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The archive was founded and developed by Ray Johnson and is housed at Staffordshire University – forming one of the Special Collections. In addition to the original archive films collected, there are many hours of complementary video material generated by Ray to inform and enhance the period films – location filming, interviews, relevant visual materials and complete documentary video productions.

All SFA screenings are free of charge and start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Please note that seats cannot be reserved - arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For more details please visit the SFA website here.

Wednesday 19 September


Celebrating the last ever firing of a Bottle Oven in 1978 - some two decades after coal firing was ceasing in the Pottery industry through the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1957 - organised by the Gladstone Pottery Museum. This is a screening of newly digitised original filming of the background, preparations and actual events of this marvellous achievement.

Wednesday 26 September


This famous melodrama - produced exclusively for Burslem Picture Palace - gets a new screening from a freshly digitised print. Lots of supporting visual memorabilia and insight into the film's production from the people associated with the production and its actors. Also; revisiting the actual filming locations today.

Wednesday 3 October


Archive films celebrating the whole history of the Gladstone Pottery Museum, the only complete Victorian pottery factory with original workshops and bottle ovens. Volunteers give insight into how it all started in the early 1970s and we chart its history to date in moving pictures, culminating in its 2018 events celebrating the last firing of a bottle oven in 1978. Supporting screenings newly digitised archive films of pottery-making from the 1920s and 1940s.


Wednesday 10 October

'TRAPEZE' (1956)

Philip Astley Circus Season

The classic circus movie - 3rd highest grossing movie of 1956. In this drama, Burt Lancaster plays a crippled acrobat, disabled after attempting to perform a dangerous maneouver. Tony Curtis plays an aspiring aerialist who coerces Lancaster into teaching him the trade. The friendship between Lancaster and Curtis is threatened by the arrival of ambitious circus tumbler Gina Lollobridgida, who virtually steals the film.

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