Prince Charles re-opens Middleport Pottery after restoration

Prince Charles has visited Stoke-on-Trent to see the results of a £9 million renovation of the Middleport Pottery factory by his Restoration Trust.

He arrived at the site on a historic canal boat named The Lindsay, which was restored by Etruria Boat Group volunteers.

He was welcomed by workers at the site, the Haywood Academy's band, and local school children.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust stepped in to save Middleport Pottery from closure in June 2011.

As the UK’s last working Victorian pottery,it has been home to world-renowned Burleigh ware for 125 years. 

The restoration project involved conserving historical buildings and collections, as well as creating new facilities for visitors such as an exhibition gallery, a shop and a canalside café, as well as modern workshop and office spaces in vacant areas of the site.

50 jobs have been saved through the project and 30 more created, with hopes for this figure to rise to 60 in total. 

Click below to hear the Prince of Wales speech as he officially reopened the site...

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