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Origins of fine bone china

Stoke-on-Trent has two new visitor centres. Spode's tells the story of Josiah Spode who discovered how to make fine bone china; For information, tel: 01782 744011. Royal Doulton's commemorating the centenary of the death of its founder, Sir Henry Doulton, has the world's largest collection of Royal Doulton figures - over 1,500. For information, ring 01782 292451. The centenary of Moorcroft pottery made nearby at Burslem will be celebrated with a special exhibition, "Moorcroft - 100 Years of a Living Art Pottery", at Stoke's Museum Art Gallery from October 5. Tel: 01782 232323.

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