Nestled in the heart of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, the world-renowned centre of ceramics, Middleport Pottery's historic site was built in 1888 for well-known local ceramics company, Burgess & Leigh Limited. The Grade II* listed site is a red-brick maze, containing historic machinery, archives and collections in every corner.
In June 2011, The Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT) stepped in to save Middleport Pottery from closure and to ensure that Burleigh stayed in Burslem. After buying the Pottery, PRT embarked on a £9 million, three-year project to regenerate and revitalise the site and has leased approximately half of it back to Burgess & Leigh for pottery production. As a result, 50 jobs have been saved at Middleport Pottery and a further 66 created have been since 2011.
In June 2014, HRH The Prince of Wales, President of PRT, opened the refurbished Middleport Pottery, containing the Burleigh factory, a visitor centre, cafe, shop, activity areas and workshops and offices for creative businesses. The Pottery is now a major visitor destination and has won eight awards, including a RIBA National Award and a Europa Nostra Award, since it opened.