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  • R.J.Mitchell: Life in the Clouds

    R.J.Mitchell: Life in the Clouds

    From 22 April 2016 - 2017

    Students from Haywood Academy worked with curator Paula Kovacs to explore the story of Reginald Mitchell, his design of the Spitfire and the building of the Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre. Over eight weeks, students had the opportunity to handle historical objects, learn about the curatorial process, and research and develop the exhibition content.

    In addition the students also visited the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to see a Spitfire, and Supermarine Aero Engineering Ltd, a manufacturer and supplier of original Spitfire parts.

    This new permanent display offers an insight into one of the City’s great engineers, offering a glimpse into his life, his iconic Spitfire design and how residents of Stoke-on-Trent chose to remember Mitchell’s contribution to the world.

    The exhibition features original Spitfire parts kindly loaned from Supermarine Engineering Ltd, as well as original paintings, photographs and archive documents never seen before on public display.

    An accompanying schools resource pack will be available for download.

    With kind support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Operation Spitfire.

    Groups Tours

    If you are interested in a group visit please contact our Box Office on 01782 409307 or email We can offer a short talk, archive film about the Theatre from Staffordshire Film Archive as well as refreshments before or after your tour in our airy Café, which is created from a Spitfire wing.

    School Visits

    If you are visiting the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to see the Spitfire, why not add on a short visit to Mitchell Arts Centre and find out more about the man behind the design and the theatre built in his honour.

    We are able to provide a schools pack to support your visit and for further learning in the classroom. Please contact us on 01782 409507 or email

    Link to schools pack:

    Link to Haywood students visit Supermarine video:

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