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Minton Archive Index, 1860-1946

Addresses presented by employees, Registers of Apprentices


The Minton Archive - the name given to the archive collection of Royal Doulton plc, which preserves records of more than twenty companies - was generously gifted to the city of Stoke-on-Trent in March 2015 by the Art Fund. Since then work on this enormous archive has been taking place at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, where we have collected the entire archive together, arranged it and fitted it on our shelves.

The collection's Minton company records, containing well over 5,000 entries, were catalogued for the company by archivist Alyn Giles Jones over three decades. His excellent catalogue has now been placed online and you can view it, along with images from the collection, on the Minton Archive website.

Within the collection are a number of addresses marking important events for the Minton family and the company, such as a family member's coming of age or their entering into the firm. In these addresses the employees of the company were listed. The collection also contains apprentice registers where the names of Minton apprentices, and their parent or guardian, were entered. It is from these records that this name index is built.

About This Index

This index currently contains c. 6,900 entries.

The index contains the following fields:

  • Surname
  • Forename(s) or initial(s)
  • Date of occurance Entries in the apprentice registers almost always include the date of the commencement of the apprenticeship, noted here.
  • Parent or Guardian/Dependant Apprentice register entries also include the name of the apprentice's parent or guardian, which we have included as separate entries so that they can be searched for independently. This field ties together the parent or guardian entry to their dependant, and vice versa.
  • Residence
  • Notes or comments
  • Document date
  • Page no./section
  • Document reference number can be used to order the original document in the Archive reading room.
  • Repository The records are held at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives.


Access to the Minton company records is free if you make a personal visit to Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. You will need to join the Archive Service which requires a proof of ID. Full details of opening times, locations and acceptable proofs of ID can be found on the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives contact page.


We are pleased to acknowledge the work of our volunteers without which this online index would not have been possible.