Tony Challinor

One of the displays representing ‘The Grand Tour’

Porcelain Garden Pot and Stand

Demonstrator Pauline Dawson, former hand painter at Spode

Porcelain Garden Pot and Stand



Following receipt of a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund and with the support of Stoke on Trent City Council and others, in 2012 the Trust mounted an exhibition, 'Spode Works Visitor Centre', in one of the historic buildings on the old Spode factory site.

This exhibition focuses on the 200 year history of Spode and its products, its importance in the Industrial Revolution and its achievement in making Stoke a centre of worldwide renown. A revolving selection of items from the Spode Collection and Archive is displayed, some of which are being shown to the public for the first time together with themed exhibitions. In addition there are live demonstrations of china painting and printing by some of the highly skilled people who used to work at Spode. Past employees, local people and other members of the public are invited to contribute their memories of Spode into our Oral Heritage archive, and their recorded stories are being built up to become part of the exhibition.

The Visitor Centre is open with new displays and exhibits for 2016.  Further  information and regular updates can be found on our sister website:


Bone china Claw footed "beakers” in two sizes

The Visitor Centre Shops sells antique and vintage Spode and Copeland ceramics and high quality art prints reproduced from the Copper plates in the Spode Museum Trust archives