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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Science & Industry Collection
The collections consist of the machinery and other material associated with bone and flint milling.
The two principal industrial exhibits are the beam engine 'Princess' (c.1820), and the associated Cornish boiler of about 1903, fitted as a replacement of the original Cornish boiler in 1989.
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Location Details

Etruria Industrial Museum
Lower Bedford Street Etruria Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7AF
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01782 233 144
01782 233 145 
Building Information
Grade II*. The mill was established in 1856 by Jesse Shirley for the purpose of grinding cattle bones in large 'pans' for use in the pottery industry. It went out of business in 1972, and was subsequently restored to working order by volunteers and by the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, opening to the public in 1990.
Collections Overview
The collection is essentially the building itself and the machinery and equipment that is integral to it. These are essentially the beam engine and its associated boiler, and the grinding pans on the upper floor, in which the bones were ground in water before being released to settling arks for drying.
Display Overview
The presentation is that of a working industrial process.
Star Objects
"Princess" beam engine The Etruscan Bone and flint mill
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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