Charles to visit historic pottery

The Prince of Wales will pay a visit to a Victorian pottery which was saved from closure by one of his charities.

The engagement at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent will give Charles a chance to assess the progress of an £8.6 million project which safeguarded manufacturing at the site.

The future of the closure-threatened factory, which produces Burleigh ceramics, was secured by the Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT) in the summer of 2011.

Credited with saving 50 jobs at the site, the ongoing programme to regenerate the Grade II-listed factory and create a new visitor centre was backed by a range of organisations, including English Heritage.

Charles, who last visited Middleport in January this year, is also due to meet local artists and hear about efforts to preserve the Wedgwood Institute in the Burslem area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Built in 1865 as a philanthropic establishment, the institute originally provided classes in science, business and the arts to local people, but is currently unoccupied.

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