The Wedgwood Museum Can Now Be Sold...

Josiah Wedgwood
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Stoke-on-Trent, Wedgwood Museum
Photo : Wedgwood Museum

20/12/11 - Museum - Stoke-on-Trent, Wedgwood Museum - We have already spoken here (see news item of 30/10/10) of the unacceptable threat hanging over the Wedgwood Museum, considered jointly liable for the deficit of 134 million pounds in a pension fund because five of its employees were affiliated with it.

The court handed down its verdict yesterday and authorized the sale of the museum collections. Is there still a way to avoid this scandalous action ? The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sent us the following statement : "This is an extremely unfortunate situation for the Wedgwood Museum and its outstanding Collection. However the judge has made his decision, based on the evidence, and we must respect this. DCMS has been following this issue closely for some time and will now work quickly to bring the key cultural organisations together to seek a viable solution for the collection which enables it to remain together and accessible to the public."

We hope that the British government will not allow this institution, founded in the late 18th century, to disappear and will be able to raise the 20 million pounds needed, corresponding to the estimated value of the collection. We can only wonder about the competence of British lawmakers who, in 2005 and 2008, voted for a measure with such dire results.
In the meantime, the Wedgwood Museum has made it known, via Twitter, that the museum was open as usual and that it was already preparing for 2012. Let us hope that their plans do not include the permanent closing of the museum.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 20 décembre 2011

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