Hamilton Kerr Institute

Fitzwilliam Museum

Archives held at the Hamilton Kerr Institute

Winsor & Newton Archive

The Winsor & Newton colourmen and artists' suppliers archive consists of handwritten recipe books, bound records of processes and shopfloor accounts (time and pricing for manufacturing their products), as well as miscellaneous details of their daily operations from the company's beginings in the early 1830s through to the twentieth century.

Winsor & Newton have permitted the Hamilton Kerr to digitise and index this information. An AHRC funded project photographed all the nineteenth century recipe and workshop manuscripts from Winsor & Newton: 87 hand-written books in total. This material is now available as a database which consists of a series of photographs of individual pages of each of the manuscripts, and a related database that indexes these images in considerable detail (by key words, materials, named individuals etc). This approach combines considerable flexibility and convenience in locating relevant material, together with the advantages of seeing the full manuscript text, along with notations such as corrections, interpolations and diagrams, as well as erasures.

The database may be consulted at a number of portals and this website contains an index of information which will give an indication of the type and breadth of information available.

See the project area for more information on this project and the archive.