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Do you have an event coming up at your school or in your community? Maybe we have some relevant archive recordings that we can bring along to share with your group or help with your project. Get in touch, and let’s find out.



Exhibition: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery - UPDATE

UPDATE (8th November 2018)

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW

Our audio-visual display now features historic recordings of memories of WW1 from Potteries people who experienced it for themselves. Why not pop in to the Museum, take a seat, and hear all about it from those who were there. Running time approx 45 mins, on continuous repeat.


Exhibition: Revealing Voices creating the Arthur Wood Collection - Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 

Saturday 16th March - December 2018

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW

Opening in Radio Stoke's 50th Anniversary week, Revealing Voices presents an exhibition of excerpts of archive recordings from the Arthur Wood Collection with AV productions by our work experience students, information about the Revealing Voices project itself, associated work by our Young Artist In Residence, poet Matilda Houston-Brown, and items associated with Arthur Wood's time as Education Producer at Radio Stoke throughout the 1970s and 80s.

The exhibition is on display from March-December 2018 in the ground-floor gallery space between the Spitfire and Social History. The AV productions will change periodically throughout the exhibition - please come back to hear more.

We acknowledge with sincere gratitude the loan of items by friends and colleagues of Arthur Wood, and the support of the professionals, volunteers, project partners and supporters who have contributed to the staging of this exhibition; funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund; and support from BBC Radio Stoke.




BBC Radio Stoke, Remembrance Day 2018 - extract from interview with Mr Ted Averill recorded late 1960s or early 70s

Sunday 11th November 2018, approx. 8.47 a.m.

BBC Radio Stoke

On Remembrance Day 2018, Radio Stoke re-broadcast an extract from an interview with Mr Ted Averill, telegrapher in WW1, recalling his unique perspective on the end of hostilities in 2018.

The recording was recently rediscovered and digitised as part of the Revealing Voices project.

The clip was featured in Tim Wedgwood's Remembrance Day show and can be heard online until 10th December 2018, at:

The extract is about 1:47:22 in to the programme.



Heritage Open Days - Stories from Historic Narrowboats 

Thursday 13th September 2018, 6.00 - 8.30 pm

The Warehouse, Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Following last year's very popular event, Potteries Heritage Society and Etruria Boat Group are again working together to co-ordinate this event which combines a visit to historic narrowboats and a presentation of audio archives. Climb aboard Keppel and Lindsay from 6pm at Etruria Junction and join us for tea, cake and an audio treat in the Canal Warehouse at 7pm.
This year we will be highlighting the lives of the extraordinary working boat women who spent long days - often without pay - in the canal haulage trade together with their families.



The Revealing Voices Speakeasy: presentation of the Arthur Wood Collection to Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

Thursday 28th June 2018, 7.00 pm

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW

As the Revealing Voices project draws to a close, we celebrate all that it has achieved, hear from our artists-in-residence and present the complete digitised and catalogued Arthur Wood Collection to Stoke-on-Trent City Archives.


Stories from Historic Narrowboats at Etruria Canals Festival

Saturday 2nd June 2018, 7.30 pm

The Warehouse, Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Andy Perkin presents archive recordings of people who lived and worked on the canals in the earlier 20th century, vividly recalling a way of life that is now beyond living memory.



Matilda Houston-Brown brings Revealing Voices to Endon Well-Dressing

Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th May, Sunday 27th May and Monday 28th May 2018, 1.00 - 7.30 pm daily

The Arts Marquee, Endon Well-Dressing show ground, Endon village centre, Stoke-on-Trent

Revealing Voices Junior Artist-in-Residence Matilda Houston-Brown was Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate in 2015-16. Matilda will share a selection of her favourite recordings from the Revealing Voices project, includng some with Endon relevance, at her poetry workshop table in the Arts Marquee on all three days of Endon Well-Dressing. Join Matilda to hear some highlights from the project, read Matilda's poems inspired by the voices in the collection, and maybe even have a go at capturing some memoirs and writing some poetic words of your own!


Revealing Voices at Spitfires and Oatcakes - Goldenhill

25th April 2018, 1.00-4.30

Goldenhill Out And About Club

The Vintage Volunteers invite Andy Perkin to present a range of archive recordings of local speakers, rediscovered by the Revealing Voices project. (Members only.)



Revealing Voices at Spitfires and Oatcakes - Fenton

24th April 2018, 10.30-2.30

The Hub, Fenton

The Vintage Volunteers invite Andy Perkin to present a range of archive recordings of local speakers, rediscovered by the Revealing Voices project. (Members only.)



BBC Radio Stoke 50th Anniversary broadcasts: Who We Are series

Monday 12th March - Sunday 18th 2018

BBC Radio Stoke

To mark its 50th anniversary on 15th March 2018, BBC Radio Stoke broadcast Who We Are, a series of programmes drawing on audio archives, presented by Nick Hancock.

Revealing Voices is delighted to have been able to provide a number of archive recordings dating from the 1960s, 70s and 80s from the Arthur Wood Collection for inclusion in the programmes.



Canal memories - Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club members' meeting 

Saturday 24th February 2018,  7.30 p.m. 

Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club, Post Lane Endon, Stoke-on-Trent

Excerpts of historic recordings from the Revealing Voices project relating to canals, especially the Caldon. (Members-only evening.)



BBC Local Radio 50th Anniversary Symposium - MeCCSA

Saturday 18th November 2017,  9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. 

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

Revealing Voices has been invited to showcase the project at this one-day academic symposium to mark the 50th Anniversary of the launch of BBC Local Radio, presented by the Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster with support from the Radio Studies Network /MeCCSA.

In 1967, an important milestone in radio history was laid down. The BBC, after much deliberation and research, began to build a network of local radio stations across England. Notwithstanding its ambivalent relationship with the ‘nations and regions’ service, the BBC has, through its local broadcasting provision, made a profound contribution to the radio ecology of the UK. Indeed, BBC Local Radio continues to be a significant feature of the contemporary media landscape in serving local audiences in the 21st century.

The symposium includes panel discussions and papers, covering a range of subjects.

Tickets for the symposium (£25) are available from:



John Levitt Lecture

Saturday 18th November 2017,  2.00 p.m. 

Westminster Theatre, University of Keele, Keele, Newcastle ST5 5BG

The Levitt lecture was established in memory of the late John Levitt, adult-education tutor organiser in English at Keele who taught extensively on Old English language, literature and history, and worked regularly with Arthur Wood on programmes for Radio Stoke about local dialect and language.  

This year’s Levitt lecture will be given by historian and filmmaker Michael Wood. His title is  ‘Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter – Athelstan and the Making of England.’ The  Levitt lecture is always FREE and open to all with an interest in study. Booking is not necessary, but further details may be had from Dr Philip Morgan

Revealing Voices is pleased to be able provide an audio excerpt from "In A Manner of Speaking" (1980), in which John Levitt talks about North Staffordshire dialect. The recording will be shared with the audience before this year's Levitt lecture.


Reginald Haggar Lecture

Friday 17th November 2017,  2.00 p.m. 

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW

The Haggar lecture was established in memory of the late Reginald Haggar as testament to his great influence as a teacher, lecturer, artist and designer. 

Simon Thurley gives the Reginald Haggar Memorial Lecture 2017

Fertility, Fire and Ferocity: the Transformation of English Architecture 1520-1920 

Dr Simon Thurley, former chief executive of English Heritage, and known for his many books and television series on architecture, archaeology and heritage, looks at a sustaining theme through four centuries of English architecture.

 Admission free, all welcome

Revealing Voices is pleased to be able provide an audio excerpt from "The Way We Were" (1980), in which Reginald Haggar talks about the changing North Staffordshire built environment. The recording will be shared with the audience before this year's Haggar lecture.


BBC Radio Stoke Remembrance Day broadcast - extracts from The Great War: Mr Bill Yeats and Mr H.V. Scott (recorded 1968)

Sunday 12th November 2017, approx. 11.05 a.m.

BBC Radio Stoke

On Remembrance Day 2017, Radio Stoke re-broadcast extracts from "The Great War", a programme from 1968 that included interviews with Potteries veterans of the First World War. The recording was recently rediscovered and digitised as part of the Revealing Voices project.

The speakers in these archive extracts were Mr Bill Yeats, who lived at Mynors Street, Hanley, and Mr H.V. Scott of Thistleberry Avenue, Newcastle, both recorded in 1968. 

The clips were featured in the Stuart Ellis and Jodie Looker show, just after the two-minute silence. 

It can be heard online until 13th December 2017, at:

The extracts are about 2:05:00 in to the programme.


Burslem History Club - Elise Turner: "Voices of North Staffordshire"

Wednesday 8th November 2017, doors open at 7 p.m., talk begins at 8 p.m.

Arnold Bennett Suite at the Leopard Hotel, Market Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3AA

Elise Turner, Development Officer with the Heritage Lottery Fund, talking about recent local audio archive projects funded by the HLF, including excerpts from Revealing Voices.

Admission is £1.50 for members & £2.50 for non-members.

Children from the age of 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Further details available from:


Maids Moreton Conservation Group post-meeting talk - Jane Wood: "Revealing Voices of World War 1"

Wednesday 18th October 2017, meeting begins at 7.30 p.m., talk begins after main business at approximately 8.30 p.m.

Maids Moreton Village Hall, Main Street, Maids Moreton, Buckingham, MK18 1QR

Jane Wood presents a range of archive recordings in which people recall their personal experiences of WW1. The recordings were made for BBC Radio Stoke in the 1970s and 80s as part of the series "Within Living Memory".  Now that WW1 has slipped "beyond" living memory, the recordings demonstrate the enduring value of recorded oral histories in giving us insight into other times and other lives. 

These fascinating archive recordings have come to light as part of Revealing Voices, a North Staffordshire audio archive project funded by the HLF.

All welcome.


