Past conferences organised by the MPRG.

2000 Conference: 25 years of medieval pottery studies: past, present and future

29th-30th March 2000
Exeter College, Oxford

The following papers were presented:

(MC* denotes published paper in Medieval Ceramics Vol.*)

Session 1: Introduction

An introduction to historic Oxford, John Ashdown (City Conservation Officer)

An overview of the history of the MPRG, Mike McCarthy

The place of pottery studies in medieval archaeology, Hugo Blake

25 years of Saxon pottery studies, Paul Blinkhorn

Session 2: Theoretical Studies

Philosophical and theoretical developments relevant to pottery studies, Chris Cumberpatch

Pots and documents, Steve Moorhouse

Theory into practice: pots and domestic life, Alejandra Gutierrez

Session 3: Continental Pottery Studies

Are we going anywhere? An impression of the development of the field and its possible future, Frans Verhaeghe

The influence of British pottery studies on Northern Europe, Per Kristian Madsen

Imported pottery studies in Britain, John Hurst (MC24)

Dunning Memorial Lecture

25 years of post-medieval pottery, David Barker

Session 4: British Pottery Studies

Medieval pottery studies from the North-West of England, Julie Edwards (MC24)

Yorkshire and the North-East, Dave Evans

A view from the Channel Islands, Ken Barton and H. Sebiret

Pottery studies in the Isle of Man, Peter Davey (MC24)

Pottery studies in Ireland, Clare McCutcheon

Scottish pottery studies, Derek Hall/George Haggarty/Charles Murray (MC24)

Session 5: Ceramic Building Materials

Brick and tile: some reflections on progress and potential, Paul Drury (MC24)

Medieval tiles: past, present and future, John Cherry

The Gerald Dunning Archive and the Study of Medieval Ceramic Roof Furniture, Barbara Hurman/Beverley Nenk (MC18)

Session 6: Analytical Techniques

25 years of scientific analysis, Mike Hughes (MC24)

Petrological studies, Alan Vince

Use of computers in pottery; integrating publication, GIS and databases, Paul Miles

Reinventing the sherd: 25 years of pottery statistics, Clive Orton (MC24)

2002 Conference: The State we’re in: pottery in post-Roman Ireland

2nd-4th September 2002
Trinity College Dublin

The following papers were presented:

Historical and Archaeological setting, Prof Terry Barry, Dept Medieval History, TCD

Imported Pottery in Early Medieval Ireland: Sixty years of research, Ian Doyle

Crannog and Everted rim ware, Audrey Gahan

Urban excavations in Ireland: Dublin, Linzi Simpson

Urban excavations in Ireland: Cork and Waterford, Maurice F. Hurley

Medieval pottery in Ireland, Clare McCutcheon

A new batch model for the Downpatrick kiln based on fabric analysis, Dr Maureen McCorry

Chemical analysis of English & French whitewares, Dr Alan Vince

Gerald C. Dunning Memorial Lecture: Continental pottery in Ireland in the Anglo-Norman period 1150–1350, Clare McCutcheon

Post-medieval pottery in Ireland, Rosanne Meenan

Delftware in Ireland, Peter Francis

Clay pipes, Speaker to be arranged

2013 Conference: Pottery Afloat – Ceramics in marine contexts

8th June, 2013
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 Inquisitores 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.