The Wedgwood Museum, the Art Fund Prize-winning Stoke venue dedicated to preserving the history of the cermicist and industrialist Josiah Wedgwood, has been named as one of the top heritage collections in the world by the United Nations.
The archive of more than 100,000 documents and manuscripts relating to Wedgwood joins a list of just 20 items and collections selected from British libraries, archives and museums representing the nation on a Memory of the World register formed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
“We made the application for inclusion in the knowledge that the collection was truly deserving of a place on the register, but it was still a huge boost for all of us at the museum when we found out our application had been successful,” said Director Gaye Blake Roberts, calling the news a “fantastic honour”.
“This is proof of the historical and cultural significance of the documents held within our archive collection.
“We are certain that the inscription into UNESCO’s Memory of the World register will encourage more people to come and make use of the rare, fascinating and enlightening archive material we have here.”
Other British representatives on the register include the Death Warrant of King Charles I and the Bill of Rights.