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). One of the outcomes will be Tactile Models and a Tactile Book for visually impaired people featuring a selection of specially chosen Minton & Co. encaustic tile designs of the period 1840-42.
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 the Tactile Book, a talk on the creation of Tactile Tile Models and the Tactile Book 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 our 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.