Welcome to the Burslem History Club

From October 2021, the Burslem History Club meets every second Tuesday in the month at the Burslem Scout Hut, Baddeley Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
The doors open at 7pm, the talks start at 8pm.
From November 2021 admission is £3.00.
Children from the age of 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming Talks

Nov 9th, 2021 – Philip Astley & Me – The Story of Resurrecting the Creator of the Modern Circus – Speaker: Andrew Van Buren

Dec 14th, 2021 – Clarice Cliff & her bizarre girls – Speaker: Steve Booth

About us

Burslem History Club was founded in 2000 and met for its monthly gatherings at the Saggar Makers pub in Market Place, Burslem, then to the nearby Leopard, prior to moving to its present base, the Burslem Scout Hut.
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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