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Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Spitfire Exhibition

In 1972, the RAF gifted a MK.XVI Spitfire to the city of Stoke-on-Trent to commemorate the original designer of the Spitfire, Reginald Joseph Mitchell; a famous son of the City. The Spitfire is currently undergoing extensive restoration at Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Ltd in consultation with the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery curatorial team, and with the support of local organisations Operation Spitfire & the Friends of the Potteries Museum.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council recognise the importance of this artefact as a key piece of local history and have commissioned this project with Glancy Nicholls to provide a new exhibition space by extending the locally Listed museum.

The new Spitfire Pavilion showcases this remarkable piece of engineering whilst providing exhibition and education spaces to inspire and promote engineering and technology in the Region.

New images of the stunning £6m Spitfire gallery at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery have been revealed.

The images show how Stoke-on-Trent’s Spitfire will take pride of place in a newly-built extension at the city centre attraction. The gallery will have large glass panels at the front and back, making the iconic plane – based on Reginald Mitchell’s famous design – visible to the outside world.

The extension is planned to be two-storeys tall, with the Spitfire and associated exhibition material on the ground floor. It will connect to a refurbished museum café, which will have views into the Spitfire gallery. The first floor will feature a viewing platform to look down on the Spitfire from above, and additional room for other museum exhibitions.

Now that planning approval has been given Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is delivering the project as part of its capital programme of investments across the city, is hoping to start building work in March 2019. It could open to the public in spring 2020.

The Spitfire was painstakingly removed piece-by-piece from the museum and taken to Medway Aircraft Preservation Society, in Kent, where it is currently being restored to its former glory by a team of experts. Once complete, it will return to the museum as the star of its new attraction.

Plans for the new Spitfire gallery will now go on display to the public inside the museum.