Spotlight on Stoke

Spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is proud of its heritage

A Mark IX Spitfire

People from Stoke-on-Trent are proud of their city’s heritage.

History records the achievements of men and women from our city and tells us the role they played on the world stage.

Stoke-on-Trent’s city council was one of the pioneers of comprehensive education. It defied both Conservative and Labour governments and replaced grammar and secondary modern schools with neighbourhood comprehensive schools and a sixth form college.

Local art schools, technical schools and colleges of further education were progressive centres of excellence. Reginald Mitchell, who designed the Spitfire, turned down a place at Birmingham University. He wanted to serve an apprenticeship with a firm in Fenton and to study engineering at technical schools in the city.

By the beginning of the 1930s, the North Staffordshire Technical College was a university in everything but name. The college had an international reputation and attracted overseas students. It possessed the world’s leading ceramic research centre and had Europe’s best mining school.

There are those who say the past is dead. They are wrong. The past lives in our collective memory. It makes us what we are today. Stoke-on-Trent has a proud heritage – a heritage which must not be forgotten. A city that forgets its past is a city without a future.

(Photograph of the Spitfire taken by Chowells, Edited by Fir0002)

Focus on Tunstall: Tunstall Park

The Bowling Green at Tunstall Park, Stoke-on-Trent.

via The Bowling Green at Tunstall Park, Stoke-on-Trent. — Postcards from Stoke

Getting to know North Staffordshire

I’ve been really enjoying exploring recently. We moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme (in the Midlands, not the Newcastle in North East England that most people know!) in December 2015 and although it’s not far from where I grew up in the Staffordshire Moorlands it’s not an area I knew well. We live walking distance from the town […]

via Exploring your surroundings — Joeyanne’s Journal

Focus on Hanly: Boating in the park

Boating in Hanley Park, on a misty spring day

via Boating in Hanley Park, on a misty spring day — Postcards from Stoke

DiaryDate: Soul Night at the Museum

On Friday 25 August you can enjoy an evening of Soul and Motown classics at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with local singer Charmaine Baines and her live band

With an immense repertoire from Classic and Soulful House Music to Jazz, Neo-Soul, Motown, Blues, RnB and Reggae, Charmaine Baines is a unique soulful performer. This year saw her support Ruby Turner for the 2017 Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival and also debut at The Monteflavio Jazz Festival in Rome, performing with the brilliant Anima Band.

Charmaine will be paying tribute to some of the Soul and Motown classics with her amazing band. Admission is free. The concert starts at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm.

Spotlight on Tunstall’s Heritage Market

Heritage tourism is big business. More than 4.7 million tourists visit Stoke-on-Trent each year.

Tunstall’s heritage market will be 200 years old on September 20th, 2017.

Spotlight on Stoke believes that everyone who cares about Tunstall’s future should back the market’s bi-centennial celebrations and help to make them a success.

Tourists spend a lot of money when they visit a town.

The bi-centennial celebrations will put Tunstall on Stoke-on-Trent’s tourist trail and help to regenerate the town centre.

Say Goodbye to the red telephone kiosk

Over the next five years, British Telecom is going to get rid of nearly 50% of its 40,000 public phone booths, including the classic red telephone kiosks designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

According to British Telecom, only 7,000 of the 33,000 calls made each day from its public pay phones are made from the traditional red kiosks, which have been familiar landmarks in towns and villages throughout Britain for many years.

Royal Doulton Art Nouveau

Few designs have the followers of this particular Royal Doulton art nouveau design. Well over a century after its introduction in 1909, today collectors still compete for unusual items featuring this iconic design. Although it had a relatively long production period until sometime after the outbreak of WWII, examples of it, other than rack plates […]

First posted 13th August 2017. To read more visit Collecting Royal Doulton’s Poppies ‘B’ seriesware. — doultoncollectorsclub

Camera in the City – Chatterley Whitfield

Chatterley Whitfield (July 1995)

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© David Martin (1995) and The MartinCooper Collection (2017)

DiaryDate: World War II fighter plane on display at RAF Cosford

The Wolverhampton Express and Star reports that a two-seat turret aircraft the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1 will be the star of the show in its hangar at the RAF Cosford Museum. But ahead of the Open Cockpit event at the museum on September 15 and 16, the plane has been on a journey of its own.Arriving on a low loader from London in November 2016, it was stripped down before being transported to its original birthplace of the Midlands…

To read more visit World War II fighter plane on display at RAF Cosford – in pictures | Express & Star

NewsDesk: Teaching a new generation the art of Pottery

Clay College, Stoke, offers a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics, something unique in the UK. We are proposing that from September 2017, a two-year full-time course will be run for 14 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms.

The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials. Students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques. This will be augmented by modules focusing on business and marketing which will offer students the opportunity to become self-sufficient, developing their own business model to suit their work and sufficiently skilled to join a work force in a production pottery…

To Read More Visit Clay College – Teaching a new generation the art of Pottery

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