Wedgwood and the WarCommissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Appetite and the World of Wedgwood have worked together to invite artists into the Wedgwood Museum’s archive for a new project, Wedgwood and the War.
Wedgwood and the War is a series of audio artworks created by artists which bring to life the letters of workers of Wedgwood from the trenches of World War One as well brand new work which captures the sentiment and reality of war and our history.
At the time of the First World War, the Wedgwood Factory was based at Etruria. The workers were local men from the area. 168 men from Wedgwood went to war, affecting the factory, their families, and their fellow employees. 25 employees from the Company were to die during the course of the War, with another seven men succumbing to their wounds after their return. Many of the Wedgwood Soldiers returned to their old jobs at the Wedgwood factory, and for those too sick to return, the Company would support them financially during this time.
Each week the factory workers of Wedgwood would donate a few pennies of their own wages to the Wedgwood Parcel Fund, alongside donations received from the Wedgwood family and customers. Hundreds of parcels were sent to the men fighting in France and Belgium, and for those fighting further afield, money was saved for them to be given to the solider or their family upon their return.
The Wedgwood and the War audio artworks will be on display as part of Etruria at War exhibition at World of Wedgwood from 13 August until 23 November 2018. You can also listen to the artworks below and will permanantly available on Soundcloud.
Zoe Waterman (Director), Ed Lewis (Sound Designer), Benedict Shaw (actor), Thomas Hunt (actor)
Arji Manuelpillai (Poet & Performer)
Nixon Tate (Singer/Songwriter)
Benn Moore (Music & Engineering)
Wedgwood and the War is part of the year-long programme, Stoke-on-Trent Remembers, a series of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.