• Discover the unique assembly of architecture, museums and galleries that bears testament to the entrepreneurship of the Industrial Revolution
• Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the world’s oldest iron bridge, and the mills and workers’ housing of the Derwent Valley, which were to become the model for factories throughout the world
• Study the rich history of the ceramics industry in the area, with visits to the Gladstone Pottery Museum and Emma Bridgewater Factory
BA, MA, Cert Ed.
specialist in art history and decorative arts
Tour assembles 1745 at the Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Stoke, for four nights. Introductory lecture (held in Josiah Wedgwood’s house).
Morning: excursion to Ironbridge (toll booth and bridge) and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Afternoon: Jackfield Tile Museum and Etruria Industrial Museum.
Morning: excursion to Cheddleton Flint Mill followed by National Stone Centre (four limestone kilns, six disused quarries and 120 lead mine shafts). Afternoon: Middleton Top, Cromford model village (world’s first workers’ housing) and Arkwright’s first textile mill (built after his invention of the water-powered spinning frame).
Morning lecture: Victorian Ceramics – Innovation & Style followed by tour of Emma Bridgewater Factory (working pottery showcasing traditional skills and craftsmanship). Afternoon: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (early Greek, Roman and Chinese pottery; important 18th and 19th century collections relating to illustrious Staffordshire firms including Wedgwood, Spode, Minton and Doulton).
Morning: tour of Gladstone Pottery (last complete Victorian pottery factory in Britain, with displays of ceramic techniques). Tour disperses 1230 at hotel.
6 Aug — 10 Aug 2021
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During the 18th century, ceramic makers in places such as Stoke-on-Trent helped to define the tastes of Georgian England and its new commercial empire. Innovators such as Josiah Wedgwood supplied dinner services to country houses and to the court of Catherine the Great. The Gladstone Pottery, Emma Bridgewater Factory, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Jackfield Tile Museum all shed light on this fascinating industry. We will have the opportunity to see superb displays of ceramics, and to explore some of the processes involved in the development of the area as the world’s leading producer of ceramics in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Cost of £995 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £100.