Tuesday, 15 December 2009

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

"Movember 2009" - Fund raising for "The Prostate Cancer Charity - please sponsor my team.


I am part of a team of colleagues who have pledged to grow a moustache this year for Movember.  I have decided to put down my razor for one month (November) and help raise awareness and funds for men's health – specifically prostate cancer. 

What many people don't appreciate is that one man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK, more than 35,000 men will be diagnosed this year and that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.  Facts like these have convinced me I should get involved and I am hoping that you will support me. 

To donate to my Mo, you can either:

•    Click this link http://uk.movember.com/mospace/401940/ and donate online using your credit card, debit card or PayPal account
•    Write a cheque payable to 'The Prostate Cancer Charity - Movember', referencing my Registration Number and mailing it to: Movember - The Prostate Cancer Charity, First Floor, Cambridge House, Cambridge Grove, London, W6 0LE.

Movember is now in its third year here in the UK  and, to date, has achieved some pretty amazing results by working alongside The Prostate Cancer Charity.  Check out further details at: http://uk.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.

If you are interested in following the progress of my Mo, click here http://uk.movember.com/mospace/401940/. Also, http://uk.movember.com has heaps of useful information. 


Wednesday, 4 November 2009



A symposium to be held at the Wedgwood Museum - Winner of The Art Fund Prize and Museum of the Year 2009

The voyage of the Beagle took Charles Darwin to the other side of the Earth, seeking answers to the mystery of man's origins. Yet so often, his questions would lead him back to Staffordshire, to the land of his grandfathers, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin, and to intense discussions with his Wedgwood kin.

At the end of a year in which Darwin's bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of 'Origins' have caused this modest giant of science to be examined, the Wedgwood Museum-Winner of the Art Fund Prize and Museum of the Year 2009 - presents a symposium illustrating the evolution of the relationship between the Wedgwoods and the Darwins.


Museum opens 10.00am

Welcome and Coffee 10.15-10.45

10.45 Introduction by Alison Wedgwood

11.00am My favourite Aesculapius Gaye Blake Roberts, Director of the Wedgwood Museum, discusses the beginnings of the relationship between the Wedgwoods and the Darwins and the friendship between Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin.

11.45am "...No blue-printed plates like mine in Staffordshire." Lynn Miller, Wedgwood Museum Information Officer, assesses this statement by Josiah ll with reference to the Darwin waterlily pattern and other botanical prints of the early 19th century.

12.30-2.00 pm Lunch and an opportunity to view the award-winning museum galleries.

2.00pm "Get up your steam and have a ramble in Wales." Museum Archivist, Kevin Salt illustrates Charles Darwin's sorties into Snowdonia from boyhood to old age.

2.45pm "Near and Dear Friends" Deputy Learning and Access Manager, Sharon Gater considers the extent to which Charles Darwin's ideas were influenced by family members.

3.30pm Conclusion by Alan Wedgwood

Tickets cost £25 - Concessions £15 (Students, Seniors and Friends of the Wedgwood Museum). Ticket price includes lunch (please indicate any dietary requirements on the attached booking form).

To book your place at this unique event please forward payment and a completed booking form to:

Darwin Symposium
The Wedgwood Museum,
Wedgwood Drive,
Staffordshire. ST12 9ER

In light of postal disruptions bookings can also be made via email. Please email bookings@wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Thomas Wedgwood IV in "White Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles"

White Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles
ISBN13: 9781851494804
Antique Collectors' Club
Size: 8.75 in
x 11.25 in.
PAGES: 336
ILLUSTRATIONS: 205 col., 265 b&w
PRICE: $89.50

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· The first book on the subject in more than thirty years and the very first book to encompass salt-glazed stoneware in Britain, not just in Staffordshire
· Presents original research on the history of 150 eighteenth-century potters
· More than 400 illustrations; 200 color and 240 black and white of pieces in public and private collections, and previously unpublished archaeological finds
· In-depth account of Thomas Wedgwood of Overhouse, salt-glaze potter and elder brother of Josiah Wedgwood
· Includes a chapter on salt-glazed ware for the American market
White Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles is the first book on salt-glazed stoneware since 1971. This book is the first to cover salt-glazed production in the whole of the British Isles, not simply the production in Staffordshire.

Beginning with the introduction of salt-glazed stoneware into England by German and Dutch potters in the mid-seventeenth century, and John Dwight's patent of 1672, this book goes on to discuss in detail early industrial stoneware, the manufacture from raw materials to producing and decorating the pots, to marketing and distribution, and even the history of collecting salt-glazed stoneware. There is a chapter on the American market and the final chapter identifies, for the first time, a number of manufacturers who produced salt-glazed stoneware, attributions made possible by the excavations of pottery sites. Beyond that, there are five invaluable appendices with details of all manufacturers of salt-glazed stoneware identified thus far, price lists from the eighteenth century and an extensive bibliography.
Diana Edwards is a highly-respected name in the field of ceramics and is the author of numerous books on the subject such as Black Basalt and English Dry-bodied Stoneware (with Rodney Hampson), also published by the Antique Collectors' Club.

Rodney Hampson, an independent ceramic historian, has written four books as well as numerous articles and in-depth special studies on Potteries subjects. He was formerly Research Fellow in Ceramic History at Keele University and Joint Editor of the Journal of the Northern Ceramic Society.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

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The Trial of Charles I, By C. V. Wedgwood by Wedgwood, Cicely Veronica (1910-1997)
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Beckoning Horizon: the Story of a Journey Round the World, By the Right Hon. Wedgwood Benn and Margaret Benn. With 25 Illustrations and 3 Maps by Stansgate, William Wedgwood Benn, Viscount (1877-1960). Margaret Benn
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The Last of the Radicals-the Life of Josiah Clement Wedgwood M.P. by Wedgwood, C.V.
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Velvet Studies / By C. V. Wedgwood by Wedgwood, C. V. (Cicely Veronica) (1910-1997)
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The Selected Letters of Josiah Wedgwood / Edited By Ann Finer and George Savage by Wedgwood, Josiah
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The Wedgwood Circle, 1730-1897: Four Generations of a Family and Their Friends / Barbara and Hensleigh Wedgwood by Wedgwood, Barbara. Wedgwood, Hensleigh Cecil (1908-)
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The King's Peace 1637-1641 / By C.V. Wedgwood by Wedgwood, C. V.
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The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism / By Julia Wedgwood by Wedgwood, Julia (1833-1913)
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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Darwin biopic to launch at Toronto Film Festival

From the BBC, July 15th.

A British drama about scientist Charles Darwin has been selected to launch this year's Toronto Film Festival.

Creation, which stars real-life couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly as Darwin and his wife Emma, will open the event on 10 September.

The release of the partly BBC-funded film - out in the UK on 25 September - coincides with the 200th anniversary of the evolution pioneer's birth.

The Toronto Film Festival runs until 29 September in Canada's economic capital.

Directed by Jon Amiel, Creation explores how Darwin came to write his groundbreaking work On the Origins of Species.

The film shows the young scientist grapple with his wife's deep religious convictions and his grief over the death of his young daughter.

Links: http://www.darwin200.org/news/darwin-film.html

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Tom Wedgwood writes to Staffordshire Sentinel Re: Wedgwood Museum: "Don't thank the old management".

Don't thank the old management
Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
PRAISE TRUST: Mike Wolfe's praise for the staff, building and success of the Wedgwood museum is surely appreciated by all involved.
I'd like to add one caveat, which heaps even more praise on the trust, museum team and Gaye Blake-Rogers for their extreme foresight and diligence, but decidedly less on the old Waterford Wedgwood management.
The Wedgwood Collection, the archives and artefacts were actually put into a trust before Waterford took over in 1988, so let's not thank the old board for their one kind act, this was something the Wedgwood family, who had donated many of the artefacts for safe-keeping over the last century, worked very hard to make happen.
Waterford Wedgwood and its Irish owners would certainly have sold off the contents if Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd owned them, just as they have attempted with other collections. We, in the Wedgwood family, are absolutely thrilled at the success of the museum. My father Alan Wedgwood has been deeply saddened by the turn of events in Stoke and the one thing he has put his all into has been the museum. My grandfather's trust the C.T Wedgwood Trust, (although of course he was called Tom because we're not very original with names), helped fund the initial feasibility studies to attract the Heritage Lottery Funding – for this we are proud, and the museum is set to thank the family with a Tom Wedgwood reading room to honour the trust.
Be assured that the Wedgwood family will never desert Wedgwood, its collections nor those Stoke- based employees and ex-employees.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

New Wedgwood Website

The "Wedgwood Family Worldwide" site was set up back in 1996- hosted free by Geocities. In 1999 Yahoo, who took Geocities over some years ago announced that they would be closing down this facility. A new home had to be found. I have to admit at this point that hasty action on my part seems to have led to the loss of some of the old content as well. Much of it – Biographies etc – will be migrated to the new site at http://www.familyhistorian.info in due course. The Wedgwood Genealogical charts will not be carried over since they have in the most part been superseded by Philip Richards' comprehensive database which is now hosted here: http://www.familyhistorian.info/exciting.

