Major investment in City Archives and Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Published: Tuesday, 12th July 2022

The city council is planning a major investment in the city’s historic records and collections as it relocates Stoke-on-Trent City Archives into the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

In line with the council’s commitment to support culture and heritage, the City Archives, which are part of the joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, would move from their current home at City Central Library in 2023, enhancing the current offer available at the museum for visitors and residents.

These plans make much better use of public buildings and bring together two fantastic services and their important historical collections in more modern, purposely-structured facilities. The museum would house a new reading room in the foyer, complementing ongoing plans to invest in and develop the city’s museums offer further.

Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said: “The archive service is a much-loved provision that gives visitors access to a wide range of historical records.

“One of our priorities is to maintain the culture and heritage of Stoke-on-Trent. By relocating the archives to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, we will be enhancing the offer of the museum as a hub for local history and heritage. The museum and City Central Library are located next to each other, so as well as the move enhancing and complementing both services by bringing them together, it will also make the move more cost-effective and efficient than moving elsewhere.

“Visitors of the archives will also have the opportunity to sample the fantastic galleries and exhibitions available at the museum plus visit the stunning Spitfire Gallery and its café.”

The archive service is a popular resource and is part of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Archive Service. This learning resource assists the local community and provides a knowledge hub that local people can access.

The council’s cabinet will consider the proposals on Tuesday, 19 July. The report and more information about the meeting can be found on the council’s website.

To find out more about the City Archives please visit - Staffordshire Archives and Heritage | Facebook.