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CLAYHEAD | Fun Palace 2019
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

CLAYHEAD | Fun Palace 2019

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CLAYHEAD: Fun Palaces 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday 6th October Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH  

Come & help to CREATE a unique Potteries’ Fun Palace during this special national weekend. EVERYONE WELCOME – visit, get involved, make & share stuff. Join a COMMUNITY-IN-RESIDENCE for a gentle celebration of who we are & where we live! This is a chance to do what you want to do in CLAYHEAD Secret Museum; a DIY pop up resource located in part of a historical ceramic tile factory. It's a friendly & informal space for sharing a cuppa & stories. You can see locally made ceramics & find out more about the items private & public histories. You can also share your own 'ceramic city story' of course! Have you got a crock to promote conversations or maybe a tile with a tale? Bring it down on the day; we look forward to making you welcome!

Fun Palaces is essentially a ‘take-over’ event; we never quite know what will happen! In previous years individuals have brought ceramics, photos & paper archives to share on the day. Contributors have shared (their own) artwork, collection items & all sorts of interesting material. Some have even offered impromtu ‘have-a-go’ skills workshops.

You never know who & what you might bump in to on the day; turn up, take a look & get involved!   

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Oct
5
12:34 PM12:34

(CANCELLED*) Passenger Portrait: Fun Palace on-a-Train

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*CANCELLED: Unfortunately, North Staffs Community Rail Partnership had to cancel this activity due to train schedule issues & a potential clash with another public event.

Passengers & staff on the North Staffs Line travelling between Crewe – Stoke – Derby will have an opportunity to create a unique ‘portrait’ using different easy drawing techniques on acetates. Images will contribute to a growing (train) window display that will evolve throughout the day.

Join activities on the train at the following times; 12:34 d. Stoke – 13:04 a. Crewe – 14:28 a. Derby – 13:07 d. Crewe – 14:42 d. Derby [Please note: Normal fares apply]





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Our Beth | CLAYHEAD Stoke-on-Trent (UK): HODs 2019*
Sep
22
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | CLAYHEAD Stoke-on-Trent (UK): HODs 2019*

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*This event is part of national Heritage Open Days 2019. Please click here for more information.

Discover a unique ‘secret museum’, glimpse a traditional tile works & find out more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).*

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

*Please note: Exhibition open 10:30am - 3:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Danny & Matt will be in residence at CLAYHEAD between 12:30pm - 3:30pm Saturday & 10:30am - 1:30pm Sunday.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | CLAYHEAD Stoke-on-Trent (UK): HODs 2019*
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | CLAYHEAD Stoke-on-Trent (UK): HODs 2019*

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*This event is part of national Heritage Open Days 2019. Please click here for more information.

Discover a unique ‘secret museum’, glimpse a traditional tile works & find out more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).*

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

*Please note: Exhibition open 10:30am - 3:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Danny & Matt will be in residence at CLAYHEAD between 12:30pm - 3:30pm Saturday & 10:30am - 1:30pm Sunday.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | Albert Dock Liverpool (UK): HODs 2019*
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | Albert Dock Liverpool (UK): HODs 2019*

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*This event is part of national Heritage Open Days 2019. Click here for more information.

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

Our Beth

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Our Beth | Albert Dock Liverpool (UK): HODs 2019*
Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | Albert Dock Liverpool (UK): HODs 2019*

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*This event is part of national Heritage Open Days 2019. Click here for more information.

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | South Street Seaport NYC (USA)
Sep
1
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | South Street Seaport NYC (USA)

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ at the Titanic Memorial with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | South Street Seaport NYC (USA)
Aug
31
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | South Street Seaport NYC (USA)

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ at the Titanic Memorial with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | Central Park NYC (USA)
Aug
25
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | Central Park NYC (USA)

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

Our Beth

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Our Beth | Central Park NYC (USA)
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Our Beth | Central Park NYC (USA)

Find two ‘heritage buskers’ with their pop up Secret Museum & discover more about 'OUR BETH'; a special transatlantic tale about 16,000 Minton tiles made in The Potteries, shipped via Liverpool & located at the heart of New York’s world famous Central Park since the mid 1860s

Bethesda Terrace was designed as the formal centrepiece of Central Park, New York City. It’s affectionately known as ‘the heart of the park’. The majestic Arcade is famed for its unique Minton Tile Ceiling created with nearly 16,000 encaustic tiles made in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) over 150 years ago.

