• Discover the unique assembly of architecture, museums and galleries that bears testament to the entrepreneurship of the Industrial Revolution
• Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the world’s oldest iron bridge, and the mills and workers’ housing of the Derwent Valley, which were to become the model for factories throughout the world
• Study the rich history of the ceramics industry in the area, with visits to the Gladstone Pottery Museum and Emma Bridgewater Factory
Ian Cox, BA, MA, Cert Ed.
specialist in art history and decorative arts
Tour assembles 1745 at Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Stoke for four nights. Introductory lecture (held in Josiah Wedgwood’s house).
Morning: excursion to Ironbridge (toll booth and bridge) and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Afternoon: Jackfield Tile Museum, Blists Hill (reconstructed Victorian town) and Etruria Industrial Museum.
Morning: excursion to Cheddleton Flint Mill, National Stone Centre (four limestone kilns, six disused quarries and 120 lead mine shafts). Afternoon: Cromford model village (world’s first workers’ housing) and Arkwright’s first textile mill (built after his invention of the water-powered spinning frame). Evening lecture: Victorian Ceramics – Innovation & Style at Willersley Castle.
Morning: tour of Emma Bridgewater Factory (working pottery showcasing traditional skills and craftsmanship). Afternoon: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (early Greek, Roman and Chinese pottery; important 18th and 19th century collections relating to illustrious Staffordshire firms including Wedgwood, Spode, Minton and Doulton).
Morning: tour of Gladstone Pottery (last complete Victorian pottery factory in Britain, with displays of ceramic techniques). Tour disperses 1230 at hotel.
30 Aug — 3 Sep 2019
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Cost of £895 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £80.