Events


Heritage Open Days 2018
Sep
6
to Sep 16

Heritage Open Days 2018

Ceramic City Stories #CLAYHEAD

Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

Find a ‘secret museum’, glimpse a traditional tile works & uncover a forgotten historical neighbourhood: Stoke-on-Trent’s ELSO district - a fascinating area defined by Elenora Street, Liverpool Road & Shelton Old Road (all adjacent to Spode Works). 

DATES & TIMES:

CLAYHEAD & SECRET MUSEUM (Ceramic City Stories):
Secret Museum is a unique showcase for community-sourced ceramics, personal archives & shared stories related to Stoke-on-Trent, England. CLAYHEAD is a creative resource for DIY heritage & other cultural actions. This independent micro venue is located within a (working) historical ceramic tile works (The Firing Line, Winkhill Mill). 

Thursday 6th & Friday 7th, 12noon-6pm (both days)
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th, 9am-12noon (both days)

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th, 12noon-6pm (both days)
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th, 9am-12noon (both days)


DUST PRESS TILE DEMONSTRATIONS & OPEN DOORS (The Firing Line):
Discover one of the World's only remaining tile works still using traditional techniques & original cast iron dust presses made by William Boulton of Burslem c. 1900. Don't miss this unique opportunity to glimpse a Potteries' hidden gem!

Saturday 8th, 10.30am-11:30am
Saturday 15th, 10.30am-11.30am


*Please note: Visitors to CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum will also be able to view part of The Firing Line historical tile works.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WALKS: 'ELSO DISTRICT' (Ceramic City Stories):
Ceramic City Stories will lead these two informal 1hr+ walks. Help us uncover a forgotten historical neighbourhood. This fascinating area is defined (& in part 'bordered') by Elenora Street, Liverpool Road & Shelton Old Road (adjacent to Spode Works).

Saturday 8th September 12.30pm-1.30pm

Saturday 15th September 12.30pm-1.30pm

BOOKING DETAILS:

No booking required

ACCESS:

Access is limited to this historical industrial building. It involves a small number of steps & two floor levels (former loading bay). Unfortunately, it is not suitable for people who use a wheelchair. However, some areas could be accessed with prior discussion & agreement regarding an alternative door & arrangements. To discuss possibilities please email Danny: hello@ceramiccitystories.info

DIRECTIONS:

Walk: Swan Street is 10 minutes walk from Spode Works, 15 minutes walk from Stoke Railway Station. Car: it can be accessed from the 'D Road' (A500) from either direction (please use SatNav for correct junction & best local route). If approaching from Newcastle-under-Lyme it is located at the bottom of Hartshill Bank (A52) & at the top of Shelton Old Road (immediate right turn).

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS:

Website entry details 

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Open Doors: August
Aug
2
to Aug 31

Open Doors: August

CLAYHEAD will quietly re-open during August & fully re-launch in September....

This unique DIY space housed within Winkhill Mill - an historical ceramic tile works - offers one of The Potteries more unusual hidden hangouts. Check out an eclectic mix of exhibits, events & our new 'kiosk' for a simple range of coffee, tea, cold drinks & more! 

Secret Museum will lead the way with more micro displays of ceramics & archival items sourced from individuals, communities & unusual private collections.

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum will be a work-in-progress throughout August even though the doors will be open! If you visit this month, you will find us working on the space, adding to the resources & beginning to put together the new Secret Museum exhibition which will launch in September as part of Heritage Open Days 2018. However, as always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

Opening times (August):

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 6:00pm

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 12noon

*CLAYHEAD WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES DURING AUGUST:

  • CLOSED Thursday 23rd August

  • CLOSED Friday 24th August

  • CLOSED Saturday 25th August

  • CLOSED Sunday 26th August

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CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum: Closed (May - July)
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum: Closed (May - July)

Unfortunately, CLAYHEAD had to close for an extended period after our last event on 11th May (Eden Project Communities). This unplanned closure wasdue to a double family bereavement sadly. It meant our 'Open Doors' & project plans for Spring & early Summer had to either be cancelled & rearranged. We were disappointed & apologise for any inconvenience to partners & visitors. I would also like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks for the support, patience & love from so many of you during this difficult time. 

