The Prince of Wales is to visit the Burleigh ware factory – Middleport Pottery in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent – tomorrow to officially launch the restoration and regeneration of the last working Victorian pottery in the UK.
The visit will be hosted by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which acquired the Grade-II-listed pottery in June and which is funding the £7.5m regeneration project.
The work will ensure that the world-famous blue and white floral Burleigh pottery continues to be manufactured on site, whilst the majority of the remaining buildings at Middleport will be developed, modernised and let to craft and associated businesses.
The Prince will officially launch the project when he arrives at Middleport’s gates and meets long-serving members of staff. He will then tour the pottery and see the various stages of pottery production, along with the unique collection of thousands of Victorian moulds that are still in use today.
The visit will finish with a reception for the Prince, employees and local dignitaries.
It is hoped that the regeneration of Middleport will boost further economic regeneration in Burslem and Stoke. The visit to the pottery is part of a two-day tour by the Prince, championing regeneration projects led by his charities in Teeside, Burnley and Middleport.
The Prince of Wales’ visit to the Burleigh factory comes just weeks after the Princess Royal paid a visit to Burleigh’s owner, Denby.