The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Conference: One Thousand Years of Ceramic Innovation

5 October 2019

Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED


Porcelain wasters from the Limehouse factory, 1745-48 © MOLAFrom the introduction of the potter’s wheel, to the spread of factory production during the Industrial Revolution and beyond, the ceramic industries of the UK have been progressively transformed by waves of innovation. This joint conference, organized by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Medieval Pottery Research Group, will focus on a wide range of technological, stylistic and functional advances introduced into potteries across the country from the 11th century to the present day. These are manifested in innovative developments in methods of manufacture, ceramic fabrics, new and increasingly specialized forms, decorative styles and techniques, and their collective effect on the place and role of ceramics within society.

Expressions of interest, with a brief summary (up to 200 words) for papers up to 30 minutes in length (including time for questions) should be sent by 1 May 2019 to

Image credit: Porcelain wasters from the Limehouse factory, 1745-48 © MOLA