Minton's Ltd was founded in 1793 by Thomas Minton and operated until the 1990s.

The Archive includes hundreds of thousands of items – including original designs, drawings and pattern books – covering more than two centuries of groundbreaking pottery design, manufacture and production. Many celebrated artists and designers feature in the Archive, including Augustus Pugin, Christopher Dresser, Thomas Allen, John Bell and Marc-Louis Solon. It also includes the comprehensive records of Minton, Royal Doulton (the two companies merged in 1968) and a number of other firms taken over by Royal Doulton in the 20th century. The £1,500,000 paid by the Art Fund for the acquisition of the archive included a grant of £200,000.

This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

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