For nearly two years, Poole Museum has been closed for refurbishment. A short while ago, after extensive renovations and improvements, it reopened to the public.
The museum include a wide range of exhibits relating to Poole’s history, but of particular interest to Poole Pottery fans is the large display of Poole Pottery. The display covers most of the last century of Poole Pottery and the Poole Room Blog has an excellent review for anyone who is interested.
Many of the pieces on display were bought by the local council at the 2004 auction of the former Poole Pottery factory archives – although what’s on offer here is only a fraction of that which could formerly be seen in Poole Pottery’s museum.
For anyone who’s in the area and fancies a look, current opening hours for the Poole Museum are:
Anyone with an interest in Art Deco ceramics might want to consider making a beeline for Stourbridge at the end of May.
Well-known Stourbridge auctioneer Fieldings is putting on an exhibition of work by designers such as Clarice Cliff, Keith Murray, Poole’s Carter, Stabler & Adams and Lenci at its auction house on Mill Race Lane from Thursday 29th May to midday on Saturday 31st May.
The exhibition has been planned to coincide with Fieldings hosting the first official Clarice Cliff Collectors Club auction ever to take place outside London – something of a coup for the auctioneer. The sale at Fieldings has nearly 300 lots and will begin at midday on Saturday 31st May, allowing plenty of time for anyone needing to travel to the auction.
Fieldings’ auctioneer Will Farmer will be known to many as one of the experts on the Antiques Roadshow. He’s excited about the exhibition and says: “It’s going to be a really rare exhibition, we’ve been building this for five months. Collectors will be coming from all over the country and everybody in Stourbridge can come and see this.”
The Clarice Cliff auction promises to be exciting too and it will be interesting to see how prices are holding up in the current market.
Full details of the Clarice Cliff sale catalogue will be available on Fieldings’ website nearer the time.
Following on from my last entry, Poole Council’s planners have seen sense and refused a planning application that would involve demolishing one of the last remaining tiled pubs and the Poole Pottery warehouse in order to build an apartment complex.
Planning officers had described the proposed scheme as “gross overdevelopment” of a conservation area and it seems that the town’s councillors agreed.
You can see full details of the latest on this story here.
(Reading between the lines, however, it seems that both pub and warehouse could still be demolished if a more suitable scheme comes along… time will tell)