A bit of context about me.

We launched Yarn at the "Connecting Communities" in Leeds on 27th March. To close the first day of the conference, I gave a talk to introduce the story of Yarn and the journey we'd taken in designing it.

Fiction by Arthur Turner.In progress.


Fiction about a girl and her father that are poor and find a magic paintbrush. A story by Poppy Turner put on line with help from her Dad and brother. This story is still a draft, we have just done Chapter 1.

An object with strange powers is discovered in an old antique shop in Paris.

In the original story, Pat Callaghan gave a good overview of the efforts which have been made to 'green' Stoke-on-Trent after its long history of industrial pollution and desolation due to the pottery, mining and steel industries. This story has been created to give more detail about specific asp...

My search to identify the tattooed man in a 1901 French police archive photograph - a tale of daggers through the heart, 19th-century milk advertisements, and a French paediatrician with a sideline in tattoo collecting.

A bit of Dogfooding around the launch of Yarn, our story telling platform. This story is about the event, but is first contextualized in terms of the Pararchive and Island Stories projects.

The city needed to put the 'ills (coal slag heaps) in the 'oles (marl clay pits) to enable reclamation for communities and businesses. Pat worked as a producer and broadcaster for the BBC. She worked in television during the 1950s and 60s on public science programmes and then spent the next 25 ye...

It's important to remember where you came from, so I've written a little bit about my home town of Sheldon, in Birmingham.

As part of the Pararchive project, I, with my colleagues in CARBON Imagineering, visited Stoke on a number of occasions, to work with a group of volunteers. This story covers our first trip, and the things we learned.

The second trip to Bute as part of the Pararchive project.

Ceramic City Stories is focused on local, national and international shared stories relating to Stoke-on-Trent, England. 

A follow on from Phils Story

The Scandinavians first appeared in Scotland at the end of the eighth century. An artefact depicting this early contact is the "Hostage Stone" found on Inchmarnock, a small island off the coast of Bute. In 2014 this small stone travelled to Denmark, a journey that would surely have amazed its insc...

An odyssey of insect imaginings.

In Victorian times during the summer months the population on the Island of Bute could triple or quadruple with holiday makers. How did the locals cope with the increased demand for the basics. This is a light hearted look at one aspect of bygone supply and demand.

Changing rural practice and the biographies of buildings

A coffee shop in Piccadilly, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent took up some floor-covering and discovered that they had a fine tile mosaic in their doorway. Unfortunately, the panel had obvious damage, which may explain why it had been covered up in the first place. To those of us who are part of the 'Ceram...

Aynsley China produced fine bone china at the company's Sutherland Works in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent since 1775 (sadly, production ceased at the end of 2014). Catherine Hayes moved to Railway Terrace, Longton as an 'official evacuee' during WW2. She moved from Belvedere, London. After leaving school...

This is the story of Charles Ward, the last person to be awarded the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria.

Yarn lets you make stories with pictures, sounds and videos on the web, and connect them with others. It's simple and fun. Here's a quick guide to getting started.

Phil writes: Both when the group from Stoke-on-Trent were exploring the Science Museum reserve collection in Blythe House on Saturday 22nd November and the museum's public displays on the Sunday, it was generally not possible to check whether various ceramic articles we saw were manufactured here...