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Minton Archive saved

One of the great archives of industrial Britain has been saved with help from the Arts Fund. The ceramics company, Minton's Ltd was founded in 1793 by Thomas Minton and operated into the 1990s. The Archive includes thousands of items including original designs, drawings and pattern books. As well as the records of Minton, the collection also includes items from Royal Doulton and other companies taken over by Royal Doulton over the course of the 20th century.

The Archive will be managed and made publicly accessible by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council Joint Archives Service.

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Posted on: Thursday, 9th April 2015
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100 years of the Coca-Cola bottle

Although Coca-Cola had its origins in an Atlanta pharmacy in 1886, it was not until 1915 that the classic glass bottle was introduced. By that time, the success of the soft drink had generated many imitators. The specially commissioned design was an attempt to differentiate the product from copycats and to reinforce the brand. In which task Coca-Cola have undoubtedly been successful.

Follow this link to see how the company is celebrating the centenary and for more about Coca-Colas history and heritage.

Posted on: Thursday, 9th April 2015
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Unilever Archives launches online catalogue

Based at Unilevers premises in Port Sunlight, Unilever Archives preserve and provide access to the companys rich historical records. Unilever was formed in 1930 by the merger of Lever Brothers Ltd and the Dutch-based Margarine Union. Among the collections there is material for businesses such as the United Africa Company, Colmans, Walls and Lipton, and brands such as Persil, Pears, Lux, PG Tips and Marmite.

Now, for the first time, external researchers will have access to over 71,000 online descriptions of the records in the collection. Work continues to expand the available descriptions. To begin exploring Unilevers archives, please click on the link below.

Posted on: Wednesday, 18th March 2015
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Barclays history goes online

Barclays Group Archives have launched a new resource, making thousands of items from the archives freely available online. These include branch photographs, advertising material, annual reports and a selection of other weird and wonderful items amassed over the years. The website also includes a wealth of information on Barclays history around the world, and will be of interest to serious scholars, casual browsers and Barclays employees alike. 

Based in Manchester, the Barclays archive has been accessible to visitors, by appointment, for the last 25 years. This initiative brings the collection to a worldwide audience for the first time, opening up a treasure trove of history.

The Barclays Group Archive website can be seen at

Posted on: Friday, 6th March 2015
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Conserving canal records

The National Archives is richly endowed with transport records, especially for railways and canals. However, like many of the other records in their care, these sometimes require conservation. A recent blog on The National Archives website offers a behind the scenes look at how work was carried out on minute books of the Regents Canal & Dock Co. For fuller details and photographs take a look at the blog.

Posted on: Thursday, 26th February 2015
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