Keep an eye on this blog for news of future developments.


Friday, 19 June 2009

Wedgwood Museum scoops The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries

Art Fund Press Release: 18/6/09

  • Museum celebrating iconic name of British ceramics claims £100,000 Prize
  • Internationally renowned collection covers 250 years of British creative, social and manufacturing history.
  • Win reaffirms Stoke-on-Trent's position at the heart of one of the UK's principal manufacturing traditions The Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent tonight won the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries. The prize was announced by Chair of Judges, David Puttnam, at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

    The judges, who included artist Grayson Perry and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, described themselves as 'bowled over' by the museum. They praised the way it uses its internationally-renowned collection to take visitors on a 250-year tour of British social, design and industrial history, while remaining firmly embedded in the local community.

    David Puttnam commented: "This Museum is extraordinary for so many reasons and we were all but unanimous in our decision.

    "The Wedgwood Museum brilliantly highlights the marriage of art, design, manufacturing and commerce; a marriage that resonates more today than at possibly any time in the intervening years. In every respect it fully meets our criteria of what a 21st century museum should aspire to be."

    Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director of The Art Fund, said: "The Wedgwood Museum magnificently celebrates the extraordinary achievement of Britain's industrial history. It is a richly deserving winner of this Prize, and its victory could not have come at a better time for the area, after all the uncertainty there has been over the future of the factory which still operates alongside the museum."

    This year the public was also a judge in the first ever People's Choice poll. Over 27,000 people voted on guardian.co.uk, also choosing The Wedgwood Museum as their clear winner.

    Owned and run by an independent charitable trust, the new £10 million museum is housed on the historic manufacturing site of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, and tells the story of one of the world's most recognisable consumer brands. Visitors to the museum not only see ceramics but also a range of manuscripts, documentation, factory equipment, original models and fine art related to this world-renowned ceramics company.

    Three other outstanding museums were shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, for its Centre of New Enlightenment; Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham and Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales.

    In addition to the cheque for £100,000, The Wedgwood Museum will also receive the Art Fund Prize Bowl, enamelled in silver by the craftsman Vladimir Böhm, which they can display for one year.

    The 2009 judging panel comprised:

  • David Puttnam (chair) film-maker and educationalist
  • Robert Crawford, outgoing Director General of the Imperial War Museum
  • Sally Osman, communications consultant and former Director of Communications at the BBC
  • Grayson Perry, Turner Prize-winning artist
  • Mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy
  • Maggie Semple, Chief Executive of The Experience Corps
  • Journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart

    This is the second year that The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity has sponsored this major arts prize, which is open to all accredited museums and galleries in the UK. The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries recognises and stimulates originality and excellence in museums and galleries and aims to increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer.

    Last year's winner was The Lightbox museum and gallery in Woking. Previous winners of the then Gulbenkian Prize include Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2007), Brunel's ss Great Britain, Bristol (2006), Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenafon (2005), The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art for Landform by Charles Jencks (2004), and the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law at the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham (2003).

    For more information please visit: www.artfundprize.org.uk


Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wedgwood Museum Art Prize - Please Vote

Dear All,

As you may know the Wedgwood Museum is in the final four for the
Museum of the Year Award. If you have not already voted please do so
now as votes must be in by midnight (GMT) on Thursday 11th June.

To vote follow this link:

It only takes a minute to vote and if people wish they can also leave
comments as to why the Wedgwood Museum should win.

Many thanks,


Monday, 1 June 2009

Emma Wedgwood and Charles Darwin Play

Sent to me by Mrs Alison Wedgwood:

"Calling all descendants of Darwin and Wedgwood and friends of Staffordshire Dr Alan Wedgwood (head of the ["Etruria"] branch of the Wedgwood family) has sponsored this play for one showing only at the Wedgwood Museum on 14th June, all about Emma Wedgwood and Charles Darwin and based exactly on their letters. He's saw it a few months ago and thought it was brilliant."

BETTER THAN A DOG” : The relationship of CHARLES and EMMA DARWIN (both grand-children of Josiah Wedgwood) dramatically revealed through their letters and journals.
Triumph and tragedy, humour and heartache all play their part in this extraordinary love story, which reveals the very private life of the very famous scientist and his sociable, devout wife


“Thrilled the audience ….. incredibly moving” Shropshire Star

“a totally different view of Darwin as loving father and adoring husband, with a great sense of humour” – Shrewsbury Chronicle.