A small consignment of the original ceiling & floor tiles will make a unique return journey from Manhattan - via Liverpool - to their ‘birthplace’ in Stoke-on-Trent as part of a transatlantic cultural (re)connection project led by Danny Callaghan (UK) & Matt Reiley (USA).

The two artists will undertake a month-long odyssey - guided by the original transit route - which aims to celebrate the historic commission & promote a contemporary conversation about the wider cultural significance & value of this magnificent ceramic masterpiece.

Our Beth

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Open Doors: August & September
Aug
1
12:00 AM00:00

Open Doors: August & September

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum will be CLOSED throughout August. We will open again on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September to coincide with Heritage Open Days 2019 & the culmination of ‘OUR BETH’ a transatlantic celebration of the unique 1860s Minton Tile Ceiling at Bethesda Arcade, Central Park NYC.

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EXPLORING MINTON: People, Places & Ceramics
Jul
2
12:00 PM12:00

EXPLORING MINTON: People, Places & Ceramics

Exploring Minton: 

A Celebration of People, Places & Ceramics

What:

Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions (HAHO), Potteries Heritage Society and Ceramic City Stories would like to invite you to join us for an exploration of the Minton legacy in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. We have used two walks to begin an initial community conversation about key ceramic production locations and examples of the family’s impact on Stoke and Hartshill’s historic built environment and social history.

What does Minton mean to you? Perhaps you or your family worked for Minton or one of the many connected companies? You might be the proud owner of a Minton tiled doorstep or hallway? Does your morning cuppa taste better from a Minton tea cup? You might simply be interested in Minton and want to find out more!  

This informal workshop is an invitation for more people to join the conversation and explore what a future celebration of Minton might focus on and look like. We would love you to join us!

When:

10:00am - 1:00pm Thursday 4th July

Where:

The Minton Centre, Minton St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7NW

(The Minton Centre is located immediately behind Holy Trinity Church, Hartshill, and may be accessed on foot through the churchyard, and by car from Minton Street. Car parking is available at the Centre, or on the car-park at the bottom of Vicarage Road).

Light refreshments will be available, though, as we plan to finish no later than 1.00pm, lunch will not be provided.


Places on this workshop are FREE, although space is limited. To reserve your place please contact Joe Andrew at j.m.andrew@keele.ac.uk, as soon as possible. *Please note: there are places are still available; please disregard the previous deadline stated on the flyer.

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FOR THE LOVE OF SHARDS
Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

FOR THE LOVE OF SHARDS

12:00noon - 5:00pm 20th June: Clayhead & Secret Museum will be opening its doors for a public conversation about the practice of ceramic shard collecting. Socially Engaged Artist Nicola Winstanley invites you to join the conversation; to talk about why you do it, how and when you do it, and to examine and catalogue some of your favourite finds. Danny Callaghan & Ceramic City Stories volunteers will join Nicola to help out.

This event is part of a wider project by Nicola, which you can read about at https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/shards-an-a-n-bursary-project/. As an avid shard collector herself, Nicola is keen to meet other people with a penchant for pottery pieces. 

Drop in any time between 12:00 - 5:00pm, bring all, some or one piece of your collection and spend a relaxed afternoon with us, celebrating our treasures and the stories that surround them.

If you don’t collect shards but are interested nonetheless, you’re also very welcome to drop in and find out why we love it.

FREE Cuppa & Cake!

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Minton in Hartshill
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

Minton in Hartshill

Potteries Heritage Society, Hartshill & Harpfields Occasions and Ceramic City Stories are working together on a new project celebrating Minton in Hartshill and Stoke. Join us to explore this exciting legacy by walking in the footsteps Minton, Campbell and Hollins - pottery, tiles, factories, innovations, buildings and memorials.

