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The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre

2 Elenora Street | Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ, England
+44 1782 411421
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Super Spode

An incredible place to visit which I could hark n about for paragraphs but if you're short of time... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Michael H
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London, United Kingdom
Sad to see this, but there is a future

Went to visit this centre hoping to get details on my wife's great grandfather who was a decorator... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
869dougw
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The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre tells the story of Spode and its importance to Stoke over the 230 years of its operation with displays of its history, working conditions and people and of its products from the 1770s until the factory closed in 2008. Activities at the Centre include demonstrations of China Painting and transfer printing on antique machinery from the original copperplates. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Parties and Groups by appointment. Admission is free with guided tours of the Blue Room and the factory site at a small charge. The Heritage Centre has a large retail shop and the Blue Willow Tea Room is available for specialist teas and cake.
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2 Elenora Street | Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

An incredible place to visit which I could hark n about for paragraphs but if you're short of time, let me just say that the location, the staff that work there and the whole experience is ace. I love Stoke as it always had its...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to visit this centre hoping to get details on my wife's great grandfather who was a decorator at Copeland. No luck, but did meet some lovely and passionate volunteers who giave hope to this centre being revitalised. Just a tiny part of the collection...More

Thank 869dougw
Staratmidnight, Trustee, The Spode Museum at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointment at the Heritage Centre yesterday and ask if you will kindly write to us with the name of your grandfather and if possible the dates that he worked for Copelands. We would like the opportunity...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The forward-thinking directors of Spode established the Spode Museum Trust as an independent charity in 1987, into which it placed the Spode collection and archive, an unique piece of England's history covering two centuries, including 40,000 ceramic items and 25,000 engraved plates from which the...More

Thank Ian C
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the Heritage Centre and for your photographs. We wish to make it clear that one of your photographs showing the decline of Spode Manufacturing is not in any way connected with the current Spode Works Heritage Centre. We hope...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

We went on the tour of these buildings on Heritage day. It was good to see the buildings now before they are changed. The renovation will take approx. 2 years and will be a great place to see then also. There will be student flats,...More

Thank sueb7777
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Sue and thank you for your Review. Come back and see us again next year when hopefully you will see new exhibitions at the Heritage Centre and completion of some developments on the old Spode factory site.

Reviewed 19 August 2017

Not being an enthusiast for pottery I was unsure what to expect here, but was captivated by the array of patterns, history and culture on display. These days we have moved away from pottery which is produced with intelligence and pride, and to visit the...More

Thank shaggyd0g1
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your Review and we are delighted to read that you clearly enjoyed your visit. Please come back and see us again next year when some new exhibitions will hopefully be in place.

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

I phoned them up at short notice to take a coach of 27 passengers. When arriving the security were fantastic couldn't do enough for us. Same as staff inside a lot going on in this museum. Films and talks about the workers and stuff they...More

Thank Stuart F
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Hello Stuart, thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre with your coach party. We are delighted to hear that it was a success look forward to welcoming you with another group in the not...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017

It is lovely to see this visitors centre being revived again such lovely china and wealth of local history information

Thank cathshepp
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2017

Thank you Cath, the Spode Museum Trust and everyone at the Visitor Centre is pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back again this year to see our enlarged space when the contractors have moved out!

Reviewed 11 August 2016

Went in with family to look at pottery but the visit turned into a debate about the route of a local canal. Staff were very knowledgeable , volunteers I presume, and I spent an enjoyable hour talking about the canal, the site itself and its...More

Thank ianbingham
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

There have been quite a few changes Ian, do come back if you can and take a look.

Reviewed 8 August 2016

Well, this is worth a visit - not only if you love pottery. You can see a beautiful collection of the Spode treasures. On Saturday we met that friendly lady that was one of the painters at Spode. We returned the next day to see...More

Thank Kaiser96
Staratmidnight, Trustee of the Spode Museum at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2016

Thank you for your review - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Come back and see us again in the not too distant future.

Reviewed 31 July 2016

We almost didn't visit this museum as we were pushed for time with a four-day stay in the area, but we were certainly glad we did! The site is currently being redeveloped by a trust in co-operation with the City Council, and is being kept...More

Thank Jeff P
Staratmidnight, Trustee at The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2016

Thank you for visiting the Spode Works Visitor Centre and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the displays, demonstrations and the tour of the old factory site. We hope you will visit again, perhaps when the Museum is reinstated on the site and...More

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Flowerofthemonth
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Response from Staratmidnight | Property representative |
The original Spode manufacturing company closed down in 2009 and Portmeirion subsequently purchased the brand name. Portmeirion continue to manufacture Spode, including some of the old patterns, at their factory in Stoke on... More
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