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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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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Harriet Henshall of Hulme St., Hartshill

Yes, we’re back with more wonderful names from Eliza’s Register (SD 1705/MS591), this time taken from our volunteer @PamWoolliscroft‘s work on the second half of the volume. This also means that the bulk of the indexing work is now complete and, after some tweaking and checking, we’re hoping to make the results for this and other volumes available online. We also have another fantastic Eliza-related story to share with you soon too…
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Alphonsus, Clementina and Hephzibah

Thanks to the work of our volunteer Pam (@PamWoolliscroft if you’d like to follow her on Twitter) we’re now about halfway through indexing Eliza’s Register – that means the names of over 750 apprentices (and a similar number of parents or guardians) have already been captured. Some of the names featured in this register are so fantastic we had to highlight them here on the blog – after all, it’s not every day you “meet” a Theophilus Broadgate!
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Eliza Smallwood: Potters Paintress, Wife, and Mother

In our last post we brought together Eliza Smallwood’s indenture of apprenticeship and the Register of Apprentices volume in which her details can also be found. One of the great things about the register is that it contains enough detail to make census searches possible. Through these searches we can find out even more about Eliza, and the same process could reveal all sorts of information about the other 1,302 apprentices listed in the register.
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Eliza Smallwood, China Enameller

We’ve mentioned Eliza Smallwood’s indenture of apprenticeship once before on the blog, citing it as an example of something we’d have loved to have included in our Welcome Home! display if we’d had a little more room in our display cases. It’s a fascinating document and something we’ve wanted to cover in more detail for a while.
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