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Tristram Hunt

The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain

Tristram Hunt

Sunday, 31 October 2021

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Former MP, historian and now director of the Victoria and Albert Museum Dr Tristram Hunt talks about his new biography of the great designer, entrepreneur, abolitionist, and beacon of the Industrial Revolution Josiah Wedgwood.

Hunt describes Wedgwood as ‘the Steve Jobs of the 18th century’. He revolutionised the production of ceramics from his workshops in Stoke-on-Trent by joining technology, design, manufacturing efficiency and retail flair. He also campaigned for free trade and religious toleration, and created the ceramic ‘Emancipation Badge’ that became the symbol of the abolitionist movement.

Hunt was a senior lecturer in British history and has written several books including The English Civil War: At First Hand and The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels. He was MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central between 2000 and 2017 when he helped to raise £15.75 million to transfer the Wedgwood Museum collection to the V&A to be held for the nation in perpetuity.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland