Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

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Telephone: 01782 238 420

Fax: 01782 238 499


Open: Wednesday-Friday 9.30-2; From 5 December Friday 9.30-4; From 9 January no onsite access

  • Book in advance
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  • Proof of identity required
  • Readers ticket required

Onsite services at Stoke on Trent City Archives will be temporarily paused to allow them to relocate to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. It will bring together the City’s Archive and Museum collections under one roof for the first time and the archives, local studies and potteries library collections into one purpose-built strongroom

  • Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 9.30-2 From the week beginning 5 December: Friday 9.30-4 From the week beginning 9 January, from which time onsite access is a limited service for statutory legal or other time sensitive requirements, where no digital or remote service is suitable. Each request will be carefully considered by staff against set criteria. If your request meets the criteria for public access their team will arrange an appointment for you. The onsite access will be on Friday mornings
  • The staff will continue to run an enquiry service and are able to signpost to the most suitable resources
  • They will review access on a regular basis and welcome feedback from service users
  • The new reading room in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is due to open later in 2023
  • For further information see the moving website
  • ARCHON code: 1857

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    Collections information

    Businesses (58)

    Organisations (117)

    Families (8)

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (11)

    • NRA 21449 Adams family, potters, North Staffordshire link to online catalogue
    • NRA 22519 Ancient Order of Foresters: Biddulph and Knypersley courts
    • NRA 21447 Ellis Moxon, solicitors, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs: deeds and misc papers
    • NRA 18539 FH Hand, industrialist :papers
    • NRA 26633 Stephen Hobson, trade unionist: papers rel to pottery industry link to online catalogue
    • NRA 21448 Dr Hulme's Educational Foundation
    • NRA 19223 Minton family, china mfrs, Stoke-on-Trent: personal and business papers
    • NRA 36839 Potteries Museum: MS Collection link to online catalogue
    • NRA 4352 Stoke-on-Trent Central Library: misc accessions
    • NRA 22520 Stoke-on-Trent Central Library: school log books
    • NRA 24170 AJ Wilkinson Ltd, earthware mfrs, Burslem link to online catalogue


    These are selected lists of new or additional collections that were acquired by this archive during a specific year. If a date is not displayed there are no accessions for that year.

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