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Old Chelsea

Chris Watkins has recently completed another study - this time on the subject of 'Old Chelsea' and again we have included this work in a new section under 'Shelley Study'. The pages illustrate 44 pieces in wonderful colour. Take a look!

Shelley Shop
A number of new items are available for purchase from the Shelley Shop including summaries of Annual Weekend talks. Over the coming weeks the website will be updated to include all the items and where appropriate they will be added to the Shelley Library also.

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. Read the latest report to 31 October 2016.

Home Page Slideshow
Our latest Home page slideshow features Queen Victoria - Wileman pieces commemorating significant events in her sixty three year reign and also pieces in the Victoria shape named after her. View the slideshow here.

Page Updates
The following pages have recently been updated:
- Noteworthy Lots
- Recent Events
- Shelley Shop - Reference Books & 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 is in Recent Events and in the June issue of the Magazine just published. 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.

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: