Local History course

Three Landed Estates in Newcastle-under-Lyme:

Keele Hall, Butterton Hall and Clayton Hall 

with Andrew Dobraszczyc

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries most of the land on the west and south sides of Newcastle formed part of three landed estates: the Keele estate, the property of the Sneyd family; the Butterton estate, the property of the Swinnerton family and their descendants the Pilkington family; and the Clayton estate, the property of the Booth family and their descendants the Ayshford Wise family.

This course will look at the history of the landowners, their country houses, estate villages and farms.  It will consider the various ways in which these estates interacted with Newcastle-under-Lyme – as suppliers to the local market, as customers of shops, businesses and banks in the borough and, in the case of the Sneyd family, as important landowners within the town boundary.  

It will also show how that relationship changed with the break-up of the landed estates in the twentieth century and the conversion of much of their agricultural and into new housing estates and, in the case of the Keele estate – the sale of a substantial part of the land around Keele Hall to a new university.

The course will be offered over two terms of eight weeks each. The first term will deal with the Butterton and Clayton estates, the second term with the Keele estate.

Classes will be held in the Brampton Museum on Thursday mornings 10.15am to 12.15pm and Thursday afternoons 2 to 4 pm, starting on Thursday 24 January.  Course fees for the first term of eight weeks are £62 or £58 concessions.

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

February Half Term Activities - Pop Art Workshops

18, 19 and 20 February 11am-3pm  £2 per child

Experience our new exhibition 'General Dynamic F.U.N' with screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi on display as part of a national tour.

Join our fun Pop Art workshops in our main art gallery. Make your own unique piece of Pop Art to display at home.  And enter our Pop Art Competition to win a creative prize.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the pioneers of the Pop Art movement in the UK.  Pop Art uses images and icons that are popular in the modern world. This includes famous celebrities, commercial items like soup cans and packaging, comic books and any other items that are popular in the commercial world.

Pop artists would create art by repeating the item over and over again, changing the color or texture of the item, or putting different items together to make a picture. 

Pop Art began in the 1950s in the UK but became very popular in the 1960s. It became a true art movement in New York City with artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

image shows Pop written in 'Pop Art' comic book style, exploding with bright coloured background

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.



The February edition is available here



Last updated 11 January 2019