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News and events related to post-Roman ceramics in archaeology. Please submit relevant items for inclusion to Comments may be posted by readers - for example if details of events have changed.

Monday, 27 March 2017

New Council members needed

Our Treasurer, Imogen Wood  as well as Council member Bryn Morris are retiring at the 2017 AGM. We are therefore looking for people to replace them. In addition, there is also a second vacancy for an Ordinary Member of Council. If you would like to become more involved in the running of the Group and are interested in standing for election to any of these positions nominations please contact the Secretary, Andrew Sage before the 8th April 2017

Reduced price copies and free downloads of Medieval Ceramics

MPRG is offering copies of its journal, Medieval Ceramics, for the bargain price of £1 a copy plus p&p. Volumes 1-7 and 10 are out of print but all others up to Volume 32 are available at this reduced price. 

If you prefer to view the journal on line or would like to see before you buy, Volumes 1-25 and Volume 29 are also available as free downloads from:

For ordering details please contact Sian Iles:

 The Group has recently collaborated with the Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group and Study Group for Roman Pottery to produce 'A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology'  which has been funded by Historic England. The Standard is available free as a PDF from:

or in a free paperback format, please contact Sian Iles if you would like to order a copy p&p free.

MPRG Conference 2017 Leicester 2nd-3rd June

This year’s conference, the ‘Ceramics of Drink’, will be held in Leicester in collaboration with the Centre for Historical Archaeology (CHA) on 2nd-3rd June 2017. We have not abandoned the pattern of a one-day conference alternating with a three-day but we thought the subject and collaboration with CHA may attract more papers and people than could be accommodated in one day. The AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd June and there will be a day rate for those who wish to attend for just one day. 

‘Ceramics of drink’ form a significant part of archaeological assemblages in Europe and beyond throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods. Pottery containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming, and consuming liquid beverages. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large-scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. They materialized drinking and social practices, with some undergoing significant transformations, and others staying the same.

This conference aims to explore the important social and economic roles that ceramics of drink filled and how they can be effectively studied by specialist and non-specialist researchers.

There is still room in the programme for papers please contact Meetings Secretary Lorraine Mepham ( as soon as possible.

Monday, 11 July 2016

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology just published!

MPRG are pleased to announce the publication of:

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology

This document was compiled by the three period-specific pottery study groups (Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group, Study Group for Roman Pottery, MPRG) and funded by Historic England with the aim of creating the first, comprehensive, inclusive standard for working with pottery. The Standard is intended for use in all types of archaeological project, including those run by community groups, professional contractors and research institutions.

This standard takes the reader through the various stages of an archaeological project, from planning and data collection through to report writing and archiving, with the intention of informing not only pottery specialists but also those who manage and monitor projects.

Hard copies will be available shortly from MPRG, PCRG and SGRP, please follow this link for a PDF copy:

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Production and Consumption of Medieval and Post-Medieval Pottery
from the South-West

Please find a programme for the conference below; a booking form and printable programme for this year's conference can be found on the Group's Facebook page which is publicly accessible even if you do not belong to Facebook.

for further information please contact Lorraine Mepham:

Monday 20 June: Great Hall, Taunton Museum
9.30 am

10 am
Welcome, by Steve Minnitt (Head of Museums, South West Heritage Trust)

10.15 am
Chris Webster: Taunton Castle

10.45 am
David Dawson: Characterising pottery production centres in Somerset

11.15 am
Mike Ponsford: Redcliff Hill and Bristol ware

11.45 am

12.15 pm
John Allan: Pottery made around the Blackdown Hills c 950-1550

12.45 pm

1 pm

2 pm
Pottery viewing (part 1)
There will be material from Glastonbury Abbey and Wells and Mendip Museum; post-medieval kiln waste and production from Somerset production sites, including Trudoxhill, Wrangway, Donyatt and NetherStowey; and a selection of pottery from the Kenneth J. Barton collection. David Dawson, John Allan and Mike Ponsford will offer commentary on the pottery.

3 pm

3.30 pm
Pottery viewing (part 2)

Conference reception

Tuesday 21 June: Brewhouse, Taunton
9.30 am
Maria Duggan: Looking out from South West Britain: long-distance links from the 4th to 7th century
10.00 am
Dan Carter:  The Verwood and East Dorset Potteries: A new approach to the study of the late medieval and post-medieval pottery industry in East Dorset

10.30 am

11 am
Lorraine Mepham: Town and country: the consumption of Laverstock wares

11.30 am
Bryn Morris: The Missing Link: North Devon pottery in the 16th century

12 noon
Alice Forward:A ceramic view of early post-medieval markets and mariners in the Bristol Channel

12.30 pm

1 pm

2 pm
Julie Edwards: South West, North West ceramic connections – finds of North Devon ceramics and maritime communications

2.30 pm
Ollie Kent: Tin-glazed pottery production at Brislington

3 pm

3.30 pm
Speaker to be confirmed

4 pm

Duncan Brown: The Gerald Dunning Memorial Lecture

Conference dinner at the Ring of Bells, Taunton

Wednesday 22 June
Leave Taunton 9.30am. Travel to Barnstaple Museum; view production waste from Potters’ Lane/ Exeter Inn etc, the kiln from Potters’ Lane and the Brannam archive (pattern books etc). There will be a short presentation of North Devon wares by John Allan. After lunch (not provided),a short walk around the town to see Rolle Quay, Potter’s Lane and the remains of Brannam’s works, including the showroom and the surviving kiln.Arrive back in Taunton between 3.30pm and 4pm.