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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Truth, Beauty, Power: Folio No. 1

Introducing “Truth, Beauty, Power”, a new series where we can share the wonderful details found within the Archive’s Christopher Dresser artworks with you. Every other month we’ll highlight one or more artworks from the Dresser Portfolio as detailed images, galleries, or interactive comparisons. We hope you enjoy them! You can also find out more about Dresser and his relationship with the company in our In Depth introduction to the series.
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The Horrors of Pressure-Sensitive Tape!

Hi everyone, it’s Minton Conservator Jess Hyslop again, here to relate to you a terrifying tale… A story so spine-chilling that it will haunt your waking hours and enter into your nightmares… A tale of… Wait for it…
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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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Attention Twitter Users – To The Polls!

A quick heads-up if you’re a Twitter user – we’ve just tweeted a couple of polls to find out which apprentice register names you like the best. They’re running for the next 7 days so check them out @MintonArchive.

08/08/2017 Update: Thanks to everyone who voted – the polls have closed and we can now reveal your favourite apprentice register names are… Hephzibah Churchman and Theophilus Broadgate. Excellent choices!