Wedgwood and the WarAppetite 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 moving audio artworks created by artists which bring to life the personal letters of workers of Wedgwood from the trenches of World War One, as well brand new spoken word poetry and music, 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.
The Wedgwood and the War audio artworks will be on display as part of the Etruria at War exhibition at World of Wedgwood from 13 August until 23 November 2018. You can also listen to the artworks online here and they will permanently available on Soundcloud.
Zoe Waterman, Director
Ed Lewis, Sound Designer
Ben Moore, Music & Engineering
Benedict Shaw, Actor
Thomas Hunt, Actor
Arji Manuelpillai, Poet & Performer
Nixon Tate, Singer/Songwriter
Commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as 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.