15/05/2022Prime Minister and Cabinet visit Middleport Pottery for UK Cabinet Meeting
Re-Form Heritage, the heritage and community regeneration charity, was selected to host a UK Cabinet meeting at their flagship Middleport Pottery site in Stoke-on-Trent on 12 May.
Middleport Pottery was chosen as the ideal venue for the event given the important role the site plays in the regeneration of the surrounding local area.
Stephen Musgrave, Chair of the Re-Form Heritage Board of Trustees said:
“The Cabinet’s choice of Middleport Pottery as the site of today’s meeting emphasises Stoke-on-Trent’s significance as a centre of industrial heritage, vibrant communities, and successful modern businesses.
The Prime Minister was able to see first hand the impact that long term commitment and investment can make in restoring jobs and pride in challenged communities such as Burslem.”
After 130 years, Middleport Pottery remains home to the world-famous Burleigh pottery, and is also an award-winning visitor destination that offers heritage and factory tours and hosts a range of retail offers, including the Burleigh shop.
As well as undertaking the scheduled Cabinet Meeting, the Prime Minister was able to explore the heritage areas of the UK’s last working Victorian Pottery in continuous production. Ministers also greeted local community and business leaders at the site.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
"I am delighted to have brought my Cabinet to the fantastic Middleport Pottery at the heart of Stoke on Trent.
“The regeneration of Middleport is a prime example of levelling up in action - taking a 130-year-old pottery and turning it into an incredible heritage site with so much to offer to the local community.
“I am grateful to the team at Middleport and Re-form Heritage for hosting us and allowing us to bring the Queen’s speech to the people of Stoke-on-Trent.”