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Shelley Study - 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 several 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: