Philanthropy

As these pages have illustrated, Josiah Wedgwood was clearly guided by his Unitarianism, and was a strong believer in freedom, humanism, tolerance and rationalism. These principles clearly guided him through his family, factory and public life and underpinned his philosophy dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of progressive ideas. His interests embraced a wide range of topics from art and design, the improvement of transport by road and canal, cost accounting, education, factory management, new production methods, entrepreneurial activities and international marketing. Josiah was also a celebrated philanthropist, and this section focuses on his activities as a key player in the abolition movement, and as a paternalistic industrialist interested in improving the social conditions of his workers.