|the local history of Stoke-on-Trent, England||
Focus on - The Wedgwood Institute, Burslem
one of the ten 'most threatened' buildings in England and Wales
In October 2010 The Victorian Society released a list of what it says are the 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales.
It follows a public appeal by the charity to find the most threatened Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The buildings are in Leicestershire, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Grimsby, Liverpool, Manchester, London and Vale of Glamorgan.
In order to be on the list, a building has to be at risk, whether from demolition, insensitive development or years of neglect.
The Wedgwood Institute in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent has also been included on the list. Until recently, it was home to Burslem's public library, but closed two years ago due to structural problems, the society said.
the Wedgwood Institute is also on the English Heritage at risk register
The Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem
Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
"Until recently the Wedgwood Institute was home to Burslem's public library. In 2006 the council pledged money to restore this exceptional Grade II*-listed building but instead it closed down just two years later, without warning, due to structural problems.
The library's books have moved elsewhere and only small parts of the building are in temporary use.
Outside its highly decorative façade is a homage to work; above the main entrance is a figure of Josiah Wedgwood and elsewhere terracotta panels depict the different processes in the manufacture of pottery - this is a building which is crying out for a real use. In the meantime the structural problems will only get worse if urgent repairs aren't carried out."
Neville Malkin 13th July 1974