Because of the considerable time span covered and the near completeness of the archive this enables unique insight into the history of a world famous factory from the Industrial Revolution to the present, its owners and employees and its relevance to the community in Stoke.
Every single incident that happened here didn’t happen just like that.
Main Entrance Gates to the old Spode factory Spode tureen, cover and ladle, c.1808, 13 inches high and marked SPODE 1166 in red enamel formerly in the collection of the 7th Duke of Newcastle Frontage of the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre The Spode Museum Trust was established by Spode in 1987 as an independent charitable trust, to which Spode donated its collection and archive, in order to protect them in perpetuity against possible future changes in its ownership or commercial fortunes.
The collection and archive span over 200 years from the late 18th Century up to 2008, and includes some 40,000 ceramic items, over 25,000 engraved copper plates from which transfer prints were made for printed ceramic wares, antique factory tools and machines, furniture and moulds and ¼ million Spode and Copeland documents including watercolour paintings of some 70,000 ceramic patterns.
At first, the guy and the girl are scared to kiss, and then they’re scared to go to second base, and then to the third.
Once they get past that, life gets a bit manageable and both of you start to open up with each other.