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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Biology Collection
The biology collection, now numbering about 120,000 objects, evolved from initial collections made by members of the North Staffordshire Field Club in the late 1800s. It focuses on the flora and fauna of Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire County area. This policy to develop the regional significance of the collections means that the Museum has the most comprehensive collection of Staffordshire natural history material anywhere in the world.
Star Item(s)
The collection as a mass is significant.
There are around 15,000 plant and fungi specimens. These include about 6,000 specimens from Eric Edees, the author of the 1972 'Flora of Staffordshire'. The animal specimens number over 100,000 items.
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Viewing the collection
The collections are used for a variety of purposes - scientific, educational, artistic etc. The only condition when wishing to see specimens in store is that it be by prior arrangement and that a Collections Officer be on hand; this effectively limits access to stores to weekdays.

Location Details

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Bethesda Street Hanley Stoke-on-Trent Stoke on Trent Staffordshire ST1 3DE Great Britain (UK)
Open Map
01782 232323
01782 232500 
Visiting Information
1 March 2001 - 31 October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00-17:00, Sunday: 14:00-17:00. 1 November 2001 - 28 February: Monday to Saturday: 10:00-16:00, Sunday: 13:00-16:00.
Building Information
Unlisted. Purpose-built structure of the 1970s.
Collections Overview
The collections cover most aspects of human and natural history. Whilst the museum is naturally best known for its ceramics collections, it is also strong in many other areas, including Biology, Geology, Archaeology and Fine Art.
Display Overview
This is a large multi-disciplinary museum with the range of material that one would expect and exceptional collections in the field of ceramics. There are 'permanent' galleries depicting the geology and wildlife to be found in and around Stoke-on-Trent, the archaeology and community history locally, changing fashions and an art gallery. Presentation uses all current display techniques, including hands-on and multi-media presentations as appropriate.
Star Objects
Mark XVI Spitfire 17th. C. slipware owl jug
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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