National Museum of Art Lecture Series 2012: The Influence of Josiah Wedgwood

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  • Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 18:30 until 19:30

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The influence of Josiah Wedgwood

Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) is celebrated as a pioneering innovator not only in the history of ceramics but also as a retailer and a social reformer. He was, in the words of Gladstone, 'the greatest man who ever, in any age or country, applied himself to the important work of uniting art with industry'. In her lecture Gaye Blake Roberts will examine the influence of this remarkable man, including reference to Wales and its ceramics industry.

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. 250 years ago Josiah Wedgwood founded the Wedgwood company. 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.

Speaker: Gaye Blake Roberts
Gaye Blake Roberts is Director of the Wedgwood Museum. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Museums Association and is a renowned speaker and author on British ceramics.

£4 with National Art Pass (full price £5)

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Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 www.museumwales.ac.uk