Minton in Hartshill Saturday 15th June - meet at Holy Trinity Church at 10:30am

Each walk will last for around 90 minutes and involve a gentle walk of around 2 miles, pausing to share thoughts and stories from our Minton enthusiasts.

All are welcome but places are limited, so to be sure of your place email andy@potteries.org.uk or leave a message on 01782 747836

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Open Doors: July
Jun
1
to Jul 31

Open Doors: July

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Regular ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

‘OPEN DOORS’ WILL BE SOMEWHAT LIMITED DURING JULY & AUGUST. PLEASE CHECK HERE (EVENTS LISTINGS) FOR UPDATED DAYS/TIMES OR GET IN TOUCH.* CLAYHEAD WILL OPEN AGAIN ON A MORE REGULAR BASIS TO COINCIDE WITH HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2019 (SECOND WEEKEND: 21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER).

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (July):

Thursday 4th July (1:30pm - 5:00pm)*

*Please note 1:30pm start

Friday 5th July (12noon - 5:00pm)

Friday 12th July (12noon - 5:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

Thursday 11th July (CLOSED)

Thursday 18th & 19th July (CLOSED)

Thursday 25th & 26th July CLOSED

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Open Doors: June
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Open Doors: June

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Regular ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

‘OPEN DOORS’ WILL BE SOMEWHAT LIMITED DURING JUNE, JULY & AUGUST. PLEASE CHECK HERE (EVENTS LISTINGS) FOR UPDATED DAYS/TIMES OR GET IN TOUCH.* CLAYHEAD WILL OPEN AGAIN ON A MORE REGULAR BASIS TO COINCIDE WITH HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2019 (SECOND WEEKEND: 21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER).

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (June):

Thursday 6th June (12noon - 5:00pm)

Friday 7th June (12noon - 5:00pm)

Thursday 20th June (12noon - 5:00pm)* *For The Love Of Shards event with Nic Winstanley

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

Thursday 13th & 14th June (CLOSED)

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th June CLOSED

Friday 21st June CLOSED

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Minton in Stoke
May
12
10:30 AM10:30

Minton in Stoke

Potteries Heritage Society, Hartshill & Harpfields Occasions and Ceramic City Stories are working together on a new project celebrating Minton in Hartshill and Stoke. Join us to explore this exciting legacy by walking in the footsteps Minton, Campbell and Hollins - pottery, tiles, factories, innovations, buildings and memorials.

Minton in Stoke Sunday 12th May - meet at the Campbell statue by Sainsbury’s at 10:30am

Each walk will last for around 90 minutes and involve a gentle walk of around 2 miles, pausing to share thoughts and stories from our Minton enthusiasts.

All are welcome but places are limited, so to be sure of your place email andy@potteries.org.uk or leave a message on 01782 747836

*There is a second related walk: Minton in Hartshill Saturday 15th June - meet at Holy Trinity Church at 10:30am please search ‘Events’ listings for details.

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Open Doors: May
May
1
to May 31

Open Doors: May

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Revised regular ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (May):

Friday 3rd May (12noon - 5:00pm)

Friday 10th May (12noon - 5:00pm)

Friday 24th May (12noon - 5:00pm)

Thursday 30th & Friday 31st May (12noon - 5:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

Thursday 2nd May

Thursday 9th May

Thursday 16th May & Friday 17th May

Thursday 23rd May

*Please watch this space for more 2019 Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Touching History: TACS Visit
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Touching History: TACS Visit

Touching History is a collaborative project between Stoke Your Gratitude C.I.C., the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS). Some of the outcomes will be tactile models for visually impaired people & a project book featuring a selection of specially chosen Minton & Co. encaustic tile designs of the period 1840-42.

Saturday 6th April: A special event for TACS members will be generously hosted by Ceramic City Stories at CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7RH, that will include a show of early Minton encaustic tiles used for the making of a project book, a talk on the creation of tactile tile models by Bret Shah, a lecture on early Minton encaustics by Hans van Lemmen and a visit to the nearby Minton Hollins tile factory preserved office building. There will also be a visit to the nearby Holy Trinity Church (1842) in Hartshill, covered with early Minton encaustic floor and wall tiles. For those TACS members who book for this event further details will be made available nearer the time.

