Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, which holds the Minton Archive, is currently undertaking a phased re-opening to the public, strictly by appointment only. More information is available on the Archive Service webpage.

Mapping the Minton Manufactory

Alongside the many new Art & Design images included in our latest catalogue update were a number of additions to other areas of the online catalogue, including a pair of records related to the layout and look of Minton’s China Works in the first half of the 20th century. The first, a copy of an aerial drawing of the Works at SD 1705/MS1217, had been so meticulously drawn that we couldn’t help but wonder how it might compare to a map from a similar period.

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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: 531 Tile Designs

On the 25th September 2015 we officially launched the Minton Archive website with a little over 25 digital records, a handful of images, and a smattering of words on the blog… and now the whole kit and caboodle is six years old! As is now customary we’re celebrating this happy occasion with a special catalogue update, which means from today you can now virtually flick through a volume of tile designs that has been hiding in plain sight until very recently…

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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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Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

It’s been over 18 months since our last catalogue update but today we’re announcing a bumper upload of tweaks, changes, and additions that should hopefully go some way towards getting us back on track after so much general upheaval. Over 100 records have been updated and a whopping 487 images have been added to the online catalogue, most of these within the Art & Design section. In fact, barring a few outliers, we now have representative images for all the records within the Art & Design’s “Lettered Sequence” which stretches from MS1651 all the way to MS1806 (and we’ve already started on “Ornamental Ware”, which will take us up to MS1913!). This influx of artwork imagery means we’re also in the process of changing what’s found under the Artwork themed search – with more and more representative images being made available in the Art & Design section we think it’s time to pare this themed search back to a smaller number of highlights that pick out the very best of the Archive’s artwork. Lastly, we’ve just added a new page to the site, The Catalogue, which explains how to navigate and search the online catalogue. It’s something we’ve covered on the blog multiple times as the site has grown but we thought it would be good to have all the information available in one place. It’ll be linked to in both menus, and on the Explore page too.

We hope you enjoy this latest update – here’s to the next one not taking quite as long to appear!

Folio Friday – August

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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Sèvres, Dresden, and Berlin

During our most recent deep dive into the Archive’s Art & Design section we also, as much as possible, continued to digitise items from that part of the collection as well (a nod to a future catalogue update if ever you’ve seen one!). Along the way Folio Frivolity showed us that these bundles of artworks, designs, and reference materials sometimes turned out to be volumes instead, including a small collection of books between SD 1705/MS1776 and MS1782…

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Folio Friday – July

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. Also included is the final gallery of highlights from our “Folio Frivolity” Twitter series, which concludes today after six months of daily tweets from the folios!

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Another Helping of Folio Frivolity

A fresh instalment of the catch-up service for our Twitter-based Folio Frivolity series is here! That means a delightful gallery of new images for you to browse through at your leisure, compiled from a fortnight’s worth of daily details sourced from the Minton Archive’s Art & Design folios and tweeted out via our @MintonArchive account. (And, as always, here’s a quick link back to the first post in the series if this is all new to you!)

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Folio Friday – June

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; for the last four Folio Fridays we’ve also included an extra gallery of daily folio highlights originally posted to Twitter under our special “Folio Frivolity” banner…

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