A book documenting the rich oral histories of people who worked at or lived near Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent has been produced by The Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT).
Middleport Memories is a series of fond recollections of working life at the home of Burleigh pottery in days gone by, including accounts that are both amusing and moving.
The subjects of the book were either those who worked at the Pottery’s Burgess & Leigh (Burleigh) factory or who lived nearby in Burslem.
The culmination of two years of work, the making of the book formed part of the Middleport Pottery Oral Histories Project involving PRT, Staffordshire University and the Unity Foundation, a Staffordshire-based social enterprise that helps disadvantaged young people.
The project was funded by the Halcrow Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes a forward by our Founder, HRH The Prince of Wales.
Ros Kerslake, PRT Chief Executive, said: “These oral histories are extremely valuable in providing a living link with the past and strengthening our understanding of Middleport Pottery’s rich history.
“They also highlight the huge impact that the factory has had on the local community in Burslem over generations.”
A short film to accompany the book, showing interviews with some of the book’s participants, can be viewed here.