Spode Visitor Centre

The Spode Visitor Centre tells the stories of the Spode factory, the works, the everyday and amazing things they made and the collection and archive of the Spode Museum Trust.  There are films, images, interactive displays, objects from the collections and regular events and activities.  Find out more about the experiences of former workers at Spode and collect their reminiscences and photographs to add to the permanent archive. The ceramics collection is the largest and finest collection of Spode in the world, and one of the most important ceramics collections in Britain.

World of Wedgwood

Home to the Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important ceramic collections in the world, the newly displayed Wedgwood Museum offers a unique window into English industrial history and creative heritage spanning over 250 years. The collection has been permanently loaned to the Wedgwood Museum by the Victoria and Albert Museum, a testament to its national significance and its rightful domain at Barlaston, Wedgwood’s home since 1940.

Open Monday - Friday, 10am to 5pm & Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 

Middleport Pottery

The Middleport Pottery factory tour offers the chance to see pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery.

You will also see the steam engine which once powered the whole factory. Each tour lasts for around one hour. Tours must be booked in advance.

Tours of the factory run from Monday – Thursday at 11am and 2pm, and on Fridays at 11am only.  There are no tours at weekends.

Flower Factory Field

The Flower Factory Field project was created to form part of the commemorations for World War One, working with young people from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Participants explored the history of ceramic flower-making and made the connection between ceramic industry and the Spode archived material related to the involvement of women pottery workers during WW1.

Operations Manager

Operations Manager

More than just another festival, the BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL (BCB) is a statement of intent, a significant and long-term intervention in the landscape of the Potteries and its ceramics industry and heritage as Stoke-on-Trent confidently moves forward and reinvents itself for the c21st.

BCB is currently recruiting for a temporary Operations manger - The Operations Manager is responsible for the management of the festival site, for its smooth-running before, during and after the biennial. 

Download the job description below.


BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL (BCB) stages its fifth festival in Stoke-on-Trent from 23 September – 5 November 2017, celebrating the best in contemporary ceramics in the heart of The Potteries.

Planning for this year’s Festival is currently underway and the full programme has been announced (see www.britishceamicsbiennial.com).

Jeremy Theophilus

9 March 1949 – 18 May 2015

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our founding joint Artistic Director Jeremy Theophilus, who finally gave way to cancer that was first diagnosed in 2011.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Jeremy's wife Linda, his children Kate and Joseph and his wider family.

Arts Council

Arts Council England (ACE) works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, ACE support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. 


Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is committed to promoting the city as a global centre of excellence in ceramics and as a major tourist destination. In supporting British Ceramics Biennial, we can do both. Within the City Council, Stoke Town Regeneration is working to develop a masterplan to transform Stoke town into a place where people want to live, work, shop and spend their leisure time. 



Ceramics and its Dimensions

British Ceramics Biennial is proud to part of the international ceramics and its Dimensions (CAID) project.

CAID is an innovative project encompassing all facets of ceramics and uniting Europe u der its wide umbrella. It brings museums, universities and research institutes togther to provide an integral view of ceramics past, present and future and last but not least, harnesses all manner of internal and external communication to shed light on the dawn of ceramics: European Ceramics -a materail with tradition for the world of tomorrow.