Forgotten potteries of South Yorkshire

Published Friday, 6th May 2016
Ceramics exhibition
Assistant Collections Officer Jenna Moughton at the Museum's ceramics exhibition

Find out more about the fascinating history of Rotherham’s “forgotten” potteries, with two new exhibitions.

Visitors to Riverside House can discover more about South Yorkshire ceramic collections, in particular some of the forgotten potteries of Rotherham and the Dearne Valley.

Ceramics highlighted include pieces from the famous Swinton and Rockingham Potteries, the Don Pottery and the Twigg and Holmes Potteries. Find out about the people behind these successful potteries, and what influenced the wares that they produced.

Meanwhile, at Clifton Park Museum's ceramics gallery, there is a chance to discover more about production processes at the famous Swinton Pottery.

The story of the Pottery is told through the eyes of George, a 14 year old potter’s apprentice who worked for the Bramelds of Swinton in the early 1800s.

Explore the ceramics and other objects on display to find out what it would have been like to work in a local pottery.

Both exhibitions, hosted by Rotherham Council’s Heritage Services, are now open to the public during Riverside House and Clifton Park Museum opening hours.

The exhibitions are supported by Rotherham Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership. 

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