Middleport Pottery’s new tourist attraction takes you back to the 1950s – and it opens today

People can now experience what it was like to live in the 1950s after the multi-million pound regeneration of a row of terraced houses.

The recently refurbished properties in Harper Street, next to Middleport Pottery, have been transformed as part of a £2.5million heritage project which aims to recreate what domestic life was like 70 years ago.

Furniture and accessories from the past are displayed inside the old homes, including the former Lodge Keeper’s House, telling the stories of individuals who lived on the streets.

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Now, following a recent launch event, members of the public can visit Harper Street as part of the existing Middleport Pottery Heritage Trail.

Stephen Musgrave, Chairman of Re-Form Heritage – owner of Middleport Pottery – said: “For the Re-Form team, this is the culmination of many years of hope, ambition and hard work and c It’s a proud moment for them to see their vision come to fruition. to reality.

“We have gone through two extraordinarily difficult years with Covid and without the support, professionalism, patience, understanding and partnership shown by our supporters, we would not be here today.

“This is going to be a tremendous lasting legacy for everyone who helped make this happen.”



The 1950s dining room which has been recreated in one of the houses in Harper Street, Middleport

As part of the Harper Street project, six new retail units have been built on the site, ready to accommodate new businesses and a community centre, run by Middleport Matters, has also been opened alongside a collectibles store and a research space for the Burleigh Archives.

The National Heritage Lottery Fund has invested over £1.5 million in the scheme, which has received further financial contributions from Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Izzy Mohammed, from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “When I saw the demand coming in for this project about three or four years ago, I was struck by the fact that we had the opportunity and a real reason to preserve this row of houses and make this area a real focal point.

“It’s a wonderful project and it looks amazing. Harper Street now serves as a wonderful entry point to the site. Kudos to everyone for all the work that has gone into it.”



Pictured at the official opening in Harper Street (L-R) are Izzy Mohammed from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Abi Brown, Chairman of Re-Form Heritage Stephen Musgrave and Dr Alasdair Brooks, Managing Director of Re-Form Heritage.
Pictured at the official opening in Harper Street (L-R) are Izzy Mohammed from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Abi Brown, Chairman of Re-Form Heritage Stephen Musgrave and Dr Alasdair Brooks, Managing Director of Re-Form Heritage.

Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Abi Brown, added: “We’ve been focusing very recently in Stoke-on-Trent on new things coming up, but ‘old’ is also incredibly important in our city. This combination of new and old reflects who we are and who we want to be as a place. We are proud of our ceramic heritage and much more confident now about how it will shape our future.

Visitors to Middleport Pottery can access Harper Street from today. The program is included in the price of a Heritage Trail ticket which costs £6 for adults and £5 for children, students, seniors and carers.

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