A BRIEF HISTORY OF BURSLEM HISTORY CLUB

Burslem History Club was founded in 2000 and met for its monthly gatherings at the Saggar Makers pub in Market Place, Burslem, prior to moving to its present base, the Leopard, a few doors away.
 

Over the years, the Club has sought to educate and entertain patrons by offering a wide range of subjects as diverse as canals, Spode in Stoke, toilets, morris minors, women at war, oatcakes and the social history of the tea towel!  Among the many speakers who have appeared are film historian Ray Johnson, John Potter of the Arnold Bennett Society, Joan Walley MP, mining historian Keith Meeson, former Port Vale Chairman Bill Bratt and the ever-popular Lev Wood.
 
The Club has also been involved in several worthy community projects.  In addition to giving an annual
donation to a worthwhile cause, it was instrumental in having a heritage plaque displayed on the exterior
 of St. John’s church in Burslem, denoting its connections with Josiah Wedgwood. Members also restored  the memorial to John Baskeyfield VC on Swan Bank and John McKenna’s sculpture recalling local industry, situated in Woodbank Street.  The Club has produced one book, Images of England: Burslem.
 
Members have enjoyed numerous day trips to historic sites and attractions, including York, the Black Country 
Museum, Crich Tramway Museum, Liverpool, Nottingham, Chester, Llandudno and the Wedgwood Visitor Centre in Barlaston.
 
Burslem History Club has been very successful in researching and exploring local and national history in an 
inclusive, people-friendly way that continues to attract new members.  A warm welcome is always guaranteed at our gatherings, and many of us extend the evening with an informal get-together and drink afterwards. 








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