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
No booking required
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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