Date & Time

June 14th at 4 pm

Tickets £20 including free entrance to the Wedgwood museum and refreshments.

Monday, 25 May 2009

“The Wedgwoods and the Doctors”

I came across this article today: Lionel Burman, 'The Wedgwoods and the Doctors', Medical Historian [The Bulletin of the Liverpool Medical History Society], No. 13, 2002-2003. The article can be accessed here: http://www.lmi.org.uk/medical_society/13/13Burman.pdf

Sunday, 24 May 2009

"If it's not 'Made in England', it's not Wedgwood"

Following this post quoting the Sentinel article by Thomas D. and Thomas R. Wedgwood I would like to urge all readers of this blog to show your support for their stand. Insist on English Wedgwood and make your feelings known.

Write to:

Customer Service,
ST12 9ES

Know your Back-Stamps:

Products Made in Staffordshire England" will be marked "Made in England."


Products outsourced and produced Indonesia will just have "Wedgwood England" with no explicit country of origin. 

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Saturday, 23 May 2009

Family Commemorations

Despite the sad loss of the last vestige of family influence at the iconic Wedgwood Pottery earlier this year – covered in this blog passim 2009 is very much "The Year of Wedgwood". Members of the wider Wedgwood clan will be interested to note that both the Royal Mail and Royal Mint have, in their own way, issued products which commemorate the achievements of two family members.

In January the Royal Mail issued a set of stamps, for general release and in collector's packs, in honour of Charles Darwin born two hundred years ago in 1809. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of his ground-breaking and controversial book On the Origin of Species (1859).

A few months later the Royal Mail issued a set of stamps dedicated to titans of the Industrial Revolution – our very own Josiah Wedgwood featured on the 50p stamp. I was pleased to be able to use this stamp to send out the 'thank you' for gifts given to our son Thomas for his Christening. This is surely the only time when consecutive special edition stamps have features a grandson and grandfather? Further, it must be noted that the Royal Mint has issued three different commemorative £2 coins: 1) "Brilliant Uncirculated coin", 2) "silver proof" and 3) "gold proof" for Charles Darwin which must be a similarly rare confluence of events. Don't forget that dear old Charles is also on the reverse of the Bank of England ten pound note so appearing on two currency formats at once must also be quite rare for a non-royal?

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel, poet and travel writer, and a double descendant of Josiah Wedgwood I, Chair of the UK Poetry Society 2004-2007 and currently Resident Poet at Christ's College Cambridge has been elected to the Post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Ruth is the first women to hold the 300-year-old poetry post. The appointment is for a term of five years, and chosen through an election open to all "members of Convocation." Her most recent book is Darwin: a life in poems [2009] a publication which marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, her great-great grandfather.

Simplified descent:

Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) + Sarah Wedgwood (3rd cousin) =

Susannah Wedgwood + Robert Darwin =

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) + Emma Wedgwood (1st cousin) =

Sir Horace Darwin (1851-1928) + Hon. Emma Cecilia "Ida" Farrer (1854–1946) =

Emma Nora Darwin (1885-1989) + Sir James Alan Noel Barlow

Hilda Horatia Barlow (b.1919) + John Hunter Padel =

Ruth Sophia Padel (b.1946)


Ruth Padel – Personal website.


[26th May] Ruth Padel has resigned the post to allow a re-election free of controversy. BBC: "Oxford Poet 'Sorry' over Vote Row."

Friday, 15 May 2009

"Indonesian production has no Wedgwood family support"

The Sentinel: Friday, May 15, 2009, 09:20

As workers at two of the world's most famous china brands come to terms with 225 more potential redundancies, members of the Wedgwood family are angry at plans to transfer more production to Indonesia. Here, cousins Tom R Wedgwood and Tom D Wedgwood argue that the policy of Wedgwood's and Royal Doulton's new U.S.-based owners is shortsighted and damaging.We are profoundly dismayed and angry at the announcement yesterday that there could be up to a further 225 manufacturing job losses at Barlaston. This is likely to be followed up by administration job losses as well.

Pierre de Villeméjane, chief executive officer of new owners WWRD may have used a velvet tongue to talk about "significant production remaining at Barlaston" but his iron fist is crippling production and in the long term threatens to destroy Wedgwood.

