This year we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To mark the occasion, and celebrate 70 years of dedicated service, we take a journey back into the Wedgwood archive. Join us as we travel back to 1955, when Queen Elizabeth visited the Wedgwood factory in Barlaston.
Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth’s 1955 Visit to Barlaston
If you take a closer look, you will see vases in the background with the Dancing Hours relief, this is another example of how ornamentation can be applied to create a beautiful and timeless Jasperware piece.
Barlaston is still home to our world-renowned Jasper material, which was created by our founder Josiah Wedgwood at the start of the Wedgwood journey all those years ago.
The Appledore pattern was gifted to the Queen during this 1955 visit. See the full Appledore set below in all its glory, along with Sir John Wedgwood.
History with the Royal Family
Fast forward to 1995, and Wedgwood was granted the Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Royal Households for at least five years.
Over the years Wedgwood has taken pride in commemorating significant Royal occasions, take this delightful example from 1953. Eric Owens modelled this portrait medallion of the Queen, in Jasper material, to commemorate her Coronation.