Hackwood in the Wedgwood Archives

It is only in recent decades that the work produced by such eminent but hitherto shadowy individuals as William Hackwood has come to be appreciated. Despite the extensive documentation which survives in the Wedgwood archives, many writers, past and present, have failed to acknowledge the written evidence which clearly illustrates the extent of the valuable work undertaken by the ordinary factory personnel and artists. Victorian writers in particular all but ignored these employees, tending to extol at length the virtues and achievements of the factory owners. Even the celebrated Eliza Meteyard, the first biographer of the great Josiah Wedgwood, almost completely ignored Hackwood.

In these pages there is the opportunity to explore what Wedgwood actually thought about this 'unsung hero' through his writings.