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The MPRG supports several regional groups, although not all are active.

Chafing Dish

Please direct enquiries regarding regional groups to the Regional Groups Secretary, (Gareth Perry)

Information on any forthcoming meetings is included in the current newsletter whenever possible, or may be found in the News section of the website.

East Midlands and North-East Region

The recently revived North East and East Midlands Regional MPRG holds occasional meetings on current research, medieval or post-medieval, as well as providing an opportunity to get to grips with fabrics from centres outside our own, and continue debates begun at the MPRG Conference! If you are interested in attending a future meeting and/or feel that you are working on a suitable project and would like to present a short paper then please contact Anne Irving ( or Andrew Sage ( We hope people will bring examples from their local type series even ifthey don't want to speak formally!


SEMPER covers the south and east Midlands and East Anglia. Recent meetings have included "Shelly wares" and a joint meeting with the Anglia Roman Pottery Research Group on "Minimum standards" at Aylesbury Museum, "Hertfordshire greywares" at St Albans Museum, and "Redwares" at Cressing Temple Barn, Essex. Contact the MPRG Secretary

North-West Region MPRG

The NWMPRG covers North West England. There is usually at least one meeting a year, and recent meetings have been held in Liverpool and Lancaster - a report on the latter was included in MPRG Newsletter 34. Contact Julie Edwards, c/o Chester Archaeology, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD, email

South-West Region MPRG

The South-West group has not held any recent meetings, but there are plans to revive it. Work connected with the Bickley Experimental kiln project has continued, however, and a poster about the project was on display at the MPRG conference 2000. Mike Ponsford has plans to organise a meeting to revive the regional group in the near future and anyone interested in this should contact him at 12 Seymour Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 9HR, tel 0117 985 8109).

South-Central England

The southern group recently (March 2010) held a successful meeting in Winchester on the subject of early medieval pottery from the region. It is anticipated that another meeting will take place in late 2011. If you are interested in contributing to a meeting, hosting a meeting or suggesting a theme, please contact Lorraine Mepham (

London Area

The most recent London and South-East group was a meeting on "Medieval Mediterranean and Near Eastern Imports in South-East England" at the Museum of London. The current contacts are Chris Jarrett ( and Beverley Nenk (


The Scottish group is now active again. Contact Derek Hall (


The Welsh Medieval Pottery Research Group has not met recently, but it publishes its own journal, Medieval and Later Pottery in Wales on ceramics from Wales and the Marches.

Papers for publication should be offered to Mark Redknap, Dept. of Archaeology and Numismatics, National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF1 3NP, tel 01222 397951.

To obtain copies of the journal, including back numbers, and for enquiries about subscriptions, contact Sian Iles, National Museum Wales as above, email

Other areas

The following group is not currently active, although the organisers would welcome contact from anyone interesting in reviving it!

West Midlands
Stephanie Ratkai, 7 Pinehurst Drive, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 8TH.