What to see
You’ll find accounts of Stoke’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Stoke. For events coming up go to Visit Stoke’s What’s On pages.
Comment and colour
“The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery isn’t to be missed. On the first floor are such ceramics as you will seldom have seen. This is the Potteries in all their former glory.
“By contrast with the spectacular ceramics of the PMAG, the Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, is mainly about the people. The Gladstone works produced run-of-the-mill goods. There are some decorative items in the collection but this museum is primarily concerned with the working lives of the people employed in the Potteries. It was a hard life.
“The men for whom the treasures of the PMAG were made would stop at nothing to avoid paying their workers. They deducted money for breakages or other imperfections, they laid off youths as soon as their apprenticeships were served, they employed women and, with the connivance of men, paid them less. Above all they obliged their people to work in such dire conditions – temperature, dust, toxins, burdens – that they were not long a drain on the payroll.”
(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. Links to Stoke attractions include: