Wedgwood campaign hits £2m

The Art Fund's appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection has raised an incredible £2m in just three weeks, thanks to an extraordinary £1m in donations from the public and unprecedented support from major donors, trusts and foundations.

Three Wedgwood teapots, 1785–1955 © Phil Sayer

Three Wedgwood teapots, 1785–1955

The Art Fund launched the £2.74m appeal on 1 September with the aim of raising the final portion of £15.75m needed to save the Collection; £13m had already been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and private trusts. Just 19 days into the appeal, an exceptional wave of donations and pledges has brought the total amount raised to £2m – just three days after it was announced that public donations had raised £700,000.

The appeal now has until 30 November to raise the final £750,000 to save the Wedgwood Collection, a unique and irreplaceable collection including more than 80,000 historical pieces, works of art, photographs and archival material covering the 250-year history of one of Britain's greatest manufacturers.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'This is truly extraordinary in our fundraising history. Exceptional public support has triggered a tide of pledges of another £1m from major donors, trusts and foundations – bringing the total raised as of today to £2m. With just under £750,000 to go, we continue to talk to several further potential funders. 

'The remarkable affection and concern for the Wedgwood Collection has never been so profoundly visible as through the convergence of so many individuals, trusts and foundations. Every single donor in the community of givers should be immensely proud of the scale of what has been achieved to date.'

Donate to help us reach our final target and save the Wedgwood Collection. Every donation, large or small, takes us a step closer to saving this irreplaceable collection.

Venue details

Wedgwood Museum Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston Staffordshire ST12 9ER 01782 371900 www.wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk/

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Closed 25 Dec

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