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Thursday, 13 September 2007

Ticknall Conference

The Medieval Pottery Research Group (East Midlands) and the Derbyshire Archaeological Society invite you to a meeting on


To be held at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG

27th October 2007

Tickets: £13.50, buffet lunch £6

This conference and study day aims to highlight the Cistercian and Midlands Purple wares manufactured at Ticknall as well as exploring our current state of knowledge of these wares. A display of Ticknall pottery will be available for viewing and attendees are invited to bring along examples of Cistercian and Midlands Purple ware for display and discussion.

10:00 Welcome
10:15 Janet Spavold and Sue Brown: The Historical Background to the Ticknall Potteries
10.50 Anne Boyle: Cistercian and Midlands Purple ware in Yorkshire and the Midlands
11.25 Julie Edwards: Cistercian and Midlands Purple ware in Chester and Merseyside
12:00 David Barker: Cistercian and Midlands Purple ware in Staffordshire
13:45 Ian Rowlandson: Excavations at Church Lane, Ticknall
14.20 John Hudson: The Cistercian and Midlands Purple Ware Potters
14:55 Alan Vince: Chemical Analysis on Pottery from Ticknall
Tea/coffee and discussion and handling session
16:00 Finish

Click here for a booking form (word doc).

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Look East! Medieval Pottery from the Eastern Counties

There will be a meeting of the South East Midlands Pottery Research Group SEMPER (incorporating the East Anglian Pottery Group) on Saturday, 23 June 2007, to be held at the new offices of CAM ARC (formerly Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit).

The theme of the day will be medieval pottery from the eastern counties, in particular distributions, both within and without the area. This will be a good opportunity to hear what’s been going on in East Anglia – it is over ten years since we last had East Anglian pottery as a theme. We will also have a chance to view the pottery from the Cambridgeshire pottery project.

Please let me know if you are coming, either email or
by phone (01234–294005 or mob. 07870–980834) or write to Anna Slowikowski, Albion Archaeology, St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s St., Bedford MK42 0AS. Or just come along on the day! There will be a charge of £2 to cover tea/coffee and biscuits. Please bring along any interesting (or not so interesting!) bits of pottery for viewing – it doesn’t have to be from East Anglia!


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 11.10 Paul Spoerry - Introduction
11.10 - 11.30 Jane Timby - 'A Slice of Rural Essex. Archaeological discoveries from the A120 between Stansted Airport and Braintree'
11.30 - 11.50 Helen Walker - Essex
11.50 - 12.10 Sue Anderson – Recent work in Norfolk & Suffolk
12.10 - 12.30 Alan Vince – Petrological studies in the eastern counties
12.30 – 2.00 LUNCH (arrangements have been made for lifts to a near-by pub)
2.00 - 2.15 Hilary Healey – bricks, tiles and other curiosities
2.15 – 3.15 Paul Spoerry – the Cambridgeshire Pottery Project and Cambridgeshire pottery viewing
3.15 – 4.00 Other pottery viewing (pottery from recent excavations including, among others: Bedford, Bletchley, Stowmarket etc)
4.00 - 4.30 Tea and close

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Recent Research on Byzantine Pottery

A two-day Conference to be held in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the Great Court, the British Museum on Thursday June 14th and the Main Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute, London, Friday June 15th 2007.

The programme is available as a richtext file by clicking here.

The conference fee will be £15. Cheques payable to: The British Museum

Contact: Chris Entwistle, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; Tel. 0207-323-8724; email

Friday, 23 March 2007

Tudor Kiln Building Workshop

19th and 20th May
Grayhill Living History Site near Chepstow, South Wales, Uk

A hands on workshop building a wood fired pottery kiln of the style used by Tudor potters. Camping is available on site or a B+B list can be provided on request. We ask that you bring a packed lunch for each day.

Cost: £50 including all materials and construction notes. We hope to run a second workshop later on in the year to fire the kiln. Pieces to be fired will be most welcome subject to them fittinginto the kiln. Please contact Antony Witton (01727 861274) to book a place or for further details.

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Newsletter 56

The December newsletter has recently been posted and you can access it at

The UK Reference Collection page has also been updated, but please take some time to check your details are still correct: and let me know if there are any more changes to be made.

Monday, 1 January 2007

New look MPRG News page

Welcome to all MPRG members and non-members. This page is for news directly related to post-Roman ceramics, although other posts relevant to our members are also welcome. Please send information about courses, conferences, exhibitions, jobs, etc to for inclusion.