A Story of Making a History of England at Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery

This inspirational story has hit the headlines this week and we are so thrilled for Simply member & historic gem Middleport Pottery in Burslem, Staffordshire.

Middleport Pottery has made it into the Tristram Hunt’s Top 10 Trade, Industry & Commerce places that help tell a history of England in 100 places. Here is what Middleport said this week:

Middleport Pottery, known as the “Model Pottery” of the Staffordshire industry because it was so cleverly designed to streamline the production process, the home of Morris Motors in Oxford, Cromford Mills which is home to the first water-powered cotton spinning wheel, and an ancient brewhouse are among ten places chosen today by Tristram Hunt, for Historic England’s campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, sponsored by specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical.

The campaign aims to find the 100 places that bring to life England’s rich and extraordinary history.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A has judged the Industry, Trade & Commerce category and is one of a panel of expert judges, including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. Each judge has been tasked with choosing their top ten places in a range of different categories, from a long list of public nominations.

Historic England received 799 public nominations for the Industry, Trade & Commerce category- the highest received in any category.

Sarah Nadin, Marketing Manager said “We’re delighted to have been chosen. Pioneer manufactures Burgess and Leigh set a new standard for ceramic production when Middleport Pottery was built in 1888. Middleport Pottery has changed little in 130 years with many Victorian processes still being used today by Burleigh Pottery. Tours of the factory offer visitors the opportunity to see many of these unchanged skills.”

Middleport today is an eclectic and creative mix of gorgeous independent business studios, a lovely cafe with seating looking out over the canal, home to the Great British Throwdown and home to Burleigh Pottery. You can enjoy factory tours and experience the old skills still in use today. Middleport also host a huge range of events and activities from ceramics for the young to beer festivals (listed on our Events page).