Let's get this absolutely clear. We, the direct descendants of Josiah Wedgwood, do not support the production of Wedgwood in Indonesia. It is not staying true to Josiah, his legacy or the excellence of ceramics craftsmanship in Stoke-on-Trent. Or let's put it another way – if it's not made in England it's not Wedgwood.

There will now only be around 150 employed in manufacturing Wedgwood in Staffordshire, compared to more than 1,500 in Indonesia. This is purely token manufacturing. Pierre and Michael Psaros, the boss at WWRD's parent company KPS, surely do not think that producing a few tableware lines and a few Prestige pieces in Stoke will be enough to fool astute global consumers? These redundancies will involve the loss of jobs in the Prestige special skills departments as well as the long-serving potters whose skills can never be truly replaced. It is a tragedy for the Potteries and for Josiah Wedgwood's legacy.

When we carried out due diligence as part of our bid to buy the company out of administration, the financial analysis proved that in the medium and long term it makes financial sense to develop the brand as a uniquely Staffordshire luxury product. It makes commercial and financial sense because consumers expect that when they pay £25 or more for a plate that it is designed, manufactured and decorated in Stoke. That is the only way consumers can guarantee they are buying the "unrivalled heritage" that Pierre hopes to cash in on. Why else would consumers make that purchasing decision when they know they can pick up 20 plates for a fiver made in China? We had hoped KPS had realised this. We'd heard rumours that all the media attention might have had an impact on their plans.

KPS are making a major commercial mistake. Wedgwood sales have gone through the floor. Yes, there is a world-wide recession, but there is a deeper underlying reason which Pierre ignores at his peril – suddenly, thanks to the media interest, high-end consumers in these markets have suddenly woken up to the fact that Wedgwood has a factory in Indonesia producing most of its core tableware and hollow-ware. Before January, most global consumers didn't know this. They honestly thought all Wedgwood was made in Stoke, and they've shown their disapproval by walking out of stores saying: "We don't want it." The cat is now out of the bag. Our greatest fear is that Pierre and Michael actually know this but don't care. They simply want to produce tableware in Indonesia and back-stamp it with Wedgwood or Vera Wang and "grow the hell", as they put it, out of the U.S. bridal market while playing lip-service to heritage to sell the odd Prestige piece. Their fundamental belief is that luxury consumers don't care. They're wrong.

Tell the world the truth: how much production will there be in Barlaston compared to Indonesia? Will WWRD still pretend it's made in Staffordshire? Why?

Friday, 1 May 2009

Wedgwood's 250th Anniversary 1759-2009

A bitter sweet day for the Wedgwood clan today (May 1st) as Wedgwood's 250th Anniversary is formally celebrated. 250 years ago today a young Josiah Wedgwood set up business for himself at the Ivy House Works, property rented from his cousins John and Thomas Wedgwood of the Big House, Burslem.

Despite the efforts of members of the family to buy the company when it went into administration in January, it was bought by Private Equity outfit KPS. Their new vision is for just the Visitor Centre and a small manufactory presence producing “Prestige Items”. Royal Worcester did the same – to no great effect.

According to the BBC, Lord Wedgwood, now apparently taking the KPS shilling, officially launched the festivities. The Award winning Wedgwood Museum, independent of the company and deserving of our continued support has set admission at a special anniversary entry price of £2.50 per person, instead of the usual £9.50, from today until Monday.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Genealogy Discussion List: Roll Call 2009

The Wedgwood Family Genealogy Discussion Forum has been quite active over the last few months. I asked members who could spare a moment to re-post their research interests to the list and have reproduced links to responses received so far - now accessible to all in the list archives:

John Wedgwood Pound (Me) - United Kingdom

John Wedgwood Cotton - USA

Margaret Surles - USA

Philip Richards - United Kingdom

David Wedgwood Brown - United Kingdom

David Wedgwood - Australia

Mary Temple - Australia

Allison Hutton – Australia

Andrew Lovatt – United Kingdom


If you would like to join this discussion forum – click here.

Wendy Jean Pound (1945-1993)

It was my aunt, Wendy Pound, who first got me interested in Family History. Tragically we lost Wendy to cancer in 1993. My late grandmother raised a lot for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in her memory, and I would like to raise some more. If any one who has found these pages useful over the years would like to make a donation, you can be sure it will be put to good use by this most worthwhile charity.


Donate online through my Justgiving Page: http://www.justgiving.com/wendyjeanpound


If you are a UK Taxpayer, don't forget to Gift Aid it.


