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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.