The Wedgwood Museum is also the repository of the Wedgwood Family archive, dating from the early seventeenth century. This includes the correspondence Charles Darwin. Darwin was the grandson of Josiah Wedgwood I, he also married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. Of related interest, then, is the discovery of the Galton-Darwin-Wedgwood pedigree, first exhibited in 1932, which has been found in the archives of Truman State University.
Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA FMA, Pro-Provost and Chairman of the Royal College of Art joins our supporters roll: “If the court case goes against the museum it will not only be catastrophic for one of the finest museums in the country but blow a hole through all our assumptions about the inalienability of collections held by trusts.”
Staffordshire Sentinel article on the campaign.
Two BBC News reports about Dr Tristram Hunt MP's meeting with Government Ministers to discuss the plight of the Museum.
Tristram Hunt MP will be meeting Rt. Hon Ed Vaizey, Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this week to
discuss the situation with the
Last week Sir Menzies Campbell MP, former Liberal Democrat Leader, said "It can hardly have been the intention of the statutory protection offered by the act that charities like the museum should find themselves in such circumstances…”. Sir Ming Campbell has written to Iain Duncan Smith to see if something could be done.
2nd July 2010
Hon. Dr Tristram Hunt MP (Member for Stoke Central and eminent historian) has written this article on the cultural importance of the Wedgwood Museum published in The Observer. Dr Hunt has been supporting the campaign in many ways, speaking recently on the BBC about the issue and raising the matter with Government Ministers.
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture
is central to our vision of a thriving cultural sector and this is an
outstanding example of how
When members of the Wedgwood family donated large parts of their personal collections to the Wedgwood Museum Trust over the course of the last two centuries, this was done as an act of social philanthropy, in the belief that the collection would be preserved for all future generations. New government legislation should not be introduced which can cause the subsequent break up and sale of this historic collection.
27th June 2010
The Observer: "Wedgwood Museum threatened by legal dispute over pensions" - Unique collection may be broken up and sold at auction, though former workers 'would not benefit'
Also read the recent Observer article by historian DrTristram Hunt MP on the cultural importance of the Wedgwood Museum - here.
21st June 2010
An exchange in the House of Commons, as recorded in Hansard:
Tristram Hunt: The Minister will know that the Heritage Lottery Fund was a major contributor to the award-winning Wedgwood museum in Stoke-on-Trent. He will also know that, as a result of Pension Protection Fund legislation, the museum is in real danger of closure and threatened with a dispersal of its collection and archive. Will he meet my hon. Friend Robert Flello and me, so that we can ensure that the Government have a proper solution to the impending court case?
Ed Vaizey: (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Business, Innovation and Skills); The hon. Gentleman is a distinguished historian who recently won an important history prize. This is an important issue which we are watching very closely, and I should be delighted to meet him to discuss it.
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