Ceramic City Stories is focussed on local, national and international shared stories relating to Stoke-on-Trent, England. The Potteries is the home of ceramic giants Wedgwood, Minton and Spode as well as a many other large and small manufacturers. Their combined production spans more than three centuries and includes plates, cups, vases, tiles, bricks, sanitary ware and heavy clay products (chimneys and pipes). The city is much more than just the heroic story of 'coal and clay' of course. 'Potters' (people from Stoke-on-Trent) are proud of this unique city and its federated 'six towns': Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton, Longton.
The city has been hit hard by the decline of its traditional core industries. However, it is beginning to find its feet again through the combined efforts of grass-roots activists and a number of flagship renewal projects. There have been some encouraging signs of cultural and economic renewal in more recent years. As this momentum sustains and grows - the challenge will be how to ensure that local people benefit.
People make a city. Ceramic City Stories is an eclectic mix of research, projects and other activities that offer opportunities for local people to explore and share stories about their lives and this city.
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