The Medieval Pottery Research Group annual conference was attended by Lorraine Mepham and Jessica Tibber at Doncaster Museum on Saturday 7 June 2015.
Papers were presented by Gareth Perry (Sheffield University), Imogen Wood (Exeter University) and Paul Blinkhorn (Independent Specialist) alongside many other interesting speakers. Topics covered a broad range, from grass marked ware pottery production in Cornwall from the 4th–11th century, to evidence for Atlantic connections in Late Antique and early medieval imports to Western Britain. A paper entitled ‘Early Anglo-Saxon Pottery in South-East England. Progress and potential’ presented by Ben Jervis (Cardiff University), had a contribution by our own Lorraine Mepham.
There were opportunities to network and view the Doncaster pottery collections, some of which were laid out by local Sheffield specialist Chris Cumberpatch. Alongside this was a tempting book stall selling MPRG journals and commercial unit publications.
MPRG was founded in 1975 to bring together people with an interest in the pottery vessels that were made, traded, and used in Europe between the end of the Roman period to the 19th century from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, as well as post-Roman ceramic building materials. Anyone with an interest in joining should go to the website www.medievalpottery.org.uk for more details.
by Jess Tibber - Finds & Archives Supervisor