Astley Family of Newcastle

Wednesday, 13 June 7pm

A talk by local historian Andrew Dobraszczyc

This illustrated talk will outline the history of five generations of the Astley family in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  Beginning with Philip Astley, the grandfather of Philip Astley, the equestrian and circus master, down to James Astley Hall, a hat manufacturer, who died in Newcastle a hundred and fifty years later. 

It will show how events in Newcastle in the 1740s had a lasting impact on the young Philip Astley and how the legacy from his relative, Richard Milligane, the Newcastle postmaster, enabled him to open a riding school in London. And how the connection between Philip Astley and his family in Newcastle was maintained as a result of their business connections in South London near to where Philip Astley built his amphitheatre and his residence, Hercules Hall.

Tickets are £7.50 with tea and biscuits included.

Places are limited so pre-booking is essential.

If you would like to book, or for any more information, please ring 01782 619705 or email

Regular Activities

Museum Prize Trail 50p – our themed trail for families around the museum costs just 50p and children will get a small prize when they find all the answers.  Hunt high and low, upstairs and downstairs, great fun for kids of all ages!  We change the trail regularly so children will always find a new way to explore our museum.

Paper Crafts 50p – always something different to colour and create!  A simple paper activity to complete at our craft table or when you get home.  Lots of fun and we regularly provide new themed paper crafts to try.

Craft Packs – we create our own themed craft packs at prices ranging from £1 to £4.  These change regularly for you to buy and create at our craft table or when you get home.



Last updated 15 April 2018