The High Court has ruled that assets held by the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent can be sold in order to fill financial gaps in the Wedgwood Group Pension Plan. There are some 7500 members of the pension plan, of which 3500 are currently receiving a pension.
This is a sad day for Stoke-on-Trent and for the nation’s heritage. The collection of pottery at the Wedgwood Musuem is an unrivalled, one of a kind collection that showcases the ingenuity and creativity of the ceramic industry in the UK.
Tristram is now seeking urgent meetings with ministers to assess the fallout from this decision.
A full press release on the judgement can be read at http://www.tristramhunt.com/web/WedgwoodPension.pdf