The Wedgwood Museum


The archive contains some 80,000 documents in four groups: 

  • the Etruria Collection– the letters of Josiah Wedgwood and records gathered from the factory at 1906;
  • the Liverpool Collection – originally bequeathed (to the Liverpool Museum)  by the Liverpool antiquarian Joseph Mayer, who acquired the material on the death of Josiah Wedgwood II in 1843;
  • the Mosely Collection -  mostly family documents, donated by the great-great granddaughter of Josiah Wedgwood, Mrs William Mosely;
  • the Barlaston Collection -  the Barlaston  Wedgwood factory records dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.  A detailed catalogue is available in PDF format.

The Etruria and Liverpool collections comprise some 60,000 documents. 

The Museum Trust is the custodian for the Wedgwood company pattern books, which include the surviving design records for Wedgwood and the subsidiary companies.

In addition the library contains approximately 5,000 publications, ranging from two-page pamphlets to multi-volume works, including a number of books from Josiah Wedgwood’s own library.


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Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST12 9ER

01782 282986

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