Events


CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum
Nov
1
to Nov 30

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

*CLAYHEAD will be CLOSED to the public during November. Please watch this space for future 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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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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Open Doors: September
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Open Doors: September

CLAYHEAD & Secret Museum

Regular opening times (September):

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 6:00pm

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 12:00noon

*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 will find different people working in the space, adding to the resources & refreshing the latest Secret Museum exhibition as we prepare for Fun Palaces weekend (6 & 7 October). As always, there will be a friendly person or two to meet, conversations to be had & an interesting place to check out...

Opening times (September):

  • Thursday & Friday 12noon - 6:00pm

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 12noon

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

  • CLOSED Thursday 27th September

  • CLOSED Friday 28th September

  • CLOSED Saturday 29th September

  • CLOSED Sunday 30th September

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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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