Wedgwood Museum may need to sell collection

  • 21 December 2011

The Art Fund is extremely concerned at the possibility that, following the recent ruling, the Wedgwood Museum Trust might have to sell works from its exceptionally important collection.

The Wedgwood Museum, Staffordshire

The Wedgwood Museum, Staffordshire

Earlier this week the High Court ruled that the Wedgwood Museum collection is not protected in a trust and therefore can be sold to help pay off the Museum Trust’s pension liabilities

We are extremely concerned at the possibility that, following this ruling, the Wedgwood Museum Trust might have to sell works from the Museum’s exceptionally important collection. This world-class collection of ceramics, works of art, original models and archival material is one of the most significant single holdings of industrial history in the world, and was recognised as such by UNESCO earlier this year. The Art Fund will be be keeping in close touch with the DCMS, the HLF and other stakeholders to explore ways of keeping the collection intact and accessible to the public.

About the museum

The winner of the 2009 Art Fund Prize, the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent is at the heart of the area known as The Potteries and is home to one of the most important ceramic collections in the world. The gallery tells the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded over 250 years ago. Since 2008 the Museum has been housed in a purpose-built state-of-the-art building to show off its wonderful collection to best effect.

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