The Dudson Centre combines local heritage with a busy voluntary and community sector hub. Donated by the Dudson family in 1996, the centre was opened by Her Majesty The Queen after a major refurbishment in 1999. Built on a former pottery factory, the centre provides a fascinating insight into local history, thanks to the impressive Dudson Museum on site. Discover history literally in a bottle here, inside a Grade II listed bottle oven!

But the centre isn’t just an impressive platform for local ceramic heritage. We’re also a vibrant and exciting hub, providing modern offices, facilities and services for the voluntary and community sector. The Dudson Centre is managed by VAST, the local solutions experts for non-profit organisations. We provide a home for a growing number of community stakeholders, all working to help the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

Our Aims & Objectives

1.   To preserve for the benefit of the townspeople in the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the county of Staffordshire and the nation at large, whatever of the historical architectural and constructional heritage may exist in and around the city in the form of buildings of particular beauty or historical architectural and constructional interest.

2.   To promote any other charitable purposes for the benefit of the community of Stoke on Trent, and in particular the advancement of education, the preservation and protection of good health and relief of poverty, distress and sickness.

What We Do

The centre currently provides fully serviced offices and back office functions for 18 local voluntary and community organisations.

Facilities include meeting rooms, training rooms, 1-2-1 interview facilities, a resource library and a café. Services provided include: staffed reception, caretakers, meeting rooms, IT services & support, internet access, telephony and much more.

Find out more about our services.

The Dudson Museum on site is housed inside a Grade 2 listed bottle kiln where you can see some of the products made by Dudson.

Opening Times

The centre is open to tenants 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We’re also open to the public from 8.00 am to 5:15 pm Monday to Friday.

The Dudson Museum is open from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Our café facilities are open from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.

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