Redfern's Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life



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Please note that the museum is undergoing a refurbishment, and will reopen in Spring 2017. Most of the collection housed inside this whitewashed cottage was donated by local people in 1987 when it opened as a Heritage Centre. It includes a unique collection of trade tokens from every town in Staffordshire and some in Derbyshire. In times when precious metals were scarce, these tokens were manufactured by shops and traders as a way of paying their employees, and were accepted currency. The collection of trade tokens dates from the early 17th century to the late 1800s. The rest of the collection comprises civic and domestic artefacts from Uttoxeter as well as a stash of Roman Samianware excavated locally. There is a well-stocked gift shop specialising in quirky pamphlets and old local history books, a sunny courtyard where you can discover what grew in a 17th-century kitchen garden and a re-created wartime kitchen where you can marvel at the lack of mod cons.

Redfern's Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life
34-36 Carter Street, UTTOXETER, ST14 8EU


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Discover Staffordshire

It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.

In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.

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