Tuesday 2 September 2014

Wedgwood Appeal

In 2009 The Wedgwood Museum won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. In the same year the historic firm Waterford Wedgwood plc, which owned the brand names Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Waterford Crystal, called in the receivers (CLICK). Even worse news is that the firm's £134m pension debt was transferred to the Museum Trust. So this great museum's invaluable collection is to be sold off to pay the firm's pension bill! Yesterday the Art Fund launched a public appeal to save the collection. It already has £13m, but needs to raise a further £2.7m by 30 November. Shown is a detail from The First Day's Vase. CLICK for a BBC video of the museum.


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