It was just one short year ago that the Wedgwood Museum Collection saved its massive collection of 80,000 ceramic works. When the organization was faced with a £15.75m pension bill, donors in Britain helped bail out the institution and save its collection from being dispersed.
Those dark days are behind the museum. This summer, free of the bills and backed by government funds, the museum was able to open a veritable theme park dedicated to Britain’s “potter to the world,” Josiah Wedgwood. In July the “World of Wedgwood” in Stoke-on-Trent opened it’s doors to the public, according to the Telegraph. Located on the Wedgwood estate, the site features a factory tour, a design studio, a master craft studio where visitors can try their hand at ceramics, and a collection of more than 3,000 artifacts that date back to the company’s founding in 1759.
After seeing photographs from the museum, we believe the new £34 million museum was deftly executed. We think the museum strikes the perfect balance between deference with history and playful accessibility.
Bill Rodgers is the General Editor of CFile.
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