Category Archives: Hanley

Diary Date: An invitation to meet Grant Palmer

Diary Date: Stoke Sings in February

Diary Date: A Georgian Christmas at the Potteries Museum

Diary Date: New Exhibition at the Museum

Diary Date – Festive “messy session” at the Potteries Museum

Focus on Hanley: Winter Walks and Santa Dashes in Hanley Park

Winter birdlife in Hanley Park

The park is beautiful this time of year and is the ideal time to spot the array of birds we have in residence. If you are coming for a walk over the festive period you are likely to spot a huge variety of birds including kingfishers, robins, goldfinch, gold crests, tree creepers, nuthatches, jays, wrens, mistle thrush, great spotted woodpeckers, herons and the odd cormorant to name a few. It is also the ideal opportunity to see the development in the restoration works which are due to be complete by the summer next year…

To read more news from Hanley Park visit Winter Walks and Santa Dashes in Hanley Park

A Georgian Christmas at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Come and enjoy a Georgian Christmas at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery between 11.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 8 December.

Discover the customs and traditions celebrated by the Georgians at Christmas before the advent of the Victorian Christmas tree, crackers and cards.

You will meet two costumed characters preparing for the Festive party by creating decorations from greenery and paper to adorn the house. They will also be making gingerbread, decorating the Christmas Cake and making kissing boughs. Throughout the day they will introduce visitors to a traditional Georgian Christmas and tell them how our ancestors made merry during the festive season.

Admission Free



Differences between teachers and school inspectors are not new.  The Stoke-on-Trent art schools got a pasting from government inspectors at the end of the First World War, but the principal, Stanley Thorogood, was proud of their achievements in difficult circumstances and was fizzing with ideas for the future.

Hanley, one of the six towns of the North Staffordshire Potteries, first opened its art school in 1847. Burslem opened in 1853. Smaller schools in the other towns amalgamated with Hanley and Burslem in 1910. They were part of the national system of art education, providing artisans with basic drawing and modelling skills. Only the most persistent student could follow its syllabus through its 22 levels; most went through only two or three. Originality and creativity were actively discouraged. At the pinnacle of this system was the National Art Training School in South Kensington, later the Royal College of Art (RCA)


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Joseph Boot

Wolverhampton's War

Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1876, the son of William Edward and Myra Elizabeth Boot. In 1901, he was living with his grandmother in Hanley, Staffordshire, and was working as a furnaceman for an ironworks. He was still in Hanley by 1911, with his widowed mother and brothers Samuel and Harry. He was now a bricklayer.

On 6 November 1915, Joseph enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment (number 19293). He was posted to France in July 1916, but was reported missing, and later presumed dead, on 18 November 1916. He is remembered at the Thieval Memorial.

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