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With the Black Lives Matter movement making headlines around the world, we’ve been having a lot of questions and requests about our Slave Medallion and Josiah Wedgwood’s early involvement in the abolitionist movement here in Britain.

Since the museum opened in 1906 we have attracted lots of famous people from many different walks of life. We’ve had famous actors and actresses, celebrities, and our fair share of royal visits.

Our largest object, by far, has to be our Wedgwood Fire Engine.

Nothing could devastate factory production, or risk the lives of employees, so much as fire on the works. Josiah I therefore ordered a ‘one-third’ sized fire engine from Samuel Phillips, engine maker of New Surrey Street, Blackfriars, London, in October 1783. The total cost of the fire engine including fixtures, fittings and transport to the Etruria factory, was £58 18 shillings and 3 pence.

We have a few, including this rather interesting cat ashtray. Available with either a black or a silver lustre coloured cat, this quirky feline was first put into production in the 1930s. Do you recognise it? We’d love to see a real example of it!

That one of the secrets that we hold in the archives is that we have several catalogue plates engraved by William Blake for Wedgwood ware.

The oldest object in our collection is our ammonite. These ancient marine creatures lived in the sea between 240 to 265 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs.