Monday, 2 March 2009

The Wedgwood Museum

The Wedgwood Museum, run by the Wedgwood Museum Trust, quite independent of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons since the 1960s is an outstanding museum – following a huge building project the museum was re-opened at the end of 2008. Contained within a contemporary building, it relates the history of the company, now in it's 250th year, and displays one of the finest collections of Wedgwood in the world. It also provides unparalleled research opportunities, bringing together dispersed Wedgwood Manuscript collections containing Wedgwood family documents back to the late thirteenth century and a wealth of information on the history of the company and of pottery in North Staffordshire.


Art Fund Long List


This year's long list of museums and galleries across the UK has been announced for the 2009 Art Fund Prize. Ten projects will bid against one another for the £100,000 grant, which aims to recognize and encourage originality and excellence at arts and heritage sites across Britain. The Wedgwood Museum is amongst the institutions on the list - due to be shortened to just four in May with a winner being selected on June 18th. Although Wedgwood has fallen into difficulties this year, it remains a leading brand in the sphere of home design and deserves recognition for its impact on the ceramics industry.


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