About

The Minton Archive was generously gifted to the City in March 2015 by the Art Fund. Since then work on this enormous archive has been taking place at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, where we have collected the entire archive together, arranged it and fitted it on our shelves.

The Minton company records form part of the archive collection of Royal Doulton plc, which preserves records of more than twenty companies including such famous names as Adderley, Booth, Davenport, Paragon, Ridgway, Royal Albert, Shelley and more. The Minton Archive is the name given to the whole of this collection.

The Minton part of the collection alone has been the focus of the initial stage of work and we have already been successful in making it accessible to you at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. The full Minton company catalogue, alongside an ever-growing selection of highlighted records, is also accessible here on the site – start exploring now!

It is hoped that similar work will be undertaken on the other Minton Archive Collection company records. What is featured on this site is just a taster of what it would be possible to achieve in future externally funded projects.

The Minton Company Records

The Minton company records, containing well over 5,000 entries, were catalogued for the company by archivist Alyn Giles Jones over three decades. Our work to enhance his excellent catalogue by placing it online is now complete, and we are continuing to add images from some of the original archives – all accessible via this website.

Once these records and images have whetted your appetite you can come and see the real thing at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. The Minton company catalogue will also be available to view through the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Services online catalogue.

Paul Atterbury, who studied the collection in great detail, stated:

“Thomas Minton founded the company in 1793, firstly associated with blue and white transfer wares, and gradually acquiring a reputation for bone china tableware. The latter are documented by a remarkable collection of pattern books dating from just before 1800, and which, after a few fits and starts, run unbroken until 1968, and beyond.”