Flushed with Pride

A fantastic exhibition at the Gladstone Pottery Museum. Poo Museum Director Nige dropped by to see the antique toilets and smell the Victorian slum.

Last week I visited The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. The museum is the last remaining ‘intact’ original pottery of its kind in the area. It’s a superb place to visit, brilliantly laid out, totally immersive and interactive.

chamber pot - the Patent Non-Splash Thunderbowl - on display at museum
My favourite exhibit: a Victorian musical chamberpot. Nigel George

The real attraction for me though was the ‘Flushed with Pride’ exhibition. This is fantastic display of toilets through the ages that starts when you enter the exhibition through a mocked up Victorian slum which stinks good and proper, to the point where my children felt it necessary to pinch their noses!! Every kind of toilet is on display and the evolution of the loo is played out before your very eyes.

Nigel George sits on slum toilet in dingy cubicle in museum display
Victorian slum toilet Nigel George

My kids (7 and 4) loved it. There are plenty of buttons to push, things to flush and films to watch. It really is worth a visit if you’re in that part of the world.

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