Posted by: tilesocorguk | November 26, 2009

Register your support for the Minton Archive

A message from the Art Fund:-

“A forgotten national treasure, the Minton Archive is one of the greatest industrial archives in Britain. A vast collection of papers and drawings, the archive documents two centuries (1793-1968) of innovative design, manufacture and production by the pottery company, Minton. Minton was merged with Royal Doulton in 1968. Royal Doulton was acquired by Waterford Wedgwood UK PLC in 2005.

The Minton Archive contains exquisite drawings by artists such as Augustus Pugin, Christopher Dresser and Louis Solon, original pattern books, business ledgers and other paperwork relating to the firm and similar records from Royal Doulton and other smaller potteries. The archive has great artistic, heritage and social value to the nation.

Waterford Wedgwood, the owners of the Minton Archive, went into administration on 5th January. Much of Waterford Wedgwood, including the Minton Archive, has since been bought by KPS Capital Partners, a New York based private equity firm. The archive’s future is unclear. The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity which exists to make sure that everyone has the chance to enjoy great art, believes that the archive should remain intact and in the public domain. We are in ongoing discussions with the new owners and are making the case for this significant archive to be secured for public interest and enjoyment.”

Please register your support

Please note that TACS is not responsible in any way for this campaign.



  1. We live in a 120 year old farmhouse in North Wales when we bought it just over twenty years ago the old dairy had a large wall of minton and hollins tiles in blue and white we have been told its a pineapple design , In the centre is a panel of nine tiles that is a picture of a maid with a butter churn , unfortunately they were enbedded in some very hard concrete ,as we had to remove this wall for the renovations we were able to remove her in one piece and over a few years we managed to remove the tiles of the hard backing , She is now in our porch and we managed to salvage most of the borders to go around her , we still have a number of the plain, blue and white and edging tiles in our garden shed ! if you would like some photo`s l would be happy to send them to you

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