The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

2017 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

15 December 2017

The 2017 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture will take place at the Society of Antiquaries of London on Friday 15 December 2017. 

The speaker will be Dr David Higgins of the National Pipe Archive and the University of Liverpool on: 

Goods for the Colonies: British Tobacco Pipes Made for the Atlantic Trade, c1600–1850

This lecture will look at how British pipe makers at coastal locations responded to the opportunities offered by the Atlantic trade prior to 1850. In particular it will consider the heelless pipes that were made specifically for the export market during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These are well known as Bristol products, but this paper will show that manufacturers from as far apart as London and Glasgow were also attempting to take a share of the transatlantic trade. The regional and chronological evolution of these forms will be discussed, together with areas for future research. This lecture will provide a reference point for this type of pipe that is of relevance to historical archaeologists from Newfoundland to the Caribbean and beyond.

The lecture will be held in conjunction with our AGM. The AGM will begin at 5.30pm followed by a wine reception at 6pm, and the lecture will commence at 7pm. Tickets are FREE but limited in number and can be booked through Eventbrite. Voluntary donations to our Community Engagement Fund are very welcome.