The United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust have appointed us to create a HLF-funded Heritage Centre for Middleport Pottery.
The project will involve the redevelopment of 11 dilapidated Victorian terraced houses on Harper Street - directly opposite to Middleport Pottery - into a community focused heritage centre. The redevelopment aims to expand Middleport’s visitor offer and strengthen its role as a community hub.
The end terrace, believed to have been the home of Middleport Pottery’s lodgekeeper during the early 20th century, will be restored, with its original features reinstated to give visitors an authentic insight into the home of a pottery worker in the inter-war years.
A new Archive and Collections Research Centre will be created on the terraces’ first floor to store and make accessible Middleport Pottery’s extensive collection, which includes the world’s largest privately-owned set of Burleighware.
This will allow archived items to be moved out of Middleport’s main building to create workshop space to meet growing demand from local creative businesses. An adjacent space will be turned into offices for Middleport Pottery staff.
A substantial part of the terraced block will be redeveloped into lettable workshop space, while new build workshops and a dedicated community centre, which will be available for use by local groups, will also be created in the terraces’ backyards.