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John Sandon mini pot roadshow

Saturday 11th June 2022 from 3pm

John is a star contributor of long standing on the BBCs Antiques Roadshow. The son of Henry, a past contributor both on the BBC and here at the Long Room Gallery, John has particular expertise on early English and Continental ceramics, notably Worcester porcelain.

Attendees are invited to bring along pottery for identification and valuation, which can also include Winchcombe slipwares and stonewares as I (John Edgeler) will join in to add my own particular expertise.

By 4pm, we will serve tea with cake and / or biscuits. The event is free for those existing and new Friends of our Archive Trust attending, with a nominal contribution of £10 requested from others joining in on what should prove a very entertaining and instructive afternoon.

Those coming along to the event which will be held on the ground floor of Queen Anne House (see mini map below) are requested to arrive ideally by 2.50pm to allow time for the arrangement of seating. The best parking available is in Back Lane (£1 all day).


This photo of our Tanner room of rural art and crafts features on the home page of our new website :

This site has a comprehensive set of images from our various collections; images of events, talks and exhibitions held over the past seven years; as well as past publications and new short videos of our pottery collections and other information about our Charitable Trust. Two collection images feature below.

Cardew Winchcombe jug and basin set circa 1929

Cast lead well head garden planter in the broad manner of Ernest Gimson (1880-1920)

A Celebration of Practical Pottery opening day

Alun Graves the Senior Curator (Pottery and Glass) of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, giving his opening talk

This well attended opening also featured contributions from potters who worked with Ray Finch at his Winchcombe workshop in the 1970s -Toff Milway of Conderton Pottery – and Ed Turfrey in the 1990s (see image below). These helped to recreate the ethos and practices of those days and provided a greater appreciation of the technical knowledge and expertise behind the lovely pots on display.

The Curator of the exhibition, John Edgeler (Lead Trustee WACT) also took the opportunity to speak about the historic links in between West Country slipwares, the early work of Michael Cardew, and the post war output of Richard Batterham and others.

John Edgeler speaking of the combed decoration used on old country and 1930s Winchcombe pots

A Celebration of Practical Pottery opening hours

This major selling show opens at 2pm on Saturday 7th May. Those wishing to attend the opening must pre-book as space is now limited

Thereafter the following arrangements apply :

Monday 9th to Saturday 14th May : Daily 10am to 5pm


Thursday to Saturday inclusive : Daily 10am to 5pm until the end of June (last day 25th June)

Otherwise strictly by advance prior appointment (not Sundays)

Stonewares by Danlami Aliyu , Ray Finch and Michael Cardew ( TOP IMAGE all Ray Finch)

A Celebration of Practical Pottery (from Saturday 7th May 2022)

In the next week or so, we will be making available an online catalogue of the some 80 studio pots for sale from the Chestnut Gallery collection assembled in the 1980s and early 1990s

Please email us on the following address if you wish to receive a copy of this sales catalogue:

Full opening hours to follow. Please telephone 01242 602 319 for further information

Winchcombe Archive Collection Trust leaflet and Friends application form


We are about to launch our Friends organisation for our Archive Trust at a complimentary afternoon buffet to be held at the Long Room Gallery, High Street, Winchcombe on Sunday 5th December 2021 from 1pm

For those wishing to join but unable to make this event, please complete the attached Trust leaflet quoting your current email address on the form and post it back to us at our Winchcombe address :

For a full list of the benefits of becoming a Friend, please see the attached downloadable word document which includes in full what you need to do to subscribe :

With many thanks for your support


This talk tracing the history of the Harvest Jug tradition of North Devon and the various influences on the decorative motifs employed by potters will be held at 2.45 for 3pm on Saturday 18th September 2021 in the main gallery of Queen Anne House

The cost is £10 per head to include tea and refreshments and there are still a few places left but it is recommended that interested parties get in touch as soon as possible

For bookings please either: email ; or telephone 01242 602 319 // 07791 782 243

Selling Exhibition of Country and Studio Pottery opening 18th September 2021

This Long Room Gallery selling exhibition of Country and Studio slipwares and Stonewares opens at 10am on Saturday 18th September. A catalogue of the items for sale is available through clicking on this link:

For sale enquiries please either: EMAIL or TEL 01242 602 319 // 07791 782 243

Please see previous blog for location of Gallery in the town

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