Arnold Bennett Society Christmas Readings at the Dudson Museum

Have a wander around the historic Dudson Museum and take a break from all the shopping and town centre mayhem.

The Grade II listed venue is a haven within the city centre and is often described as a ‘hidden gem’,  Housed inside a walled courtyard and an on-site relaxing café, you wouldn’t believe that you were in modern-day Hanley.

Step inside the iconic original bottle oven, filled with sparkle and ceramics, and 200 years of Dudson history. There is a whole host of wonderful creations made on this site, some as early as 1809 and other more modern collections made at the former Tunstall factory, which closed in 2019.

The Dudson Museum and Café will be open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and there will be a few other things to enjoy.

During the day, families can take children on a magical journey, The Clinkers Story Quest around the courtyard, and a little treasure hunt inside the museum.

At 11:30, why not sit down and take the opportunity to connect with local heritage and enjoy the festive season as you listen to the Arnold Bennett Society give Christmas readings from Bennett’s winter-themed works?

The discussion will revolve around two works: Vera’s First Christmas Adventure and Vera’s Second Christmas Adventure, both taken from the “Grim Smile of the Five Towns” (published in 1907) and “Friendship and Happiness” (first published in the USA as “The Feast of St. Friend: A Christmas Book” in 1911).

Before you leave, grab a festive bite and hot drink in the Dudson Café, and make sure you’ve got yourself a raffle ticket in time for the Christmas Raffle Prize Draw at 2:00 pm.

The Dudson Shop will be open in the foyer, where you can buy beautiful greeting cards and gifts, exquisite artwork by local artists and makers, and genuine Dudson pottery. You’re sure to find a special gift for ceramics collectors and anyone with a passion for local heritage and supporting local creatives.

For more information on the Dudson Museum, please email [email protected] or call 01782 683141.