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Blog | Urban Sketching in Stoke-on-Trent

The following is a guest blog from our cultural champion for Stoke-upon-Trent, Alan Barrett. The weekend of June 7th to June 9th saw Stoke-on-Trent enjoy a friendly invasion from an eclectic bunch from across the UK who had one thing in common, sketching. In particular, sketching the urban landscape of the country, fro …

Video | Joyce Iwaszko – Our Front Door Project

Cultural Champion for Hanley, Joyce Iwaszko recently took part in Entrepreneurs Network & Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID’s “Our Front Door” project. In this video we see Joyce at work and she talks about the inspiration behind her door. Got a cultural story to tell? Use the hashtags #SOTCulture #MyStokeStory to spr …

Opportunity for budding young performers at New Vic

The New Vic is searching for budding young performers to appear in its production of The Prince and The Pauper this Christmas. The New Vic is looking for local young people in school years 7 to 9 to take part in a Summer School at the end of August, after which a number will be offered places in the prod …

Guest Blog | Merrym’n: Songs for the City

The following is a guest blog by Bob Moston AKA Merrym’n I find the national perception of Stoke-on-Trent to be a fascinating and frustrating thing. The kind of lazy stereotyping thrown about during the by-elections and the referendum only perpetuated the school of thought that has a stranger’s face suck …

Revamped Exhibition for 10th Anniversary of Staffordshire Hoard

It’s the treasure that unlocked the dramatic history of 7th century England and the world of its warrior elite. Ten years ago on 5 July 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in a farmer’s field near Lichfield.  Still the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever discovered, the Staffordshire Ho …

New Vic Announce Autumn Season

As the New Vic Theatre prepares to stage David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Staffordshire’s theatre-in-the-round today announces its full autumn season. The theatre will produce four productions, beginning with Moira Buffini’s Handbagged which takes centre-stage from Friday 6 to Saturday 28 September. …

Blog | Stoke’s Very Own Seventh Wonder

The following is a guest blog by Keith Burdon. As some of you may or may not know, myself and my lovely better half are teachers, teaching two of the most popular subjects in secondary teaching, languages and maths respectively. If we had had a pound for every time that we have heard the phrase “When well I e …

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Nominated for National Award!

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today. The Stoke-on-Trent attraction was selected out of more than 800 nominations from across the UK and will now compete against 15 finalists for the national prize. UK charit …

Stoke-on-Trent Pride 2019

This Saturday (15th June 2019) will see the 13th annual Stoke-on-Trent Pride which is being held at Hanley Park. This years pride looks to be the biggest ever with Live entertainment from singers, dancers and comedians, with Michael Rice, United Kingdom’s Entrant for this years Eurovision in attendance and performing o …

250th Anniversary of Wedgwood’s First Day’s Vases

The following is a guest blog by Greg Stephens 250 years ago today, on June 13, 1769. a very significant thing happened that affected Stoke-on-Trent’s industrial and cultural history. It also affected the history of the world. Josiah Wedgwood opened his Etruria pottery, on the banks of the Trent and Mersey canal. To ce …

Centre Space & Keith Brymer-Jones Join Forces To Celebrate Spode Workforce

Keith Brymer-Jones (Great Pottery Throwdown) is working alongside Darren Washington (Centre Space) to produce an instillation to pay homage to the workforce of the Spode site. The instillation is set around a collection of hand thrown ceramic beakers with a special Spode inspired pattern, individually numbered represen …

Call-out for 2019 Stoking Curiosity Festival!

The call-out for the 2019 Stoking Curiosity Festival is open!  Stoking Curiosity is the flagship university–community partnership festival of public engagement with research in the Midlands. The festival will be held at the historic Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent on 22 and 23 November 2019. The festival presen …