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Exhibition to showcase history of Blythe Colours

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Exhibition to showcase history of Blythe Colours

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A POP-UP exhibition is to be held as part of county-wide celebrations for Staffordshire Day. Cheadle Discovery Group has teamed up with the Blythe Centre, Your Community Your Library, for an exhibition on Blythe Colours. The display will be launched at the volunteer-led community library on Saturday, May 4.

Blythe Colours, a history of colour making at Cresswell, will be on display for the Staffordshire Day weekend, with part of the exhibition to remain in situ for the remainder of the month.

Despite the closure of Cheadle Discovery Centre in 2018, Cheadle Discovery Group has continued to prepare historical and heritage displays at venues in the town.

The latest pop up display will be launched on May 4 at Blythe Bridge library from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Cheadle Discovery Group trustee and ex-Blythe employee Ivan Wozniak said: “The Blythe Colours exhibition organised as part of the Staffordshire Day celebrations has been made possible due to the co-operation of the Blythe library staff that have allowed the group to store and categorise the items.

“Several ex-Blythe Colours workers have also worked hard as volunteers on the project.”

After the closure of the Cresswell site in 2014, Cheadle Discovery Group inherited the archive of more than 700 items from the nearly 150 year old colour making company.

The unique collection includes hundreds of photographs, artefacts and other information charting the history of this famous company.

A major supplier to the pottery industry worldwide, its customers included many of the big names in pottery such as Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode.

Surprisingly, Blythe Colours also provided products to a wide range of other industries including plastics, glass, brick, automotive, and jewellery industries.

The exhibition will be of particular interest to ex-employees who can relive many happy memories. Ex-Blythe Colours volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions.

Burslem china painters will be demonstrating how the products once made by Blythe Colours were applied by hand painting to pottery and other activities are also planned to keep the whole family entertained.

For more information about the event contact the group via e-mail at contact@discovercheadle.co.uk, visit www.discovercheadle.co.uk or search www.facebook.com/discovercheadle.

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  • Brings back memories, my father used to work for Blythe Colours, we ended up moving to the Netherlands where he continued to work for them in Maastricht.
    Written by Jayne Massey, April 29, 2019 - Reply

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