Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wedgwood ... is back

In early 2009, Waterford-Wedgwood went into administration with debts of £4million. The iconic Staffordshire pottery brand, founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood, was in danger of disappearing.
It was touch & go, before American firm KPS bought it two months later.  

Yet, it is amazing to report that WWRD (Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood & Royal Doulton) - the name of the company these days - is one of the companies now chosen to produce official souvenir merchandise for the Olympics. Quite a revival.

From beyond the grave, Josiah (standing guard here at the Barlaston factory site) must be relieved.

However....  the future of the Wedgwood Museum (which is also on the factory site, and which Josiah is facing) has been placed in doubt because of the 2009 problems. Its exhibits may be sold off to pay the debts. Naturally, people aren't happy about that. See: Save Wedgwood Museum

3 comments:

  1. Hello Mark,

    I love your blog and this photo is fantastic! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me using it in a Powerpoint presentation I'm doing for my Honors in English Literature seminar. Of course, I would properly attribute it to you.

    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, no problem about that.

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    2. Great, thanks :)

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