Over the next few months Stoke-on-Trent City Archives will be transferred to a new location in The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. This means everything in our stores and our public Reading Room has to be moved, which will cause some disruption to our normal services. On this website you can find out about our current on-site access and see a basic timeline for the move. There's also some extra information for depositors.

Current Status

  • We Are Open

    You can make an appointment to visit the Archive Service's Reading Room during our current opening hours.

    Check Opening Hours
  • Restricted Access

    Access to the Archive Service's Reading Room is currently limited but we're still able to answer enquiries remotely.

    Find Out More
  • Fully Closed

    The Archive Service's Reading Room is closed and we've temporarily suspended the answering of remote enquiries.

    Find Out More

Timeline of the Move

Below you'll find our timeline, updated in June 2023, to help you understand how the move is currently progressing.
Please note that the exact sequence and timings of events may differ from what's below, but
this should give you an idea of what to expect over the course of the next few months.

  • November
    Reading Room is open for bookings
  • December
    Some access restrictions apply
  • June
    Construction begins at PMAG
  • January
    Disruption likely as the archive moves
  • Spring
    The relocated Reading Room opens

Updates from the Team

As we work on the move we'll be blogging about the process to keep you in the loop. There'll be updates from behind-the-scenes, some photographs along the way, and we'll also post whenever we update our current status to highlight the changes we've made. You can choose to subscribe to the blog and be notified of these posts and status changes via e-mail too!