Wedgwood workshops focus on the Great War and Slavery

Date Posted: 24/06/2013

The Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent has launched two new workshops for school groups; the first aiding understanding of the horrors of the Great War, and the second highlighting the attempts to abolish slavery.

Letters from the trenches

With links to English, Art, History and Citizenship, the ‘Letters from the trenches; workshop is designed to aid pupil’s understanding of horrors associated with the Great War.

During the 1914 to 1918 war, employees at Wedgwood’s Etruria works set up a fund to send soldiers parcels to their colleagues in the trenches.

School groups can read their letters of gratitude and learn about the experiences of these ordinary men and women.

Josiah Wedgwood and the abolition of slavery

Slavery was rife in the time of Josiah Wedgwood I and in this workshop students will learn about slavery and attempts to abolish it.

In 1787, Josiah Wedgwood became a member of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery.  Although he contributed to the cause in many ways, the most significant was in the production at his own cost, of a slave cameo featuring a kneeling slave and the motto: “Am I not a Man and a Brother”.

He and his family also did what they could to abolish the transportation of slaves and their forced employment in sugar and tobacco plantations. 

The workshop will prompt students to think about a social evil they would wish to abolish, designing and making a symbol of their own to use in their campaign.

School trip information

Teachers planning a school trip to the Wedgwood Museum should contact the education department for more information about its workshops, talks and preview events.

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Photo credit: Slave Medallion 1787. Image by courtesy of the Wedgwood Museum

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