Michelin Launches Archives Site
Michelin has launched The Michelin Archive website (archives.michelin.co.uk) and it is inviting people to share their own memories of company life.
The site has been created to showcase the archive collections that Michelin has built up since it first located its factory in Stoke in 1927.
It features a wealth of photographs from Michelin’s 90-year history in Stoke-on-Trent - from Christmas parties and shopfloor scenes to parades, sports and social events.
The website is the result of collaboration between Michelin and Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, where the company has stored its rich heritage and where volunteers who worked at the factory are helping Michelin bring the stories it contains to life.
Christine Reynolds, UK heritage manager for Michelin in the UK, said: “It’s very rare that you talk to anyone from Stoke-on-Trent who hasn’t got some connection with the Michelin factory - either directly or through friends or family.
“I would urge everyone to visit the website to see for themselves some of the lovely and unique pictures on there and to see if they can spot anyone they know.
“There are some fascinating scenes, including employees undergoing radiant lamp therapy to get rid of colds, and pictures of the full-time Michelin fire crew and fire station from years gone by. A selection of internal documents and magazines are also available, so the archive is a valuable social history record as well.
“Michelin has been manufacturing in Stoke-on-Trent for 90 years, and it would be marvellous if visitors to the site could share their own Michelin memories and pictures via the blog section.”
Chris Latimer, city archivist, added: “Michelin is such an integral part of the City’s industrial and social landscape that we were delighted to work with the company to house its archive and provide space for the volunteers to help us understand and publicise it.
“People will be able to see the content on the site grow and expand as we catalogue the 200 boxes of materials. We’ve already started on the company magazine which carries hundreds of names and photographs of employees and their families.”
To keep up to date with the site’s expansion, or to contribute memories to the blog, visit archives.michelin.co.uk.
Any former Michelin employees interested in volunteering to help catalogue the archive, please contact Christine Reynolds on 01782 402000.
Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing, distributing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle. It also offers innovative business support services, digital mobility services and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 countries. The Group also has a Technology Centre, responsible for research and development, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)