Introduction

  • The Wedgwood Family Tree, This family tree shows the relationship between the family members featured in Lives of the Wedgwoods
  • The Wedgwood Family Tree, This family tree shows the relationship between the family members featured in Lives of the Wedgwoods

Josiah Wedgwood is rightly celebrated as a pioneering innovator not only in the field of ceramics, but also as a social reformer. His pioneering and innovatory spirit has been a characteristic of the Wedgwood family through successive generations, and this Discovery Pack details the lives of some of the significant family members through the collections of the Wedgwood Museum.

'Lives of the Wedgwoods' is organised into chapters by successive generations of the Wedgwood family. Josiah Wedgwood and his wife Sarah are hereby considered the first generation - although it was Josiah's great-grandfather who actually started the pottery business at the Churchyard Works in 1656. Josiah was born into a family of potters, but he and Sarah established a dynasty. Every generation since Josiah's death in 1795 has yielded family members who have, in one way or another, been involved in the factory and its business, or have made outstanding achievements in public life.

In this Discovery Pack, the lives of some family members as industrial innovators, as pioneers in other areas, and as social reformers are explored in more detailed sub-topics to the main biographies.

'Lives of the Wedgwoods' is by no means a comprehensive record of all family members. The individuals included here are those whose lives can be illustrated through items in the collections of the Wedgwood Museum. Some of the family members featured do not have the surname 'Wedgwood' as they are the spouses or descendants of female family members.

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