Exhibitions and Events

The Heritage Centre has an ongoing programme of exhibitions and events during 2020

Spode and Copeland Workers Photo Archive

After extensive cataloguing the Trust is delighted to announce that its archive of worker photographs is now in place.  The Trust invites all ex-workers of Spode or Copelands to come and see the display on Saturday 14th March.

There will be free refreshments for any ex-workers and their families.  If you have any other old photographs of your time at the factory please bring them along so that they can be added to the 750 already on display.  (They will be copied and your originals handed straight back).  

The Daniel Ceramic Circle Exhibition - March 2020 to December 2021

The Daniel Ceramic Circle is staging an exhibition of Daniel porcelain demonstrating Henry Daniel’s contribution to the Spode story and marking the 250th Anniversary of Spode.  This is the first time a collection of Daniel   wares will be seen in public. The Exhibition is being held in the Daniel Room which currently houses examples of Spode and Copeland porcelain decorated with a botanical theme.

The DCC will continue the theme of botanical and flower painting, highlighting the gilding, with emphasis on the early shapes of Daniel wares after Henry set up his own business.

The Exhibition will run from March 2020 until December and admission is free. 


Transfer Printing Demonstrations


                Cynny and Angela                              demonstrating their                              transfer printing skills               every Sunday 

Flower Making Demonstrations


Master flower maker, Rita Floyd will be demonstrating the Heritage Centre, dates to be advised.  

Creator of the Spode Rose and local artist, Rita has been making ceramic flowers since the early 1970s.  Watch her magic hands turn clay into beautiful flowers. 


Spode's Botanical Patterns

The exhibition is appropriately held in the Daniel Room, named after Henry Daniel, an enameller, colourist and manager, who, from c.1805, ran the factory decorating shop, having at his call, some of the finest flower painters of the day. 

Copies of some of the original pattern book pages with superb watercolour flower paintings are seen alongside amazing wall plaques and hand painted and printed ceramic pieces from the Georgian and Victorian period right through to the late 20th century. 

Marvel at the extraordinary beauty of floral subjects created in the heart of  the smoke-filled atmosphere of 19th century Stoke-upon- Trent.