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Sharpe's Pottery Museum

23 West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG, England
+44 1283 222600
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Excellent well laid out small industrial heritage museum.

I was delighted to discover this museum as I am interested in barge pots or Measham Ware which were... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
c n
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fascinating Place

Loved learning about the pottery industry & seeing dishes, mixing bowls that my Grandmother has... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
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Sharpe's Pottery Museum is home to the local heritage of Swadlincote and surrounding areas, the iconic building is home to the Museum Collections & Exhibitions, Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, Cafe Espresso & The Magic Attic Archives. We have a function room for hire that is suitable for meetings or family celebrations; there is also a cafe that opens out on to a children's playzone on the ground floor along with the Tourist Information and Gift Shop. The upper floor is home to a large exhibition area, a walk way that showcases the 'old kiln' and the extensive historic archives compiled by The Magic Attic. There is Disabled Access to all areas with a lift to enable access to the upper floor, toilet facilities for diabled visitors can be found on both levels. We have adjacent Free Parking and Brown Signed Car Parking within a few hundred yards, ALL parking in Swadlincote is Free of Charge. We are open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm with last entry to view the Museum at 4pm, Spring & Summer Bank Holiday Monday Opening Times are 10am - 3pm.
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23 West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG, England
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I was delighted to discover this museum as I am interested in barge pots or Measham Ware which were made in this area. To find a kiln chimney intact was worth the visit on its own. Inside there are a range of displays which focus...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you for your detailed review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Loved learning about the pottery industry & seeing dishes, mixing bowls that my Grandmother has passed down! Was horrified to see how much devastation the mining & pottery industry had had on the countryside. Well worth a pop in to learn about our history. The...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Fascinating reminder of a bygone industrial age, and all that survives of 6 pottery kilns at the Sharpe's works. Inside you can walk into the kiln to learn about the history of the works and pottery making in the area, then go upstairs to see...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. It's very much appreciated.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful building full of industrial history about the local area. Learn about the pottery industry through very interesting local guides. If you have chance also visit the Magic Attic which has virtually every local newspaper going back to 1800’s and loads of other...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

This is an unusual two-floor museum in the heart of this small town. Entrance is free and downstairs is the tourist office where many hundreds of brochures are either free or available for a small charge. From there you then walk through to what was...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We wandered around here at our leisure , it would have been better if there were some staff available to answer any questions . Spent less than an hour here , although the cafe looked very nice . Little play area outside . Interesting to...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We take note of all visitor feedback and appreciate your comments.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

I fail to see how one could not to be intrigued by the history of the Loo and the pipes and the industry and the industrialists and the area, as portrayed by some very informative displays and actual devices all enhanced by the very knowledgeable...More

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

We are very grateful to receive your fantastic review of our museum and will pass on your comments to our volunteer guides. We look forward to seeing you at Sharpe's again.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

There were a dozen of us who visited as a group and were given the added bonus of a tour by a most enthusiastic guide called Tony. Admittedly we expected to be enlightened or we would not have arranged the visit but we were not...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Not sure what the purpose of this museum is. Very few items, very little information, unhelpful staff. Cafe was ok.

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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

We are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your visit and would be grateful if you could contact us directly to discuss further.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is a must for a visit if ever you find yourself in Swadlincote, it shares with visitors a wealth of history about the area, including the Magic Attic archive which is very popular for locals. There are various events held throughout the year and...More

Thank Carol S
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Lara R, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

We are very grateful to receive your recommendation. We value our regular visitors very highly and look forward to welcoming you again.

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Sorry for the delay in replying the entry is free and so is the parking.
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