WW2 Spitfire aircraft with links to Staffordshire

One of the most iconic aircraft of all time has found a new home in a purpose-built gallery in Staffordshire.

The Spitfire sits inside a new 3,800 square foot double-height exhibition space within the Potteries Art Gallery and Museum in Stoke.

The two-story steel-framed building at the side of the museum allows visitors to experience the WWII aircraft up close while learning more about its history and the man behind its famous design, Reginald J Mitchell.

The aircraft helped Britain win the war in the air, including during the Battle of Britain when brave British pilots held off the German Luftwaffe.

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The Spitfire designer was born and educated in North Staffordshire and remains one of the county’s most iconic figures.

The museum extension was built and produced by Morgan Sindall Construction. Framing Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction, Rob Cant, said: “It has been a privilege to work on this project and the whole team has been exceptionally proud to help preserve a vital part of our local and national heritage. .

“The gallery that has been created is not only a great showcase of a remarkable machine, but also explains what it means to the city of Stoke-on-Trent and why Reginald J Mitchell is such an important part of its story.

The Spitfire was unveiled last year as the new centerpiece of the Potteries Museum And Art Gallery

“Additionally, this inspiring exhibition will help future generations learn about the region’s past while highlighting the importance of engineering skills – and I hope it could inspire the city’s next design genius to make his debuts. not in this industry.

“Ensuring the new gallery was ready to open on the anniversary of the Battle of Britain meant overcoming a number of challenges posed by covid-19 closures and restrictions.”

Lorraine Beardmore, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Public Health at Stoke on Trent City Council, said: “The museum is already a brilliant place to visit in its own right, but the new Spitfire Gallery will take it to another level and expand the fantastic exhibits it already has. It will be a first-class tourist attraction in our city center.”

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