Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The Midlands & the Marches

For a thorough overview of the Potteries area's history, this museum and gallery houses an extensive ceramics display, from Toby jugs and jasperware to outrageous ornamental pieces. Other highlights include treasures from the 2009-discovered Staffordshire Hoard (the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, incorporating 5.1kg of gold, 1.4kg of silver and some 3500 pieces of jewellery); displays on the WWII Spitfire, created by the Stoke-born aviator Reginald Mitchell; and artworks by TS Lowry and Sir Henry Moore.

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3. Ancient High House

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4. Stafford Castle

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5. Shugborough

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6. Poole's Cavern

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7. Pavilion Gardens

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8. Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

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