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Heritage Open Days 2021

HODs LogoHeritage Network LogoEvery year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it's all FREE. This year Heritage Open Days returned with a 10-day festival from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September. The national theme was 'Edible England'.

Thirty-five separate events covered tall 10 days of the festival, which was a great success, especially following much uncertainty over Covid restrictions. In all, we calculated 10,884 visits, including over 8,000 to Edible England-themed events and over 3,000 visits to bottle oven sites.

Many thanks to members of the Heritage Network for Stoke-on-Trent for all their hard work organising events. Cemetery (Photographs by Andy Perkin unless otherwise stated)

Speakers Corner

Danny Callaghan at Speakers' Corner

The Firing Line at the Secret Museum

The Firing Line at the Secret Museum

Penny Farthings at Hanley Park

Penny Farthings at Hanley Park Open Day

The Cavalry arrives at Hanley Park Open Day

The Cavalry arrives at Hanley Park Open Day

 Biking to Bottle Ovens - Briefing at Dudson Museum

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Briefing at Dudson Museum

 Biking to Bottle Ovens - Setting off from Dudson Museum

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Setting off from Dudson Museum

 Biking to Bottle Ovens - Arriving at Moorland Pottery

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Arriving at Moorland Pottery

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Jon Plant welcomes the bikers to Moorland Pottery

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Jon Plant welcomes the bikers to Moorland Pottery

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Kim Thompson welcomes the bikers to Moorcroft

Biking to Bottle Ovens - Jon Plant welcomes the bikers to Moorland Pottery

Andy Perkin at the Phoenix Works Open Day

Andy Perkin at the Phoenix Works Open Day (Photo: Terry Woolliscroft)

Hidden tunnels projected on the firing chamber walls at the Phoenix Works

Hidden tunnels projected on the firing chamber walls at the Phoenix Works (Photo: Terry Woolliscroft)

Mirrors and lights reveal the hidden tunnels at the Phoenix Works

Mirrors and lights reveal the hidden tunnels at the Phoenix Works (Photo: Phil Rowley)

 Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - Tunstall Town Hall

Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - Tunstall Town Hall

Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - The Clock Tower

Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - The Clock Tower

 Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - Debating the future of the Baths

Exploring A R Wood's Tunstall - Debating the future of the Baths

 Walking to Bottle Ovens in Hanley - Etruria Industrial Museum

Walking to Bottle Ovens in Hanley - Etruria Industrial Museum

The Shirleys of Etruria - Setting off past the ball mill

The Shirleys of Etruria - Setting off past the ball mill

 

The Shirleys of Etruria - The Shirley Memorial in Etruria Park

The Shirleys of Etruria - The Shirley Memorial in Etruria Park

 

The Shirleys of Etruria - The Shirley graves in Hanley Cemetery

The Shirleys of Etruria - The Shirley graves in Hanley Cemetery

Walking to Bottle Ovens in Stoke - Inside the Heron Cross hovel

Walking to Bottle Ovens in Stoke - Inside the Heron Cross hovel 

Walking to Bottle Ovens in Stoke - James Kent's Fountain Works in Fenton

Walking to Bottle Ovens in Stoke - James Kent's Fountain Works in Fenton

 Exploring Longton's Heritage - Tams' Crown Pottery on The Strand

Exploring Longton's Heritage - Tams' Crown Pottery on The Strand

 Exploring Longton's Heritage - Minkstone Work's updraught skeleton bottle oven

Exploring Longton's Heritage - Minkstone Work's updraught skeleton bottle oven

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The calcining kiln in Heath's Passage

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The calcining kiln in Heath's Passage

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The Memory Exhibition at the Enson Works (CoRE)

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The Memory Exhibition at the Enson Works (CoRE)

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The group meet with Nerys Williams outside the Gladstone Pottery Museum

Exploring Longton's Heritage - The group meet with Nerys Williams outside the Gladstone Pottery Museum 

Exploring Longton's Heritage - Discussing regeneration programmes with Zoe Sutherland

Exploring Longton's Heritage - Discussing regeneration programmes with Zoe Sutherland 

The Deployment Centre at Chatterley Whitfield

The Deployment Centre at Chatterley Whitfield

The tour passes the Old Power House at Chatterley Whitfield

The tour passes the Old Power House at Chatterley Whitfield

The Winstanley Headgear at Chatterley Whitfield

The Winstanley Headgear at Chatterley Whitfield

The underground reconstruction exhibit at Chatterley Whitfield

The underground reconstruction exhibit at Chatterley Whitfield

The Bakers Choir at the People's Port of Burslem

The Bakers Choir at the People's Port of Burslem

70 Bottle Oven Facts posters saved for next year, together with over 200 reclaimed cable ties

70 Bottle Oven Facts posters saved for next year, together with over 200 reclaimed cable ties

     
     

HODs Landscape (embellished)