The Spode Museum is in Danger The Spode Museum is presently located in Church Street, Stoke on Trent, England, on the site where for over 200 years Spode Ltd. has produced some of the finest ceramics ever made.
It houses an unparalleled collection of Spode's early ceramics, as well as an extensive archive of pattern books, documents and copperplates going back to the 18th Century. Much of the china collection dates from Spode's "Golden Age" of 1800-1830. All these contents are owned by a Trust and are therefore protected.
However, for economic reasons, Spode Ltd. has recently put this factory site up for sale and there is a danger that the buildings in which the Museum contents are currently housed will, despite their historical importance, either be demolished or put to alternative use, in which case this great collection will be without a home. In addition, whilst Spode Ltd. has supported the Museum financially in the past, this financial support is highly unlikely to be forthcoming in 2007.
The Friends A number of people have now come together to form the Friends of the Spode Museum, which will become a Registered Charity as soon as it qualifies. Our immediate aim is urgently to raise the funds necessary to ensure the continuance of the Museum on its present site, initially for 2007.
We need your help The next few pages of this website gives just a very small glimpse of the history and contents of the Spode museum, which has hitherto been freely available for the public to visit. If you would like to support us, or find out more about us or the Museum, please look at the How to Help and Contact Us pages. We would love to hear from you.