Thank you.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Wedgwoods of Worcestershire

Submitted to the Wedgwood Mailing list:

Dear Louise,

Thanks for getting in touch - I am copying this to the Wedgwood
Mailing List (if you want to join go to: http://www.wedgwood.og.uk/). I
was intrigued by your query, not least because I live in
Worcestershire and know many of the places noted in this family

According to Wedgwood Pedigrees your branch is one the "strays" - a
branch with a conjectural unproven link with the main Staffordshire
"Trunk" of the tree. Wedgwood Pedigrees includes it in the
"Migration via Warwickshire"chapter - there are some high profile
fifteenth century migrants from Staffordshire to Warwickshire on to
whom many a stray branch as hitherto been pinned. Independent
migration from Staffordshire to the neighbouring (and very fine!)
county of Worcestershire is perhaps just as likely.

Philip Richards' work on updating and correcting earlier published
works has the Worcestershire Pedigree starting in the seventeenth
century. Perhaps one day it will be possible to pin down where this
branch links into the Staffordshire line, in the meantime a "Family
Report" produced using Philip's GEDCOM file can be accessed here:


Monday, 6 April 2009

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

"Wedgwood legacy is under threat"

Letter to the Financial Times Published online : April 1 2009 03:00 Last updated: April 1 2009 03:00

From Mr Josiah Francis Wedgwood.

Sir, KPS Capital Partners' plan to transfer the production of Wedgwood
china to factories in Indonesia threatens to destroy the tradition and
branding of a 250-year-old company, as well as an English Midlands
community ("Waterford's new owner to accelerate shift overseas", March
27). Even as an economic matter, it will work only if the craft skills
are available abroad among poorly paid workers, and if American
consumers are willing to accept deluxe English china that is marked
"Made in Indonesia".

The use of a "Wedgwood – England" trademark may disguise the new
source of production for sales in the UK and Europe. But for sales in
the US, source of origin is more stringently regulated, and each plate
will have to admit on its verso that it was "Made in Indonesia". The
first Josiah never travelled to Asia, and neither will his company's

Josiah Francis Wedgwood,
Potomac, MD, US

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2009

FT Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/da44c4d4-1e53-11de-830b-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1


Monday, 30 March 2009

WEDGWOOD FAMILY PRESS RELEASE: - Wedgwood Family reject CEO claim

Issued by Alison Wedgwood

The Head of the Wedgwood Family has expressed his anger at the
comments made by the new CEO of Waterford Wedgwood Pierre de
Villeméjane who was reported in national newspapers as saying " that
the deal even had the blessing of the Wedgwood family, who had told
him that they were thankful that the brand would continue. "

The new CEO of Wedgwood has not spoken to Tom R (former Director of
Asia Pacific), Tom D Wedgwood, Sir Martin Wedgwood or Alison Wedgwood
who have been instrumental in fighting to keep the Brand's key
manufacturing base in the UK. He also has not spoken to Dr Alan
Wedgwood, a former non-executive Director of Waterford Wedgwood and
the Head of the Wedgwood Family, or his wife Janet Wedgwood.

Tom D Wedgwood said today: 'The Wedgwood family would like to make it
very clear that it does not support any plan that moves manufacturing
of Wedgwood from Barlaston to Indonesia. We are particularly hurt by
KPS's claim that their bid has "our blessing". This is fundamentally
untrue and is directly against everything we have been fighting for in
the last three months.'

Dr Alan Wedgwood said: 'The Wedgwood family would be happy to offer
support only if they could be assured that production and jobs are
secured in Barlaston and the brand remains true to the spirit and core
values of Josiah Wedgwood.'

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Wedgwood Company Future

KPS Capital have succeeded in buying Wedgwood, all links with the
founding family have now been completely severed. Alison Wedgwood,
wife of Thomas D. Wedgwood who, with his cousin Thomas R. Wedgwood led
the Family Consortium which attempted to "Save Wedgwood", has asked me
to forward this message to you all with their THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

"Our Fight, Hopes and Fears for Wedgwood"
A Personal View by Alison Wedgwood – March 27th 2009

I just wanted to share with readers and the numerous employees and
ex-employees that have been in contact me my thoughts on what has
happened with regard to the Wedgwood family bidding for Waterford
Wedgwood. We made a non-binding indicative bid on 13th February. This
was co-ordinated by Wedgwood Partners Ltd, a consortium comprising the
Wedgwood family and a number of talented ex-employees, supporters and
professionals plus one regulated firm of professional advisors and one
FSA regulated fund management and corporate finance firm.

