Movies

1929 Twyfords in the 1920s and 1930s  |  Commentary by the late Jim Gibson






1929 Twyfords Manufacturing film showing firing







1914 - 1930 The Potteries Factory - British Pathe


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1930 Wedgwood in the 1930s

Wedgwood in the 1930s. Film 8225  Huntley Film Archives Smoky. industrial scenes in Stoke on Trent. Wedgwood pottery Factory front with canal. Mill mixing liquid stone. China clay. Throwing on the potters wheel. Shaped on turning wheel. Moulding. In the kiln - very old fashioned looking. Engravings. Glazing hand painting.   Great scenes of placing and firing at about 8mins 20seconds in









1935  The Potters Good Turn 

British Pathe,  Shot of ovens in Longton




1940 - 1949 Pottery

Royal Doulton factory in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent







1940s Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Potteries 

Published on 2 Sep 2015  From the Kinolibrary Archive Film collections.
To order the clip clean and high res or to find out more visit http://www.kinolibrary.com. Clip ref KLR887







1947  Five Towns

Britain on Film. Directed by Terry Bishop. 26 mins. The five towns of the Staffordshire Potteries region are passionately promoted in Terry Bishop’s film, which structures itself around the arrival of an innocent young woman from London, the girlfriend of a factory worker’s son, who’s educated in the glorious heritage of the potteries. As well as lovingly detailing the area’s famed production techniques, the documentary also looks at the challenges of post-war reconstruction in the region.

This is a teaser clip from the film, on YouTube:


For the full film go here> http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-five-towns-1947/

Extracts from the film here:





1948 Potteries 

Visited By Members Of The Anglo-American Productivity Council




1950  Canal scenes in the Potteries 

Beulah_Library_Roll_F3-17. 6mm Kodachrome footage shot in the 1950s of the Trent and Mersey canal in the Potteries. Excellent shots of canal children playing in an industrial landscape.  This footage may be purchased from BEULAH at www.eavb.co.uk   Beulah  Director: Peter Sims  Cinematographer: James Ritchie Camera Assistant: David Watkin





1950s  Potbanks - Staffordshire Film Archive

Shots of Wedgwood factory Etruria, Spode factory Stoke, Twyfords factory Cliffe Vale, Burgess and Leigh factory Middleport, Shelton bar steel works Etruria.




1950s  "Potteries based film"

Opening sequence to a 1950s film set in the Potteries and based on one of the novels by Arnold Bennett.





1952  British Movietone

"Midlands "potteries" town, lorry along road - on wet day - factory chimneys, kilns, grim terraced houses and gas lamps" Scenes from Longton, Penkhull and Burslem in the City of Stoke-on-Trent. Black and white, silent. 4 mins

Additional information from Kevin Salt. "From the 1952 Dirk Bogarde film 'Hunted'. If you've not seen the film, the parts filmed in Stoke-on-Trent begin at 36:10. In the [movietone] video the street scene with lorry beginning at 0:36 is looking down Sutherland Road, Longton. The scene that follows (with the paper boy delivering a newspaper) is Oxford Street, Penkhull. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH1Lh8E-pd4)

Additional information about the scenes here>  https://englishlocalhistory.wordpress.com/staffordshire-history/haunted-film-locations/





1952 Sequences from 'Hunted' starring Dirk Bogarde

These sequences show images of The Potteries. General views of the landscape scattered with Bottle Ovens, views of Honeywall in Penkhull, views of Oxford Street in Penkhull and views of Sutherland Road in Longton.

1st sequence > https://youtu.be/jH1Lh8E-pd4?t=36m7s  36:07 to 36:41



2nd sequence > https://youtu.be/jH1Lh8E-pd4?t=46m51s   -  46:51 to 47:19



3rd sequence > https://youtu.be/jH1Lh8E-pd4?t=49m29s  -   49:29 to 51:19









1952 Opening sequence to the film of  Arnold Bennett's "The Card" 

The Card starring Alec Guiness. Shows firing and smoking bottle ovens.




1959  Stoke on Trent Skyline

Smoking Chimneys, Industrial. Rare colour 35mm film 




1959  Hometown - Stoke

British Pathe. Stoke-on-Trent. Pottery chimneys. Town hall and busy intersection. Town hall of Hanley. Plaque to Arnold Bennett. Burslem Town hall. The square at Tunstall. Monument and park at Fenton. Queen's park at Longton. King's Hall at Stoke.




1961 Phoenix Works

Filmed in 1961.  Phoenix Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, was completed by Thomas Forester in 1881 for his expanding Majolica manufacturing business. It had 6 bottle ovens. 4 subsequently demolished. Towards the end of the film you can see the 4 holes in the roofs which were patched.




1964 The Potteries

When the swinging 60s hit Stoke its teenagers began to dance the twist and, on the surface at least, the city was thriving in the modern era. But this documentary for ATV's Look Around series shows how the six towns that came together fifty years earlier to form Stoke on Trent, are still proud of their separate identities. With this historical backdrop Stoke is trying to modernise and move forward with Hanley as its new civic centre. Images of bottle ovens in this 25 minute film here>

 The Potteries 1964



1975  David Sekers talks about Gladstone Pottery Museum

Scenes from work in a bottle oven and smoking oven chimneys




1978 The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries

Lecture by Alfred Clough. Audio recording. Special one-off event organised by Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent to record the skills required to fire a bottle oven





1990 Kilns and Firing

Kathy Niblett describes the massive changes in firing methods in the pottery industry of Stoke-on-Trent in the 1940s and 50s.

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2012 The Canals and The Potteries

Potteries historian and film maker, Ray Johnson MBE,  joins us to chat to our Skipper Nicola about the impact of the waterways in the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, once of the industrial heartland of England. https://vimeo.com/46352420



2014  Middleport Pottery bottle oven restoration

PRT Project Adviser Harry Wardill explains the work to restore the bottle kiln at Middleport Pottery.





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