We have been working hard behind-the-scenes again at Ceramic City Stories in recent weeks & look forward to quietly re-opening CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum again during August. We are also currently getting back up to speed with our core Fun Palaces Ambassadors partnership: more news & opportunities to get involved will also be announced soon. 

CLAYHEAD Open Doors: regular weekly opening times will begin again in August (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays) & we will fully relaunch CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum during Heritage Open Days 2018... watch this space for more details.

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss events or visit the space privately before we open again: Click here

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

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Community Events | Makers' Workshop
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Community Events | Makers' Workshop

Eden Project Communities will lead an informal skills & networking session: 'How to make community events fun, inclusive, accessible & safe'.

MORE INFORMATION & BOOKING DETAILS

This event is delivered in partnership with FoodFest (North Staffordshire) & Ceramic City Stories (Fun Palaces Ambassador). It is hosted at CLAYHEAD.

FREE* | ALL WELCOME

*Limited places - please book using this link: Evenbrite

10:30am to 2:00pm Friday 11th May 2018 at CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke ST4 7RH

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What is a Fun Palace?
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

What is a Fun Palace?

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SORRY - CANCELLED: What is a Fun Palace?

SORRY - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Friendly & simple 'open door' event to come & find out more about Fun Palaces & Ceramic City Stories (organisation behind CLAYHEAD) including our partnership work with the national Fun Palaces campaign.

We are having a little get together to celebrate the national launch of Fun Palaces 2018 & website registration: Fun Palaces takes place during the weekend of 6th & 7th October. We are meeting to chat about ideas & eat cake!

Come & say hello... everyone welcome!

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Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

Fun Palaces 2017

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CERAMIC CITY STORIES | SECRET MUSEUM

The Firing Line, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

CREATE a unique Potteries’ Fun Palace – YOUR FUN PALACE – during this special national weekend. EVERYONE WELCOME – visit, get involved, share stories & so much more… HELP CELEBRATE the launch of an exciting new DIY resource & pop up space dedicated to STOKE-ON-TRENT HISTORIES & HERITAGE including the ‘SECRET MUSEUM’.

Join us for a gentle celebration of who we are & where we live! Click here for more details


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Oct
7
10:30 AM10:30

Fun Palaces 2017

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CERAMIC CITY STORIES | SECRET MUSEUM

The Firing Line, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

CREATE a unique Potteries’ Fun Palace – YOUR FUN PALACE – during this special national weekend. EVERYONE WELCOME – visit, get involved, share stories & so much more… HELP CELEBRATE the launch of an exciting new DIY resource & pop up space dedicated to STOKE-ON-TRENT HISTORIES & HERITAGE including the ‘SECRET MUSEUM’.

Join us for a gentle celebration of who we are & where we live! Click here for more details


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Sep
10
10:30 AM10:30

Heritage Open Days

Come & join us!


CERAMIC CITY STORIES | THE FIRING LINE

Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

Discover one of the World's only remaining tile works still using traditional techniques & original cast iron dust presses made by Boulton of Burslem c. 1900. Don't miss this unique opportunity to glimpse a Potteries' hidden gem!

Visitors will also get a sneak preview of the 'Secret Museum' - an exciting new resource & pop up space dedicated to Stoke-on-Trent histories & heritage.



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Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

Heritage Open Days

Come & join us!


CERAMIC CITY STORIES | THE FIRING LINE

Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

Discover one of the World's only remaining tile works still using traditional techniques & original cast iron dust presses made by Boulton of Burslem c. 1900. Don't miss this unique opportunity to glimpse a Potteries' hidden gem!

Visitors will also get a sneak preview of the 'Secret Museum' - an exciting new resource & pop up space dedicated to Stoke-on-Trent histories & heritage.



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