The NCS is an active society.

It holds monthly meetings from September to November and from February to May. These meetings take place in different museums in the north of England. At present these mainly include the Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent, the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, The National Museums, Liverpool and the Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster. Each meeting has two lectures – one at 11.30am and the other at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome to bring a guest to a meeting but it is courteous to let the programme secretary know in advance if possible. All meetings are free of charge to members.

An initial social gathering at a Summer School

An initial social gathering at a Summer School

In addition to our meetings we have a Summer Visit in June or early July. We either visit a private collection or a museum that offers an opportunity to see ceramics not always available to the public. Sometimes there is a small charge for this – and on occasion we arrange a lunch as part of the event to allow more time for discussion and socialising.

In August we hold a five day residential seminar called the Summer School. It is held in mid August and at present takes place at the University of Chester. It explores a ceramic theme in more depth and also provides an opportunity for members from all over the world to meet together and exchange ideas and ceramic gossip. The event usually includes some ceramic handling session as well as the exciting common room sessions members indulge in after the evening lectures!

Looking at shards at the last Winter Weekend

Looking at shards at the last Winter Weekend

At the end of January we hold a residential weekend in Manchester in a very delightful University conference centre. This runs from Friday evening to Sunday tea time and usually explores a particular theme. It provides a very welcome break at a quiet time of year and many members have said that it is rather like a late ceramic Christmas party but with an enormous amount of information and ideas added for good measure!