27 February 2014
The winter period is a good time for digitizing. With fewer visitors we can work on the photography, digital photo correction, uploading and text review of the database. This month we worked on the English clay pipes, mostly the modern pipes made by Pollock & Co and the workshop of Eric Ayto. Although we bought these pipes 'brand-new' from the factory between 1950 and 1980, these are now already sort of antiquities, only to be found in a curiosity shop. With these acquisitions at the original source, the origin and dating is for 100% sure and registered. These pipes are never on view in the museum, but who knows what we'll do in 50 years. For the time being this is only study material, now available for everybody through our database.
The English pipe industry, once a major industry in the UK, died out in the twentieth century without a trace. Pollock from Manchester is the last industrial manufacturer, for the rest a few private workshops produced a marginal selection on a non-commercial base. Only from the workshop of Eric Ayto some documentation exists due to our own photo coverage.