The Princes Regeneration trust has recently stepped in to save a historic pottery site in Burslem. The grade 11* listed pottery site in Middleport, was at risk of closure, with some £18million being needed to save the works.
The site, which has been described by English Heritage as a "national treasure” is one of the last remnants of the potteries, for which the Stoke on Trent area gained its reputation and name.
The Burleigh pottery which is produced at the site, harks back to a bygone era, with each pot produced being handled by 25 people in an extensive production process using rare skills. Many of the skills needed for the production of Burleigh have been passed down through generations who have worked in Middelport.
The regeneration plans for the site will open up the pottery as a living example of British heritage and a centre of creativity and enterprise.
Not only is the investment much needed to save local jobs but the grant has a wider impact for the bricks and mortar of the area. The redevelopment of the site will include workshops, café and tourism, and has also lead to regeneration of local housing in the area.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, said: "We believe that to create a truly sustainable and viable regeneration project, we must work with an area's unique character and community, often locked in its heritage. This is a working, authentic busy Victorian pottery - it is living, breathing, industrial heritage that still very much has an active future within the community."