Stoke on Film 1940s


This collection spans the Second World War and the austerity years up to the end of rationing, and the re-introduction of decorated pottery onto the market in the early 1950s.

Ceramics expert Kathy Niblett outlines the developments in the pottery industry, and wee black and white and colour film of production at various factories during the decade.

We see Digging for Victory at parks and allotments around the City in 1941, Kibblestone Scout Camp in colour, cricket matches, school trips, Queens Park in colour, scenes from the 1946 film Five Towns, the naming of the locomotive City of Stoke-on-Trentand hear how the pottery industry finally triumphed after years of restrictions.

Local newsreels, film from local filmmakers and commissioned film for companies – with insight from local interviews and experts give a real insight into this important decade for the City.