Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers – heritage podcasts

Sit yourself down, get cosy, put your feet up and listen to the six-part podcast series celebrating the cultural life of a City, “The Potteries” – Stoke-on-Trent.

image of ceramic objects
stories and songs about a unique place and it’s people

Click here to listen to Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers on Anchor FM or Spotify.

The podcasts were made for the Under One Roof project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

With different guests featured in each episode and wonderful musicians, you will be guided through the City’s history through tales and tunes.

Click on the titles to go straight to each podcast episode on Anchor FM.

The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground

Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.

The Small Stories in Every Day Things

Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.

For the Sake of Times Gone By

Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed. 

No Going Back

Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.

Traces of Their Toil

Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.