Museum Exhibition | Etruria at War: The impact of the First World War on Wedgwood and its Employees

Museum Exhibition | Etruria at War: The impact of the First World War on Wedgwood and its Employees

1 August – 23 November 2018 | 10am – 5pm | Free

During the course of the First World War, 168 men, roughly a quarter of the total workforce, left the Etruria Factory to fight. Facing continued shortages of men, material and markets, the Wedgwood Company persevered during these difficult years.

Using the Wedgwood Archives, it is possible to reveal some of the stories of the ordinary men and women who became caught up in the events of the War both at home and abroad. For those left behind, parcels of chocolate, cigarettes and woollen goods were sent to those men overseas; in return, many of the Wedgwood soldiers sent thank you letters back to the factory which reveal a little of their own experiences of the War.

In conjunction with these letters, and many other documents held in the collection, this exhibition aims to uncover the effect of the War on both the Company and its workforce.