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Chris Watkins has recently completed a study of 1920's Vase shapes and patterns and with his kind permission we have added a new section under 'Shelley Study' to include this work. The pages illustrate 774 pieces featuring 24 shapes with 121 separate patterns and there is an analysis of the most popular combinations at the end. Take a look!

Annual Report to Charities Commission

Although we are no longer required to produce detailed accounts to the Charities Commission, we do provide an annual report on our aims and activities. The latest report to 31 October 2016 may be read here.

Home Page Slideshow
Our latest Home page slideshow features people and pieces from the Shelley Group Annual Weekend 2017. View the slideshow here.

Page Updates
The following pages have recently been updated:
- Noteworthy Lots
- Recent Events
- Shelley Shop - Giftware Items
- Other Sites of Interest

Shelley Group Annual Weekends 2017 & 2018

Another very successful Shelley Group Annual Weekend has come and gone and plans are already in hand for next year's event. Full coverage of this year's weekend will feature in the June issue of the Magazine and will be posted on the website next month. In the meantime, those of you who attended last weekend will have been inspired by our guest speaker, Keith Brymer Jones, and a link to his website (and videos!) may be found on the 'Other Sites of Interest' page. Take a look.
As announced, the 2018 Annual Weekend will again be at the Holiday Inn, Telford. Please note the
CORRECT DATES are from Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April 2018. Make a note in your diary now and BE THERE!

New eBooks
Our Bookshop and Library pages now feature two new eBooks which are available to download or read on line - 'A Chintz Project' by Peter Porrazzo and 'A Guide to Shelley/Wileman Miniature Cups and Saucers" by Ron Hoffman.The books are available to Shelley club members only and access is password protected. Members may apply via email to to obtain the necessary password.

New Cup Shapes
Two new cup shapes have been discovered recently. See the ADDENDUM at the bottom of the Cup Shapes page.

Shelley Pattern Books

View of reding room and pattern books
The Wileman and Shelley pattern books are now available to view for research in Stoke on Trent City Archives having been stored away from general view for more than eight years,. The 32 books form part of the “Minton Archive” amassed by Royal Doulton from its pottery company acquisitions over many years. An online catalogue is being prepared with assistance from the Group and the Shelley section will be in the form of a list of the books, detailing the pattern numbers covered, with date ranges where possible. It is only a list without pictures or page details. This is to aid researchers in selecting the specific books required to view. Before planning a visit to the Archive, carefully read the information and conditions from the web sites below.

The City Archives can be contacted on 01782 238420 and email: For opening hours and other details please visit:

Planning a visit is explained here:

and if you are unable to visit the City Archives in person there is a Research Service, which is explained here: