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Staffordshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Staffordshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Staffordshire Museums and Galleries

Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire,WS14 9PY
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Exhibits include uniforms, badges and weapons from pistols to machine guns.

There are relics from the Sikh Wars, the Crimea, Indian Mutiny, Zulu War, Egypt, Sudan, South Africa and both World Wars.

The medals display includes eight of the thirteen VCs awarded to men of the regiment.

On sale: Band records, souvenirs etc.
Tel: 01543 434394 or 01543 434395    Fax: 01543 434391
E-mail: curator@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com
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blank tabTHE POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW

Free admission This award winning museum contains the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. Impressive displays of local geology, wildlife, archaeology and social history. Spitfire Mk XVI. Rich collections of fine and decorative art. Lively programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
Tel: 01782 232323    Fax: 01782 232500
E-mail: museums@stoke.gov.uk
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blank tabGLADSTONE POTTERY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 1PQ

Free coach and car park. Prices are subject to change. Special discounts are available for pre-booked groups. Go back in time at Gladstone Pottery Museum, the only complete Victorian Pottery, with its cobbled yard, original workshops and large bottle ovens. Have a go at throwing a pot or making a china flower. Great fun for children of all ages.
Tel: 01782 237777    Fax: 01782 598640
E-mail: gladstone@stoke.gov.uk
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blank tabFORD GREEN HALLMuseums & Galleries
Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1NG

Under 5's and wheelchair users FREE. Free car park. Home to the ford family for nearly 200 years, Ford Green Hall is a 17th Century, timber framed farmhouse complete with period garden, award winning museum, the hall offers visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the 17th Century. The rooms are furnished with a outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture. Family friendly displays, Childrens parties, Licensed for Civil weddings and baby naming ceremonies.
Tel: 01782 233195    Fax: 01782 233194
E-mail: ford.green.hall@stoke.gov.uk
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blank tabMUSEUM OF CANNOCK CHASEMuseums & Galleries
Valley Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD

This museum illustrates the rich social and industrial heritage of the area, from medieval hunting forest to coal field community, reflecting the social and domestic life of times past. The new Toys Gallery has a collection of toys from the Victorian era right up to present day, including lots to do for kids of all ages. Enter the Coal Face gallery to discover the harsh working conditions of a coal miner. Temporary exhibitions and a full events diary ensure that there is always something new to see or do. Due to a recent refurbishment we now have a local history gallery which tells the story of the Cannock Chase area. The museum is part of the heritage lottery funded Cannock Chase heritage trail.
Tel: 01543 877666    Fax: 01543 428272
E-mail: museum@cannockchasedc.gov.uk
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blank tabSHIRE HALL GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Market Square, Stafford, ST16 2LD

The largest venue in Staffordshire dedicated to visual arts and crafts in a fascinating Grade II listed building. Ever changing exhibition programme. The Gallery has a multisensory room allowing visitors to experience different light, sound and tactile sensations. FREE to all visitors. Our Craft shop is so good we are listed on the national register. Many villain were sent down in our Historic Court Room! Level access (street) to the main exhibition spaces. Chairlift: Court Room and Coffee Shop (limited access). Accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities. Sorry wheelchair access to the Gallery only. Induction loop system (main gallery).. Guide/hearing dogs welcome.
Tel: 01785 278345    Minicom: 01785 278345
E-mail: shirehallgallery@staffordshire.gov.uk
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Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LG
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Discover the life and times of Dr. Johnson, England's greatest man of letters and celebrated wit.

His birthplace houses five floors of exhibits including his famous dictionary, period room settings and an introductory video. Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the large, imposing house which overlooks Market Square, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784.

Visitors are taken through the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield's most famous son, from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success.

Our growing calendar of special events means that visitors can come again and again to see the wonderful house in a variety of guises throughout the year!
Tel: 01543 264972    Fax: 01543 258441
E-mail: sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk
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blank tabBRINDLEY WATER MILLMuseums & Galleries
Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8HA

The Mill contains a small Museum which is designed to enhance the interest of your visit. While preserving the atmosphere of a working corn mill, it illustrates the life and work of James Brindley and the history of milling. Traditional tools associated with milling and the work of the millwright are to be seen, and of James Brindley's own possessions, we have one of his notebooks and a surveyor's level, which was his principal tool in planning the canals which were basic to the industrialisation of the country. Please contact for Opening Times.

blank tabThe Reginald Mitchell GalleryMuseums & Galleries
Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW
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The Reginald Mitchell gallery at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is dedicated to the achievements of this locally born aircraft designer and features an example of his most famous designs - the impressive Spitfire.

Sadly, Reginald Mitchell died in 1937 at the age of 42 having seen only one example of the fighter completed but knowing that 300 more were on order for the RAF.
Tel: 01782 232323    Fax: 01782 232500
E-mail: museums@stoke.gov.uk
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Lichfield Heritage Centre

St. Marys Centre, Market Square, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LG
Tel: 01543 256611    Fax: 01543 414749
E-mail: smc@lichfieldheritage.org.uk

The new exhibition gives a vivid account of 2000 years of Lichfield's history. Fine examples of the city's silver, ancient Charters and archives, and an extensive collection of photographs of 19th and 20th Century Lichfield. The spire's viewing platform offers spectacular panoramic views. The Staffordshire Millennium Tapestries on display within new gallery. Plus just for the children - fun & learning along "The Mouse Trail".

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The National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
Tel: 01283 792333    Fax: 01283 792034
: nmarboretum@btconnect.com

The National Memorial Arboretum is being created in tribute to the people of the twentieth century for future generations to enjoy. It consists of a varied collection of trees and memorial plots, as well as riverside walks and Britains only Millennium Chapel.

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The New Art Gallery Walsall

Gallery Square, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 8LG
Tel: 01922 654400    Fax: 01922 654401
E-mail: info@artatwalsall.org.uk

The New Art Gallery Walsall is a rare example of a new building for the millennial arts with changing exhibitions. On permanent display is the Garman Ryan Collection and includes works by well-known artists, Sir Jacob Epstein, Monet, Rembrandt, Constable, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Discovery Gallery, Parent & Baby room.

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Coors Visitor Centre & The Museum of Brewing

Horninglow Street, Burton-upon-Trent
Tel: 0845 6000598

Step back in time and appreciate classic vehicles and the art of brewing. Take back souvenirs from the gift shop or relax in the cafe/restaurant. Can be booked for conferences, weddings and celebrations also.

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The Dudson Museum

The Dudson Centre, Hope St, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5DD
Tel: 01782 285286     E-mail: dudsonmuseum@vast.org.u

Exhibition of 200 year old family tableware pottery. Visit the bottle kiln, and see exhibits of Dudson pottery including figurines, jasperware, stoneware and hotelware. Caf and shop on site.

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Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre

Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 2DQ
Tel: 01782 207943    E-mail: shop@moorcroft.com

Browse the unique collection of finely made pottery by talented craftsmen. Take factory tours to experience first hand how such art is made or purchase fine pottery for your home.

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