Due diligence had been taking place since the end of January, and was
ramped up in February when over a dozen legal, financial and corporate
specialists were in process of analysing all aspects of the potential
purchase. Rob Flello, MP and the union Unite have been very helpful
throughout this process.  The investors were gathered, but there were
barriers to finding all the information because certain aspects of
Waterford Wedgwood were NOT in administration and so data about these
firms, their role and their contracts with the rest of the group was
not available.

We spoke to staff in Peter Mandelson's Ministry, the Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform but they were unable to
assist in accessing this information because most of it was offshore.
The investors therefore could not proceed and make a binding offer on
large portions of the business they had not analysed and we could not
produce contracts and discuss heads of terms with the investors. I
cannot discuss any details of the contents of the bid because
non-disclosure agreements between Deloittes and bidders ensure that
everything that happens with regard to bidding stays out of the public

KPS announced they had come to a deal with Deloittes on Friday 27th
February due to "completion of overseas transactions". This has now
taken place and just as we feared it looks like KPS will move most of
the production, except prestige, to Indonesia.

Tom and Tom, the professional advisers, ex-employees, legal experts
and financiers worked weekends and through nights to try and secure a
deal that would ensure Wedgwood stayed in Stoke, producing outstanding
pottery for export around the world. We still believe passionately in
this goal and like the rest of Stoke, wait and see what an American
private equity firm working with many of the original senior managers
and Board of Waterford Wedgwood that brought Wedgwood to it's knees
can possibly do now.

For the real people in Stoke, the suppliers and sub-contractors owed
money, and the workers who signed legal contracts for enhanced
redundancy packages with the management in November last year, I feel
angry. They will be at the back of the queue when it comes to dishing
out any cash from the sale. I can only hope that we don't have even
more redundancies and, God forbid, if there are please can they be
done with dignity, not just a line of people left standing in the rain
waiting to be lead to the chamber/room.

It would seem that, just as in banking, reward for failure, a culture
of entitlement and managers who never accept responsibility is the way
of business and proves again the distorted global capitalist model
that has grown like an out of control monster these last 10 years. The
tragedy is that it's the workers who've put in 30 years of hard work,
growing a business, actually making real things out of the minerals
and clays of the area that really suffer.

The KPS business model will see many businessmen nodding their heads
in agreement: cut costs, streamlining, labour that is 85% cheaper in
Indonesia. Ironic when you consider that Deloittes admin staff are
charged out at £220 an hour and partners at £745 an hour and they've
earned over £3 million in fees over 3 months.

But will the KPS model work? I know that consumers in Japan are
dismayed to find out that the Indonesian factory even exists; I know
of an American who smashed his purchased item in the showroom when he
found out it was made in Indonesia. I know the owner of the only
Indonesian showroom didn't want to stock Wedgwood sourced from the
factory just down the road from her.  I know that Steelite and Dudson
produce outstanding ware in Stoke competing head on with low cost
producers overseas and winning outright. I know that the real pottery
craftsmen and women and their commitment is only found in Stoke. The
clay and bone ash is sourced around Stoke, and it has to be
transported to Indonesia. The skilled craftsmen are not expensive; the
pound is low. Anyway, the labour costs have not been part of the
problem, the supply chain and distribution networks organised by the
senior management are more to blame.  Tom D spent a month on the
production line in 2005 and knows full well where the wastage and
inefficiencies are.

I'm sure KPS know all this as well, and they are hoping that less
discerning buyers won't care about country of origin, won't care about
the 250 years of heritage, excellence, design and Josiah's legacy as a
marketing pioneer.  They're not proud of the Wedgwood history in
Staffordshire how it is intertwined with the Darwin's, the industrial
revolution, the Lunar Society, the strong Wedgwood women who were
instrumental in the abolitionist fight and the daughter of Josiah who
gave birth to one of the world's greatest scientists Charles Darwin.
But they should care, because they may find out that the Wedgwood
Collectors Societies and all the discerning consumers who aspire to
purchase exquisite china that represents 250 year of this heritage -
they really do care. Then what happens to global sales?"

-------- End-----

REMEMBER to continue to support the Wedgwood Museum, managed by an
independent trust. They have just re-opened a state-of-the art museum
at Barlaston. It contains one of the finest collections of Wedgwood in
the world, new research facilities and 85,000 archival items -the
Wedgwood Manuscript collection dating from the sixteenth century.


