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Saving of Middleport Pottery celebrated at Ideal Home Show

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s (PRT’s) celebrity ambassadors are helping the charity promote the newly-restored Middleport Pottery at the Ideal Home Show 2015.

The Grand Hall Tea Room will be dedicated to Middleport Pottery, the home of world-famous Burleigh ware and one of the last-surviving Victorian potteries in the UK.

The room will be launched this Friday (March 20) by PRT and its partner Burleigh. It will be available to visit for 17 days at the Ideal Home Show in Kensington Olympia, west London.

This is the first time PRT has been present at the Ideal Home Show.  

The charity stepped in to buy and save Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent in June 2011. It then embarked on a £9 million, three-year project to regenerate the site, which is now a major visitor destination.

“It’s thanks to The Prince’s Regeneration Trust that visitors to the Grand Hall Tea Room will be sipping their tea from British-made Burleigh china,” said Kirstie presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location.   

“Middleport Pottery is a wonderful example of English industrial heritage, and one of the few places where traditional handmade ceramic craftsmanship is kept alive.”

Steven Moore, the ceramics expert on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow and a PRT ambassador, will be speaking at Friday morning’s launch event.

He said: "The story of Middleport Pottery and the Burleigh ware it creates is the story of all our tea times."

Also speaking will be Steven’s fellow PRT ambassador, architect and star of Channel 4’s Restoration Man, George Clarke.

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PRT Ideal Home Show press release