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Medieval Pottery Research Group Annual Conference 2013

8th June
Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The opening of the new Mary Rose Museum in early 2013 provides an irresistible opportunity for members of the Medieval Pottery Research Group to discuss the topic of ceramics in marine contexts. This one-day conference will include papers on marine themes, entry to the museum displays and access to the reserve collection, where the pottery assemblage will be on view..

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss issues such as the conditions of marine exploration, chronology, trade routes, the influence of maritime technology and the opening up of new markets and expanding horizons.

Full conference fee £35 Concessionary rate £28


  • 10:00 - Registration and coffee
  • 10:30 - Keynote lecture by Colin Martin
  • 11:15 - Torbjörn Brorsson - The pottery from the Royal Swedish naval Ship Vasa from 1628
  • 11:45 - John Allan, Duncan Brown, Mike Hughes - The Isles Have It
  • 12:15 - Discussion
  • 12:30 - MPRG AGM
  • 1:00 - Lunch
  • 2:00 - Susan Rose - The Medieval Wine Trade
  • 2:30 - Russell Palmer - Maltese Trade and consumption: a ceramic assemblage from the Inquisitor’s Palace
  • 3:00 - Duncan Brown - An introduction to the pottery from the Mary Rose
  • 3:20 - Discussion
  • 3:30 - Tea
  • 3:50 - Tour of the Mary Rose collections and pottery viewing
  • For those who wish to make a weekend of it, on Sunday 9th of June there will be a visit to the nearby 17th century village experience at Little Woodham, where recent work has included the development of a pottery workshop and kiln.

    If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form with your full contact details and send, with a cheque for £35 or £28 (concessions) to G. Haggarty, MPRG, 8 John Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2EE. Participants from abroad may pay on the day but need to book a place by emailing G. Haggarty. Receipts will be sent by e-mail, or by SAE (if sent) or on the day.

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