The Potteries Heritage Society is proud to have been a founder member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement:
"Civic Voice works to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We speak up for civic societies and local communities across England. We promote civic pride. We are the national charity for the civic movement and have a strong local presence. We know how people feel about places because we feel the same way."
The Potteries Heritage Society operates within the boundaries of the City of Stoke-on-Trent. Our relationship with our local authority is important to our success and has, on occasion, been used as an example of how civic societies can work in partnership with their local council.
Discover the museums operated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, including The Potteries Museum, Gladstone Working Pottery Museum, Etruria Industrial Museum and Ford Green Hall.
All about bottle ovens - the 2000 iconic buildings which once dominated the landscape of The Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent.
Middleport Matters is a Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to make Middleport a safe, thriving and welcoming place for all. They work towards improving their environment and empowering residents and businesses to create positive change.
Burslem Regeneration Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to make Burslem an even better place for people to live, work, visit and invest in.
Backed by the Trent and Mersey Canal Society and the Stoke-on-Trent Branch of the Inland Waterways Association, and with active support from Renew North Staffordshire and British Waterways, the Burslem Port Project aims to restore the 3/8 mile Burslem Branch Canal. The restoration will also be a major feature in and contributor to, the regeneration of both the Middleport community alongside the canal site and nearby Burslem.
The charity that looks after and brings to life 2,000 miles of waterways, because they believe that life is better by water. Research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier.
Previously known as the Caldon Canal Society, the organisation was formed by enthusiasts in 1963 in response to notices closing the canal after traffic had declined in the 1950s. Volunteers began the restoration works and in 1974 the Caldon Canal was reopened, the Society having been instrumental in bringing about a partnership agreement between Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and British Waterways Board.
Historic England is the national body responsible for heritage protection. Stoke-on-Trent falls within the West Midlands Region of Historic England.
The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) covers both Longton Town Conservation Area and the city’s 50 remaining bottle ovens. It aims to reinvigorate Longton’s town centre through refurbishment of historic buildings and improved heritage interpretation throughout the town.
The Stoke Town HSHAZ project is to run for 4 years (2020 – 2024) and aims to support building owners along the High Street of Stoke Town Centres conservation area with external and internal repairs to their buildings, supporting both retail on the ground floor and conversion to residential units on the upper floors of properties.
Additonal links (including national organisations) can also be found in the Heritage advice section of this website.