The Wedgwood collections could be sold to plug the £135m pensions deficit

Attorney-general upholds Wedgwood judgment

Patrick Steel, Issue 112/04, p9, 01.04.2012
Collection can be sold to meet pensions deficit
The attorney-general has upheld a high court judgment that the Wedgwood Museum’s collections could be sold to meet a £135m pension deficit inherited from the Wedgwood Pension Plan Trustee Limited, which went into administration in 2009.

A spokesman for the attorney-general’s office said: “After careful consideration of the judgment, and after taking advice from specialist senior counsel, the attorney has decided not to appeal.

“The trial judge gave the issues before him careful consideration and the attorney does not believe his interpretation of the relevant law could be challenged. He has also taken account of the representations made by Alan Wedgwood.”

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is in talks with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Art Fund, and the Victoria and Albert Museum about how to save the Wedgwood collection.

A DCMS spokesman said that although arts minister Ed Vaizey was determined to save the collection, the government was not in a position to pledge money to the museum.