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Royal Academy calls for Wedgwood Museum to be saved

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/02/2012

Dalya Alberge

Christopher Le Brun and Tracey Emin are among a group of Royal Academicians calling on the government to prevent the sale of the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

Le Brun, the president of the Royal Academy, heads a list of 18 signatories to a letter published on Thursday in the Guardian. He writes: "I wish to bring to public attention the potential forced break-up and sale of one of the great British collections ... Once dispersed, the collection could never be put together again."

The museum's archive is one of the 20 items and collections chosen by Unesco to represent Britain on its Memory of the World register. But, in December, a high court judgment found that the museum had to be sold to cover a £134m pension deficit. As well as thousands of ceramics by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), one of the world's greatest pottery manufacturers, the museum has thousands of documents, along with works by George Stubbs and Joshua Reynolds - "fellow Academicians", as Le Brun points out.

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"Royal Academy calls for Wedgwood Museum to be saved", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2012. Consulté le 17/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/royal-academy-calls-for-wedgwood-museum-to-be-saved