Dissent

Like many of the entrepreneurs at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, Josiah Wedgwood was a Dissenter, a member of the Protestant Unitarianism sect. Unitarians believe strongly in freedom, humanism, tolerance and rationalism – principles that clearly guided Josiah through his family, factory and public life. Josiah was both strict and tender-hearted in equal measures. His religious beliefs underpinned his philosophy dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of progressive ideas, strong marriages, well-educated children and a disciplined workforce.

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Letter from Josiah lamenting a declining interest in dissent, © Wedgwood Museum

Letter from Josiah lamenting a declining interest in dissent
© Wedgwood Museum