Langley Mill and Denby Pottery Collectors’ Society given insight on website use

THE new season of the Langley and Denby Pottery Collectors’ Society began with a very interesting presentation by chairman John Giblin on the huge number of pieces of pottery that have come to light as a result of queries to the society’s website during the last decade.

People from all over the world have contacted it, wanting to know more about their particular piece of Langley or Denby ware. Recently an antiques dealer had contacted the site regarding a jardinière that he had obtained during a house clearance on the Isle of Wight.

It had originally been given as a New Year’s gift to Queen Victoria in 1889, and it is presumed that it was subsequently given to a member of staff at Osborne House.

The next meeting will be an illustrated presentation on the Pottery Pioneers, who were all named Josiah Spode.

It will be given by Pamela Woolliscroft, former curator of the Spode Museum. The meeting will be at the Heanor Miners’ Welfare, Ilkeston Road, on Monday 10th October, beginning at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome.