The registered design series
The National Archives holds the records of almost 3 million designs dating from 1839 to 1991. These are designs that were registered for copyright under a series of Acts of Parliament from 1839 onwards. As part of the registration process the person or company applying for copyright had to submit a ‘representation’ of the design – a sample, drawing, or photograph. This process resulted in an amazing collection of designs, which includes the decorative arts – ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, glass, metalwork, and wood – as well as ‘useful’ designs, or inventions.
The registered design display in the gallery
The display comprises a selection of the ceramic design representations held by The National Archives exhibited alongside examples of the final ceramic products produced according to the design.