Last week’s post on the Geological Gallery at Biddulph was, I hope, something of an insight in to the mindset of James Bateman its creator in the mid-19thc. Today’s is designed to look at the gardens he created there, partly because both he and his wife were passionate about plants but partly as a reinforcement of […]
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We often hear that grand gardens cost money: it’s as true as the old cliché which says “money talks.” But there is a world of difference between a grand garden and a great one. Great gardens develop when that money meets vision, enthusiasm, knowledge – and a gardener. In the garden I’m going to talk about […]
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I had the pleasure of being invited to a behind the scenes visit to our city archive today. I had been asked if I wanted to go along by a friend who is doing an art project about the pottery manufacturer.
We went up to the third floor of the city library and were shown round the back of the reception desk into the staff only section. There the city archivist showed us some of the fading pages in the ledgers. They were images of pots that various pot banks made in the history of Stoke-on-Trent.
There were pattern books for tableware and tiles ledgers with the cost of making the ware and details of workers. The old pottery firms did not collect a lot of details and a lot was thrown out when they closed down. But once we had been in the air conditioned archives we were allowed…
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HULL, BIRMINGHAM, DUBLIN, LEEDS, MANCHESTER, NEWCASTLE, READING, AND STOKE ON TRENT IN FINAL VOTE TO DECIDE FUTURE TOUR LOCATIONS
On the evening of Monday, October 16, 1893, a large number of boys joined civic leaders assembled at Hanley Free Library to watch the mayor, Alderman Edwin John Hammersley, open the new Boys’ Reading Room.
The Boys’ Reading Room had been created by the council because adult readers did not want to share the library’s general reading room with boys.
Alderman Hammersley told those attending the ceremony that the Boys’ Reading Room contained between 700 and 800 books.
Speaking directly to the boys, he advised them to read books about British History and novels by leading authors including Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens and James Fenimore Cooper.
At the conclusion of his speech, Alderman Hammersley quoted from a poem about books, which says that they give us:
” New views of life and teach us how to live;
They soothe the grieved, the stubborn they chastise
Fools they admonish and confirm the wise.
Their aid they yield to all; they never shun
The man of sorrow or the wretch undone;
Unlike the hard, the selfish and the proud
They fly not sullen from the supplicant crowd.
Nor tell to various people various things,
But show to subjects what they show to kings.”
In 1905, Tunstall Urban District Council produced a Year Book which gave details of the major buildings and places of interest in Tunstall including the Victoria Institute.
The edited account of the history of the Victoria Institute posted below is taken is taken from the Year Book.
THE VICTORIA INSTITUTE
“This building, the foundation stones of which were laid on the 16th May 1889, was erected by public subscription in commemoration of Her Majesty’s Jubilee and comprises a School of Science, Art and Technology and a Public Library…
“On the 24th October 1895, the foundation stone of an extension to the Institute was laid.
“The extension, which included a Museum, a Cookery School and Pottery Decorating Studios, was being erected by the Urban District Council with the help of a grant of £700 from Staffordshire County Council.”
MPs want Town of Culture competitions to be held in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to give each country its own town of culture.
During a debate on the proposal in the House of Commons, MPs from towns throughout the UK spoke about the cultural activities in their constituencies and the potential for cultural development. Members expressed their frustration that there had been hardly any discussion about the beneficial effect of culture on towns despite the long-term cultural and economic benefits the title UK City of Culture had brought to cities.
Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries believes there should be competitions in all parts of the UK to create national towns of culture. These competitions would give local towns like Congleton, Leek, Nantwich, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford the opportunity to bid to become England’s town of culture.
The success of LightNight in Burslem proves that when they work together, the people of The Potteries can create a world-class event. Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries congratulates everyone who helped to make LightNight so successful.
Faced with cuts in local government expenditure local museums in towns and cities throughout the country are facing closure.
Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries has no hesitation in saying that Museums and Art Galleries ensure the survival of our cultural heritage. They are too important to be used as political footballs by cost-cutting councillors. A nation that forgets its cultural heritage is a nation without a future.
Our mission at Spotlight on North Staffordshire and the Potteries is to use our region’s unique heritage and culture to encourage regeneration by giving local people pride in the past, confidence in the present and hope for the future.