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Address: 2 Elenora Street | Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ, England
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The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre opened in 2012 in one of the period...

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 until 5th November 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.

 

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lovely informative visit

It is lovely to see this visitors centre being revived again such lovely china and wealth of local history information

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is lovely to see this visitors centre being revived again such lovely china and wealth of local history information

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Staratmidnight, Trustee at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you Cath, the Spode Museum Trust and everyone at the Visitor Centre is pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back again this year to see our enlarged space when the contractors have moved out! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Went in with family to look at pottery but the visit turned into a debate about the route of a local canal. Staff were very knowledgeable , volunteers I presume, and I spent an enjoyable hour talking about the canal, the site itself and its history. Lovely welcoming, enthusiastic people. Apparently they have a lot more things that could be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Well, this is worth a visit - not only if you love pottery. You can see a beautiful collection of the Spode treasures. On Saturday we met that friendly lady that was one of the painters at Spode. We returned the next day to see how they transform the color from the copper plates to the plates. It is so... More 

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Staratmidnight, Trustee of the Spode Museum at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Come back and see us again in the not too distant future. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We almost didn't visit this museum as we were pushed for time with a four-day stay in the area, but we were certainly glad we did! The site is currently being redeveloped by a trust in co-operation with the City Council, and is being kept going by a devoted team of volunteers. We were treated to a viewing of the... More 

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Staratmidnight, Trustee at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Spode Works Visitor Centre and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the displays, demonstrations and the tour of the old factory site. We hope you will visit again, perhaps when the Museum is reinstated on the site and all of the Spode Collection is once again available to the public to enjoy and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We were showing around a friend who had never been around Stoke before and this is one of the place that they wanted to go as Stoke is known for pottery production. We went on a Sunday, and we went into the museum which has lots of history to show and we went into a talk as well on how... More 

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Staratmidnight, Trustee of the Spode Museum at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Spode Works Visitor Centre and also to other attractions located on the former Spode site. Do come again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Took my mother to Spode Works Visitor Centre as she is interested in art of all kinds. We all really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent looking at the informative displays and chatting with the very knowledgeable and friendly staff. There was a lady painting who had worked in the factory in her youth, she had some fantastic stories... More 

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Staratmidnight, Trustee of the Spode Museum at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear that you both enjoyed your visit to the Spode Works Visitor Centre and that you enjoyed the displays and in particular talking to Pauline who was demonstrating her painting skills. She does indeed have some good tales to tell about her days working at Spode. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

The front entrance of the old Spode ceramics works in Stoke on Trent has stood as a symbol of a once great industry ever since Spode itself closed a number of years ago, and the beautiful architecture and great ironwork arch bridging the entrance has always fascinated me so it was with real pleasure that I discovered that by going... More 

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Staratmidnight, Trustee of the Spode Museum at Spode Works Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Penny, the Trust is delighted that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

We spent an hour at the Spode Museum yesterday and we were so pleased we did. The staff were incredibly polite and helpful, and were happy to share their knowledge of Spode in Stoke. There was an artist demonstrating how he hand painted plates for many years at Spode, and he gave some wonderful insight into his skilled craft. Although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

This centre is small, informative, interactive, nicely laid out, GREAT staff who are knowledgeable, friendly and warm. My advice is if you have all day, visit here first, have lunch then continue onto the British Ceramic Biennial. By visiting this centre your appreciation of the exhibition will increase as well a heightened respect for the artists' craftsmanship.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

I would recommend stopping at this visitor center. The staff really cares about the history of this location. The exhibits are well done. The selection of items for sale is rather small. In addition, the staff helped us with our visits to other pottery locations in the Stoke-on-Trent area. We would have had a very difficult journey without the help... More 

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