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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Stoke-on-Trent

28th November 2017

TRH look at a watercolour painting being scanned and digitalised at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent

TRH look at a watercolour painting being scanned and digitalised at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited Stoke-on-Trent for a day of engagements. 

Their Royal Highnesses started the day at the Potteries Museum to see a project which aims to create a free online bank of pre-1900 watercolours from around the world. 

The Prince and The Duchess are both Patrons of Watercolour World, which is creating a unique online visual history of the world by scanning and documenting watercolours.

With tens of thousands of images already in the process of being scanned and uploaded, the full project website is set to be launched in Spring 2018.

During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses met volunteers and representatives from the charity who showed them how the digitisation process takes place. 

The Prince and The Duchess had earlier been welcomed to the museum by the Mow Cop Players, who are currently performing Snow White at a nearby theatre.

The Prince of Wales meets pantomime actors at the Potteries Museum

The Prince of Wales meets pantomime actors at the Potteries Museum

The Prince shook hands with 21-year-old actor Cameron Hancock, who is playing the pantomime’s own Prince Charming.

Afterwards,  The Duchess headed across town to Stoke City FC stadium where, as Patron of the National Literacy Trust, she met more than 200 schoolchildren taking part in reading activities. This was followed by a visit to SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse in the UK.

SafeLives focuses on offering a combination of specialist, tailored support and enabling the main statutory agencies to work together, sharing information and resources so that the victim gets coordinated and effective support.

Meanwhile, The Prince visited the nearby Bethesda Chapel, once known as the Cathedral of Methodism, where restoration of the late 18th century church is ongoing. Here, His Royal Highness listened to a short organ recital of Elgar's Imperial March by chapel organist Michael Rhodes. The Prince of Wales also visited Middleport Pottery to see the newly opened Clay College, which offers a new two-year studio pottery course.