Heritage Open Days

Our little building was bursting at the seams during the Heritage Open Days this year with the maximum number of attendees that we can safely accommodate being reached on both days.

One of the former owners, Adela Simons kept everyone engaged with her talks on the history of the site whilst Don Redfern explained the processes that were involved in making the pottery. Local collector Chris Bailey brought along part of his Bretby collection and told the story of how he recovered items including the bust of Henry Tooth following the robbery in 2005.

Both days were a great success and we raised over £250 towards the project with it being planned to use this money to make the roof of the building more watertight.

We received some fantastic comments and overall the event was rated as “excellent”.

“Very informative and knowledgeable experts”

“I liked that it shows you what heritage is left in Swadlincote”

“Learning more about the history of the company and the building”

“Informative and clearly everyone who is involved is enthusiastic about the restoration of previously neglected part of local history/heritage”

“Very interesting insight into the history and mode of operation of the pottery”

Very informative, so sad to see destruction caused by robbers, they have no respect for history or other people’s property”

“Interesting to hear about the history of Bretby Art Pottery”

“Brilliant talks! So, nice that local people are involved”

We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who attended and helped on the day and please return when we do it all again next year.

Read more about our Heritage Open Day in the Burton Mail here.


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