Coopers' Initiation Ceremony, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

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Date:1960

Description:This ceremony was known as 'trussing the cooper'.

The newly qualified cooper was placed in a barrel, which he had made himself. The barrel was then filled with a mixture which contained soot, feathers, shavings, beer and treacle.

The barrel was rolled around the workshop before the cooper was taken out and tossed in the air three times. He was then presented with his indentures. Inside the barrel is apprentice, Gerald Frost. Standing to the right is Frank Herriman, the last cooper to be employed by Wedgwood when he retired at Christmas 1974.

At the Wedgwood factory pottery and china was packed into straw-filled barrels for transportation.


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1930s
Model of the New Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston,
Model of the New Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston,

Model of the new Wedgwood factory and estate at Barlaston. Josiah Wedgwood (1730 ...

1950s
Aerial View of the Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,
Aerial View of the Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795) began his apprenticeship as a potter in 1744. He ...

1970s
Cooper's Workshop, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,
Cooper's Workshop, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

Frank Herriman was the last cooper to be employed by Wedgwood. He retired at Christmas ...

1990s
Applying Designs by Machine, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,
Applying Designs by Machine, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

Applying designs to plates at Wedgwood by the use of a multi-bump machine. Josiah ...

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Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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