*Please note: Touching History exhibition at CLAYHEAD is FREE & open to all visitors throughout Saturday (11:00am - 5:00pm). Anyone visiting at the time of the TACS visit (11:00am - 1:30pm) will be welcome. However, there may be limited access to The Firing Line dust presses & a lecture by renowned Tile Historian Hans Van Lemmen during this time. if you wish to join the full TACS’ Stoke-on-Trent tour then you do need to be a TACS Member & book a place (£10). Please click here for more details: TACS

There will even be FREE Cuppa & cake all day, although it may be difficult to ‘man’ the kettle during the early part of the TACS’ Members visit (between 11am - 1pm).

*More Touching History project details & information: Stoke Your Gratitude

The exhibition is housed in Ceramic City Stories’ unique DIY space in Swan Street: CLAYHEAD is an exciting pop up environment secretly housed at Winkhill Mill, Stoke-on-Trent. Two modified shipping containers installed in the former loading bay of this historical ceramic tile works help to form an exciting & unusual micro venue for The Potteries.

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS)

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Touching History: Late
Apr
5
5:00 PM17:00

Touching History: Late

Come & join us for an early evening celebration of Stoke Your Gratitude’s Touching History project. The exhibition, film & other related exhibits launches earlier in the day (12noon onwards). This ‘late’ event is a chance to meet some of the project partners, take a look at the display & enjoy a relaxed ‘early doors’ get together with friends old & new.

(FREE) Drink & nibbles for all visitors!

Touching History is a collaborative project between Stoke Your Gratitude C.I.C., the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS). Some of the outcomes will be tactile models for visually impaired people & a project book featuring a selection of specially chosen Minton & Co. encaustic tile designs of the period 1840-42.

*More Touching History project details & event information: Stoke Your Gratitude

The exhibition is housed in Ceramic City Stories’ unique DIY space in Swan Street: CLAYHEAD is an exciting pop up environment secretly housed at Winkhill Mill, Stoke-on-Trent. Two modified shipping containers installed in the former loading bay of this historical ceramic tile works help to form an exciting & unusual micro venue for The Potteries.

Exhibition & event location: CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Touching History: Exhibition
Apr
5
to Apr 7

Touching History: Exhibition

Come & find out more about this fascinating sensory project with a focus on historical ceramic tiles. Visitors can view an array of items including displays of original Minton tiles, sample 3D printed (sensory) tiles & related project information (archives & contemporary design work).

Friday 5th April 12noon - 5:00pm (+ ‘Late’ event 5:00pm - 7:00pm FREE drink & nibbles)

Saturday 6th April 11:00am - 5:00pm (includes TACS’ Members visit 11:00am - 1:30pm)

Sunday 6th April 11:00am - 5:00pm

(FREE) Cuppa & cake for all visitors!

The exhibition is housed in Ceramic City Stories’ unique DIY space in Swan Street: CLAYHEAD is an exciting pop up environment secretly housed at Winkhill Mill, Stoke-on-Trent. Two modified shipping containers installed in the former loading bay of this historical ceramic tile works help to form an exciting & unusual micro venue for The Potteries.

Touching History is a collaborative project between Stoke Your Gratitude C.I.C., the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS). Some of the outcomes will be tactile models for visually impaired people & a project book featuring a selection of specially chosen Minton & Co. encaustic tile designs of the period 1840-42.

Exhibition & event location: CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH

*More Touching History project details & event information: Stoke Your Gratitude

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Open Doors: April
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Open Doors: April

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Revised regular Winter ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (April):

Touching History: Exhibition, Event & Open Doors*

*Friday 5th April (12noon - 5:00pm) FREE Cuppa & cake!

[+ Touching History Late, Friday 5th ( 5:00pm - 7:00pm) Open to all FREE drinks & nibbles!]

*Saturday 6th (11:00am - 5:00pm) FREE Cuppa & cake!

*Sunday 7th April (11:00am - 5:00pm) FREE Cuppa & cake!

