Art Fund working to save the Wedgwood Collection

  • 27 March 2012

The Art Fund is taking a lead in the campaign to save the Wedgwood collection following last week's decision by the Attorney General not to challenge an earlier court ruling that the collection can be sold.

The Wedgwood Museum, Staffordshire

The Wedgwood Museum, Staffordshire

The Art Fund is taking a lead in the campaign to save the Wedgwood collection following last week’s decision by the Attorney General not to challenge an earlier court ruling that the collection can be sold to contribute to the pension liabilities arising from the Wedgwood Company’s insolvency.

We are actively pursuing ways to keep the Collection intact and on public display without it being sold on the open market or requiring a public fundraising appeal. The Art Fund is taking legal advice in relation to the Pension Protection Fund’s plan to order the Collection’s sale, and is working closely with other interested parties such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and members of the Wedgwood family.


Director Stephen Deuchar commented “The Attorney General may now have removed the legal barriers to selling the collection, but this does not mean it should now be sold. We are determined to prevent it from coming on to the open market, and are urgently exploring ways to achieve this. We are extremely grateful to all those who have registered their concern and pledged support”.

This internationally important, UNESCO-recognised collection embodies the story of 250 years of British art and design, society, science and politics, as well as the history of the UK pottery industry. The collection is uniquely British, containing such gems as letters by Charles Darwin and paintings by Stubbs, alongside Josiah Wedgwood's greatest wares.

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