Folio Friday – November

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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More Volumes To Browse!

After the successful anniversary launch of an online version of Minton’s Pattern Book No.1 a few weeks ago we’re back with more. You can now view Pattern Book No.s 2, 3 and 4 in their entirety right here on the blog and we’re continuing our work to integrate these viewers into the catalogue pages too. We’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress but for now – just in time for the weekend! – you can view these pattern books below…
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The Cotterill Connection

We first mentioned Eliza Smallwood on the blog almost two years ago when we linked to her indenture of apprenticeship, an item we’d been unable to include in our collaborative display with The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery – it turned out to be too big for the display case! Since then her name has appeared in numerous blog posts (seven and counting!) as a great example of the importance of the factory workers in the Minton Archive story.
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In Depth: Minton Majolica

Earlier this year we updated our online catalogue to include both a large collection of designs by Christopher Dresser and a folio box bursting with incredible majolica illustrations. Having adapted work found within the archive to help describe Dresser’s connection with Minton we have this time been able to call on the knowledge of Claire Blakey, former curator at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and speaker at this year’s Annual Archive Ceramics Lecture, to provide us with an in depth description of one of Minton’s great achievements.
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Folio Friday – October

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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Anniversary Update: Browse Volumes!

On the 25th September 2015 we officially launched The Minton Archive website and, one year later, celebrated the site’s first anniversary with a special update which pushed the number of images in the online catalogue past 1000. Our second anniversary update takes these catalogue enhancements a step further – starting today we’ll be making a number of special volumes available online in their entirety. (We’re really rather excited about this…)

27/9/2017 Update: We’ve tweaked the viewer for mobile and tablet users, and added a “full screen” button which better utilises your screen real estate for bigger, better pattern book viewing. Thanks for all the feedback so far!
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Analysing Eliza’s Register

The indexing data from Eliza’s Register (SD 1705/MS591) is currently undergoing “pre-flight checks” before we make it available online. However, with the raw data at our fingertips we were curious to see what interesting snippets of information we could uncover with a bit of spreadsheet magic. Pivot tables, work your magic!
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Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

It’s time once again for a quick refresh of the site’s online catalogue! We’ve updated 42 records in total, some of which will now be viewable via our themed searches, and added a further 85 new images including another selection of Christopher Dresser designs to top-up our previous update. This time round they’re printed illustrations taken from his book “Studies in Design” which you can see in book form at the Internet Archive. Enjoy!

Folio Friday – September

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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Finishing the Minton Conservation Project

August sees the end of the Minton Conservation Project, which has been ongoing for the last year. Funded by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and the Art Fund, with contributions from the Wolfson Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, the project enabled conservator Jess Hyslop to work full-time conserving a selection of books and artworks from the Minton Archive.
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