More project details & event information: Stoke Your Gratitude

11th & 12th April (12noon - 5:00pm)

18th April (12noon - 5:00pm)

25th & 26th April (12noon - 5:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

Thursday 4th April

Friday 19th April

*Please watch this space for more 2019 Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

ACCESS: CLAYHEAD is located in a working historical factory building. There are a number of steps & small spaces which means access is limited for some people unfortunately. However, please contact us directly to discuss issues or requirements & we will do our very best to find ways to accommodate you. Danny 07999350176 or hello@ceramiccitystories.info

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Open Doors: March
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Open Doors: March

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Revised regular Winter ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (March):

1st March (12noon - 5:00pm)

7th & 8th March (12noon - 5:00pm)

14th & 15th March (12noon - 5:00pm)

21st & 22nd March (12noon - 5:00pm)

28th & 29th March (12noon - 5:00pm)

*Please watch this space for more 2019 Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

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Open Doors: February
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Open Doors: February

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Revised regular Winter ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (February):

1st February (12noon - 5:00pm)

8th February (12noon - 5:00pm)

15th February (12noon - 5:00pm)

22nd February (12noon - 5:00pm)

28th February & 1st March (12noon - 5:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

7th February

14th February

21st February

*Please watch this space for more 2019 Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

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Open Doors: January
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Open Doors: January

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Revised regular Winter ‘open doors’ times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 5:00pm

*Please contact us if you wish to visit at other times. We can sometimes accommodate requests to open on alternative dates.

Opening times (January):

10th & 11th January (12noon - 5:00pm)

17th & 18th January (12noon - 5:00pm)

1st February (12noon - 5:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD (Secret Museum) will be CLOSED on the following days:

3rd & 4th January

24th & 25th January

31st January

*Please watch this space for more 2019 Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

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CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum
Nov
1
to Nov 30

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

*CLAYHEAD will be CLOSED to the public during November & December (although project work & activities continue). Please watch this space for future Open Doors & Events in 2019. However, if you would like to visit or chat about an idea please get in touch & we may be able to agree an alternative arrangement.

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit this month during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

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UK Fun Palaces Ambassadors
Nov
1
9:00 AM09:00

UK Fun Palaces Ambassadors

Ceramic City Stories is proud to host the UK Fun Palaces Ambassadors in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 1st November. The gathering will take place in the iconic Spode Works (Spode Museum). Activists, volunteers & guests from Bristol, Cornwall, London, Scotland, Sheffield & Stoke-on-Trent will spend an intense day sharing stories & models of positive ‘small change’ from each local area.

Fun Palaces Ambassadors Programme is running in five areas around the UK from October 2016 – October 2019.  With funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and partnering with Wellcome, Fun Palaces and our partner organisations are bringing together grassroots cultural activism with Action Research to enable skill-sharing and learning.

The Ambassadors are already-engaged, already-active local people and organisations, extending the work they do locally and regionally, learning from the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, supporting and engaging with each other across the UK.

Our Ambassador/host locations are :

The Ambassadors, their colleagues, volunteers and host organisations come together four times a year to discuss their work, share local initiatives and to develop our joint work for cultural democracy. The learning we are gathering from this work is proving invaluable and we expect to have a great deal to share as we progress.

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CLAYHEAD | Fun Palaces
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

CLAYHEAD | Fun Palaces

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CLAYHEAD: ELSO DISTRICT

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

Come & CREATE a unique Potteries’ Fun Palace – A FUN PALACE NEIGHBOURHOOD – during this special national weekend. EVERYONE WELCOME – visit, get involved, make & share stuff. Join our COMMUNITY-IN-RESIDENCE for an alternative celebration of who we are & where we live! Includes: CLAYHEAD | #ClayConversation (Cornwall – Liverpool – Stoke-on-Trent) | ELSO Open Doors & Urban Walk | ELSO Artists-in-Residence | CentreSpace/ Spode Museum | Moving Pictures: Fun Palace on-a-Train

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

10:30am - 3:30pm Saturday 6th October CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH   All day:

  • Revealing Voices: Arthur Wood Collection (Potteries Heritage Society & Andy Perkin)

  • Burslem Butterflies (Joanna Dawidowska & Leone Davis)

