saw an elephants hip. The staff at Etruria were so friendly and passionate. Don't miss the chance to have an induction/tour... More 

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Thank Eloise H
Etriuriamuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

Thanks to Eloise and the others visitors who have posted such positive comments about their visit. They help to further motive the volunteers to provide an even better experience for visitors. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

first time I have visited this place since I worked at Jessie shirleys about 25 years ago. I installed the gas to the museum.

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Thank Geoff W
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

A great little Museum set at the junction of the Cauldon and Trent & Mersey canal. £6 gave admission and a guide who had a wealth of information about the history of the site and the preparation and production of flint and bone for the pottery industry. The enthusiasm of all the guides I met was brilliant! The good old... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Part of an old bone and flint grinding mill with a very large steam beam engine and gear trains driving paddles in grinding pans. At the time of our visit (July 2016) there were working narrow boats to look through as well on the factory wharf, which our grandkids thought was fascinating. Well worth a visit if the large beam... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Great seeing such a historic museum. Really interesting and well maintained by the volunteers. Coffee shop excellent. Will definitely come again and maybe bring the grand kids. Etruria on the Canal well worth a trip.

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Etriuriamuseum, General Manager at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed the visit and hope you will bring your grandchildren. They will enjoy the Etruria Canals Festival on the 4th and 5th June where there will be lots of boats to see, plenty to do including the mill being in steam. More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

If you like looking into how things used to be in major industrial city's of the uk then places like Etruria really help to show you that. Set in a great canal side location the small but informative museum is a great way to pass an hour.Fantastic working steam engines and flint grinding demonstrations.One for history buffs amongst us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Lovely museum. Interesting history of local area. Lots of activities for children of all ages. Also enjoy a local cheese oatcake from the coffee shop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Great to see so many pieces of history being maintained by truly passionate volunteer enthusiasts. Well worth planning a trip when they are running the engines.

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Etriuriamuseum, Secretary/Treasurer at Etruria Industrial Museum, responded to this review

Thank for the the excellent review. Our volunteers, some of whom have worked at the museum since 1978 and restored the bone and flint mill, are even more motivated when visitors enjoy the experience of seeing the mill operating. More 

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