Revealing Voices: Heritage Talk with Andy Perkin - Our Heritage Your Future

Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Port Street, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE

The Revealing Voices project aims to preserve and showcase the original reel-to-reel recordings made in the 1970s and 1980s by former radio producer, jazz musician and canals enthusiast, Arthur Wood. Potteries Heritage Society has received Heritage Lottery Funding to digitise the audio archives, create a searchable catalogue, share them with the community and celebrate 50 years of local radio. Find out how the project is progressing and hear extracts from the archive that chime well with the current photography exhibition at Middleport, Our Heritage, Your Future.

Our Heritage, Your Future is an exhibition of photographic images looking at the rich heritage of the Potteries area, showing how various projects have transformed some of our unique buildings into exciting new facilities and visitor attractions. The exhibition also considers what can be done to save some sites which are still in need of help, to ensure that they too can be enjoyed by future generations.

The images have been taken by Janey Devine FRPS, a photographer based in the south of England. She regularly exhibits her work, and is a member of two prestigious photographic groups in the south – The Focus Group and Arena.

Contact Middleport Pottery at:    01782 499766


Heritage Open Days - BBC Radio Stoke Open Day

Saturday 9th September 2017, 10.00 a.m. -2.00 p.m.

BBC Radio Stoke, 42 Cheapside, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1JJ

See what happens around the scenes at BBC Radio Stoke with a tour around the studios (booking essential - see Radio Stoke or Heritage Open Days website). There will be an opportunity to hear some excerpts of archive Radio Stoke programmes from the Revealing Voices project.


Heritage Open Days - Stories from Historic Narrowboats

Thursday 6th September 2017, 6.00 p.m.

Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Junction next to Etruria Industrial Museum, Kilndown Close, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB

Potteries Heritage Society is teaming up with Etruria Boat Group to offer this unique event. Join us to explore the historic narrowboats, Keppel and Lindsay from 6 pm and afterwards at 7 pm in the wharf buildings, to listen to excerpts from Arthur Wood's interviews with working boatmen and their families, recorded in the 1970s and 1980s and recently restored by the HLF funded Revealing Voices project.


BBC Radio Stoke broadcast: Arthur Lane, poet, and the Passchendaele anniversary

Monday 31st July 2017, 5.55 p.m.

BBC Radio Stoke

On the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, Radio Stoke re-broadcast “1930”, a poem by a local poet, Arthur Lane, about the impact of Passchendaele on a local man.  This recording was made in 1987, and was rediscovered by the Revealing Voices project. It was from a series in which Roy Fisher, a lecturer at Keele and a poet of national renown, encouraged the local audience to send in their own poems, and then read and appraised the results on air. 

The archive excerpt of Roy Fisher reading Arthur Lane's moving poem was featured on Stuart George's programme, covered by Stuart Ellis on Monday 31st July, 2017.

It can be heard online until 30th August 2017, at:  

The poem reading is 1:54:18 in to the programme.


HAHO World War One Weekend

Sunday 16th July 2017, 2.45 p.m.

Minton Centre, Minton Street, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7NW

Presentation of war-related recordings as part of the Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions WW1 Weekend.


Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Update Newsletter

published June 2017

Staffordshire County Council

Feature on Revealing Voices in county heritage and archives newsletter.


Staffordshire Day - Revealing Voices: Burslem

Monday 1st May 2017, 3 p.m.

Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3EG

Presentation of recordings of memoirs of Burslem in the early decades of the 20th century - the Hippodrome Theatre, Palace Cinema and the Wedgwood Institute itself.


North Staffordshire Historians - Revealing Voices Revealed

Monday 13th February 2017, 7.15 p.m.

Newcastle Community Fire Station , Knutton Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2SL - access to car park off Silverdale Road (restricted numbers - open to members and guests by invitation)

Introducing the Revealing Voices project to the North Staffordshire Historians and showcasing recordings from across the collection.


Welcome to the Time Machine - Launch of Revealing Voices Volunteer Studio

Tuesday 21st February 2017, 7 p.m.

B-Arts, 72 Hartshill Road, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7RB.

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the Revealing Voices Studio.

Professor Ray Johnson MBE, from Staffordshire Film Archive, will talk about the importance of the Arthur Wood Collection. We will be playing samples from the recordings and you will be welcome to look around the volunteer space.

Revealing Voices is a two-year project funded by HLF which will preserve and showcase original reel-to-reel tape recordings from the 1970s and 1980s. These tapes were preserved by Arthur Wood, radio producer, jazz musician and canals enthusiast. The HLF funding is being used to digitalise the collection, and volunteers are now creating the searchable catalogue for use by the public.


Revealing Voices - Launch Event

Saturday 5th November 2016, 2 p.m.

Brampton Museum, Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

You are invited to the launch of Revealing Voices, creating the Arthur Wood Archive.


Revealing Voices Preview: Watlands Park History Group

Wednesday 14th September 2016, 7 p.m.

Wolstanton Methodist Church Hall, 2 Grosvenor Place, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0QP

Previewing a range of Wolstanton-related recordings and testing practicalities of presentations using the project AV equipment