  • #N18 & #ST4 ELSO Artists-in-Residence (facilitated by Amy Foster)

  • Touching History (Bret Shah & Stoke Your Gratitude CIC)

  • Exploratory for The Potteries (Martin Brown & North Staffs Society of Architects)

  • Lino printing (led by artist Steve Shaw)

  • The Firing Line (viewing & demo 1pm by Richard Wilshaw)

  • Secret Museum (Phil Rowley & Ceramic City Stories)

Scheduled activities:

  • 12:00noon - 1:00pm ELSO Open Doors & Urban Walk (Andy Perkin)

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Rocket Stove Oatcakes (FoodFest, Jayne & Jonathon Fair)

  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm #ClayConversation DIY live (group) video call between friends in Cornwall, Liverpool & Stoke-on-Trent (Wheal Martyn Museum, Friends of Everton Park & Ceramic City Stories)

Other ELSO connected Fun Palaces:

Moving Pictures: Fun Palace on-a-Train 10:34am - 3:33pm Saturday 6th October (departs Stoke Station 10.34).

  • Join us on the North Staffs Line as we travel to and fro between Crewe and Derby, stopping at all normal intermediary stops. Drop in at any time and create your own carbon print using our “magic drawing” technique. Our focus will be past & present stations & locations en route. Our artists-in-residence & volunteers from Ceramic City Stories will be on hand to help. The activity is free of charge. Suitable for all ages and abilities. NORMAL TRAIN FARES APPLY. Artists & historian in residence: Jane Wells, Fearn Hepden & Robert Fair supported by Claire Sandys, North Staffs Community Rail Partnership Officer

#ClayConversation 2:00pm - 2:45pm Saturday 6th October

#ClayConversations is a DIY live (group) video call between friends in Cornwall (Wheal Martyn, St Austell), Liverpool (Friends of Everton Park) & Stoke-on-Trent (CLAYHEAD, Stoke). This ‘digital’ Fun Palace will create a national link between three hyperlocal communities on the day. We hope it encourages the beginning of a much longer creative exploration of historical (re)connections & present day shared stories: THE CLAY – THE PORT – THE POTTERIES. Call will involve: Nikita Brown, Richard Scott, Andy Perkin, Phil Rowley & Danny Callaghan

JOIN US: 2:00pm - 2:45pm Saturday 6th October

ONLINE:

  • Twitter | simply search &/or use #ClayConversation + #FunPalaces (together)

  • *Currently also exploring live stream options tbc

IN PERSON:

  • WHEAL MARTYN CLAY WORKS

    • Carthew, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG

    • www.wheal-martyn.com

  • CERAMIC CITY STORIES (CLAYHEAD)

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

    • www.ceramiccitystories.info

Centre Space Spode & Spode  Museum10:30am - 4:00pm Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October Centre Space is an exhibition space within the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre. Offering an ongoing events calendar showcasing work Locally and internationally.  INFINITE CITY Infinite City at Centre Space, Spode Museum 19th September - 7th October Sarah Peart, 20, is a professional photographer, and Infinite City is her first solo exhibition.

REFLECTIONS OF SPODE Over the past 45 years the creative career of local artist Frederick Phillips has taken him to many places in the world. But in 2007 after almost 18 years of living in Chicago, USA and working in a studio there, he chose to return to his hometown of Stoke where he set up a new studio.

Click on the image link below to find out more…

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Open Doors: October
Oct
1
to Nov 1

Open Doors: October

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Usual regular Winter ‘open doors’ opening times:

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 6:00pm

Opening times (October):

4th & 5th October (12noon - 6:00pm)

6th October (Fun Palaces 10:30am - 3:30pm)

11th October (12noon - 6:00pm)

18th October (12noon - 6:00pm)

25th (12noon - 6:00pm)

*CLAYHEAD will be CLOSED on the following days:

12th October

19th October

26th October

*Please watch this space for November & December Open Doors & Events

*Please note: CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum are always in effect a ‘work-in-progress’. If you visit this month during our regular ‘Open Doors’ hours, you are likely to find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest exhibition. As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

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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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