Saturday, 28 March 2009

Wedg(e)wood Genealogy Mailing List

A reminder about the Wedg(e)wood Genealogy Mailing List, this has been operating for many years, so do check the archives for past queries and submitted information.


Surname and Family Lists



Topic: the WEDGWOOD surname and variations (e.g., Wedgewood)

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Friday, 27 March 2009

The End of a 350 year Family Tradition

Despite the efforts of Thomas D. and Thomas R. Wedgwood to save Wedgwood as a Staffordshire based Pottery, Private Equity concern KPS Capital have succeeded in purchasing certain principal Waterford Wedgwood assets from the bankrupt group. The Wedgwood cousins had pledged to save local jobs – now many Wedgwood employees face a very uncertain futuire. The whole region's future is bleak – most ceramic production has now moved overseas. Only a handful of Staffordshire firms remain.

This marks a sad end to a venerable family tradition. Josiah Wedgwood & Sons was founded in 1759, however the potting tradition stretches back to Josiah Wedgwood's great-great-grandfather, Gilbert Wedgwood (1588-1678) who moved from Biddulph to Burslem upon his marriage to heiress Margaret Burslem, and took up the trade. Since that time, from father-to-son, in an unbroken line – until the resignations of Dr Alan Wedgwood and Thomas R Wedgwood from the firm; "No other family business is recorded as surviving in unbroken succession for so long"

Now, according to reports: "KPS will expand Waterford Wedgwood into emerging markets, transfer production overseas and cut costs" – oh dear, what would Josiah have said? I suspect his would have exclaimed his oft spoken retort "This will not do for Josiah Wedgwood". Your family agreed and they tried, there is no dishonour in that.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Charles Wedgwood (b.1872) Yorkshire

Hello there, thanks for getting in touch.

I think I have found him - Charles is from the Yorkshire branch.
Philip Richards, a member of this forum has done a huge amount of work
correcting errors in "The Wedgwood Pedigrees", details of Charles'
descent can be found here:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ds6rqsm_11gd5gm2dw This material is from
Philip Richards' database.

I hope this is of interest to you - do get in touch if you have any
further questions or would like to update us of what your branch of
the family has been doing since the 1920s!

Kind regards,


2009/3/25 Merv & Helene Wedgwood <woodie@onlink.net>:
> Is there anyone out there that knows anything about Charles Wedgwood born 1872 . He had sons named Albert,Charles, William,John,and Athur.I am the son of Albert in Blind River, Ont, Canada.
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Wedgwood 250

I know that members of the Wedgwood family associated with the recent bid for the old family firm have plans for a commemoration of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons' 250th Anniversary. In America advance plans are already in pace, Lord Wedgwood - a US resident and Brand Ambassador - is associated with the Commemorative Exhibition planned for Washington D.C. in the Autumn (or should I say "Fall"). The following information is from: http://www.wedgwood250usa.org/

The year 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of Josiah Wedgwood’s company founding in 1759. The Wedgwood-250 Exhibition USA Committee is pleased to announce its commemoration plans for a major exhibit and ceremony to take place in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The Wedgwood collecting community and the Wedgwood company are collaborating with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum and Society in staging “Wedgwood: 250 Years of Innovation and Artistry”. 

This exhibition will run from 3 October 2009 through 27 February 2010 at the DAR Museum and will showcase a broad range of select items illustrating the company's unique history and manufacturing. All eras from 1759 to 2009, the wide variety of clay bodies and designs, and the numerous categories of items produced will be represented, with the objects being drawn from North American private, museum, and celebrity collections. The program will also offer a monthly lecture series, presented by noted Wedgwood authorities, over the period of the exhibition. And there will be special prestige ware and commemorative objects for sale. 

In addition, a full-color catalogue, featuring all the objects in the exhibit, a Wedgwood historical introduction written by a famed author, underwriter advertisements, sponsor, benefactor and lender listings, and more, will be produced. This catalogue will be funded by sponsors and benefactors who will be duly recognized in both the catalogue and onsite acknowledgement board during this five-month exhibition. Donations starting at $100 are being accepted now. Those making a contribution of $1000 or higher will be invited to join lenders, celebrities, and dignitaries at the opening ceremony – an afternoon tea and private viewing – on October 2, 2009 at the DAR Memorial Continental Hall and Museum. The planned highlight will be the British Ambassador presenting a specially commissioned Wedgwood gift to the White House.

For more information on the event and how you may become a benefactor, call 703.437.7997 or email WSofWDC@aol.com. We welcome your participation in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone event.