The Victorians are coming to Gladstone

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2019

Gladstone Pottery Museum is welcoming guests from another era this Saturday – when a band of Victorians make the site their home.

Visitors will be able to find out what life was like up to 182 years ago, during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901. 

The Victorian Takeover Day, on Saturday, July 20, includes the chance to meet a doctor who will set up shop in the on-site doctor’s house.

The cobbled courtyard will also be bustling with interesting characters such as a fortune teller and circus acts including ‘the amazing dog-faced baby’. 

Visitors will also be able to watch traditional plays and the museum’s activity room will have magic shadow puppet shows throughout the day.

These activities are all included with museum admission and will take place from 11am to 4pm.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “This is a fantastic event for all the family and we’d encourage as many people as possible to come down and find out more about Victorian life. The band of characters are going to be extremely interesting and I’m sure children will love the circus acts and activities.

“And remember, take some brilliant photos and post them on social media with #MyStokeStory as part of the campaign to shout about great events and activities across the city.”

The Victorian Takeover Day is the first of several events and activities at Gladstone Pottery Museum, with an extensive programme for all ages during the summer holidays.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday and bank holidays, 10am to 5pm. There is ample free parking. For more information, call 01782 237777, see or visit the Gladstone Pottery Museum Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites.

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