The Poole Museum
Located on the High Street in Poole's old
town, close to Poole Pottery Studio on East Quay, the Poole Museum is
well worth a visit. The museum has been refurbished recently and
the second floor is devoted entirely
to ceramics, much of which, as you'd expect, is Poole Pottery.
Entry is free, maps are below, and opening times are
listed on the Poole
Museum web site, so if your in the the area there's no excuse for
The Museum has a representative range of
Poole Pottery's 100 or so years of production, with an emphasis perhaps on earlier pieces.
There are early Carter and Company luster
glazed stoneware, unglazed pottery and geometric patterns designed by
James Radley Young, and figurines designed by Harold and Phoebe Stabler.
Things you'll never see on eBay (or, I fear in my collection).
Moving on, there are some fantastic Truda Adams designs and output from
the Poole Studio right up towards the present day.
Below are some photos*, which i hope will
give you some idea of what to expect, but taking photos through glass
isn't easy and many of the best things I've not been able to capture.
quite like the thought of you copying the images on the rest of this
don't copy the images of the Poole Museum's collection.
hoping not to be sued myself and have an idea that I'm safer if I'm the
only one publishing these, thanks.
Tubelined tiles designed by Arthur
Nickols in the 1950's (Poole Museum)
These tile panels once stood at the
gateways into Poole.
One of these panels can now be seen in the foyer of the
Poole Museum, and apparently
the last one in situ greets you as you come off the
chain ferry at Sandbanks.
Click on the images to enlarge
A couple of the display cabinets in the
stylish Everest wares designed
by John Adams, 1932
Elephants designed by
Harold Browsword, springboks by John Adams
Poole Pottery Museum and Archive
Christie's sale catalogue
When Poole Pottery went into
administration in 2003, it's own archive and museum collection was put
up for auction at Christie's, London. Moves by Poole Borough Council
to buy the whole collection had previously been unsuccessful, but they
were able to save a number of pieces from the sale which can now still
be seen on public display in the Poole Museum.
An example (I'm guessing) of Carter Tiles
next to the Poole Pottery Studio on Old Orchard
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plate is decorative -
Map Plate of Poole Harbor, 1963
Island, in the center, is where you'll find red squirrels and to the
north of there is Poole Quay, and the Pottery. Silkscreen transfer
printed with drawing by Robert Jefferson and hand coloured.
(From my collection)
map is interactive -
click to zoom in, left click pan out
Poole Museum is on the corner of High Street And
Paradise Street. The site of the former Poole Pottery on The Quay, is were
the apartments with silver coloured roofs now stand. The Poole Studio is
just behind there on Old Orchard.