Mortarium project website now live!

We’re pleased to announce that a new online pottery resource is now live and available for use. The website of the Kay Hartley Mortarium Archive Project promises to be a hugely useful resource for those of us encountering stamped mortaria on a regular basis.

The first stage of the project makes available digital scans of the archive recording cards Kay uses and the digital data for potters working in the industries based at Verulamium with the related industry in London, at Mancetter-Hartshill and in Lincolnshire and scans of the best rubbings of the stamps of these potters. It is possible to search and filter the data via an online map interface, to download the rubbings, and to see distribution maps of each potter as well as download the datasets behind the website. More industries will be added to this website as the project progresses.

More information can be found on a flyer here, and the website itself found on the ADS website here.

The SGRP has been happy to fund part of this work and takes this opportunity to congratulate the project team on a wonderful achievement!

Roman finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads & Sewers

The 2021 Autumn Roman Finds Group Conference held in association with King’s College London is entitled Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects. The meeting will be held online using the Teams platform, supported by King’s College. The day will consist of illustrated papers presented in blended content (some pre-recorded and some live) on Monday 18th October.

To join the conference please book through the RFG website. The conference will be open access so there is no charge for joining although you must pre-book. The link to the meeting will be sent to all who have registered closer to the event.

For more information, click here.

Volunteers wanted to scan Roman pottery

The AHRC-funded Arch-I-Scan Project (School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester) is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art image-recognition and machine-learning service which can identify Roman pottery vessels and sherds. The service will ‘learn’ from photos of ceramics in collections around England, including those from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

The project is inviting volunteers aged 18 and over to assist with its Roman pottery scanning programme at Museum of London Archaeology this autumn. Volunteers will be handling and photographing pottery sherds from the MOLA collection, utilising camera phones provided by Arch-I-Scan.

For more information, click here.

Or download an application form here: Arch-I-Scan volunteer application form

SGRP50 Conference videos now online

SGRP You Tube channel front page

We are pleased to announce that the videos of talks from the recent SGRP50 conference are now online via the SGRP YouTube channel.

Click here to view papers presented at the conference that celebrated 50 years of the group, showcased new research and collaborative projects, and looked to the future with talks from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Download the conference programme here.

BAR Open Access in Archaeology Award 2021

BAR is celebrating the launch of its Open Access publishing programme with a new award worth up to £10,000 in value. The award winner, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will receive the free Open Access publication of their monograph.

Interested in this exciting opportunity? Or know somebody who might be?

For more information and how to enter, click here.

SGRP50 – Roman pottery conference booking now open

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Study Group for Roman Pottery and
we are celebrating with a two-day conference. It will be the very first virtual SGRP
conference via Zoom hosted by Newcastle University on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.

The conference is FREE and open to both members and non-members. Your
booking will give you access to both days of the programme and the Zoom joining
details will be emailed to you the day before the event. We welcome and
encourage you to attend the whole event, but you can dip in and out of
sessions as you wish. Due to the nature of the conference, all timings are
approximate (BST – GMT+1 time) and subject to change.

Click here to view the conference programme

You can book your place at Eventbrite (see link below), where you can also make
a donation to and/or join the SGRP. The annual membership fee is only £15
(£20 for EU and International) and it gives you a free copy of the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, and if you join us here you will also get a free copy of the
Research Strategy and Updated Agenda for the Study of Roman Pottery in
Britain! We would like to raise money to create online training and information
videos to help our members and young professionals.

CLICK TO BOOK NOW: Study Group for Roman Pottery 50th Anniversary Conference Tickets, Fri 2 Jul 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite
or search #SGRP50 at Eventbrite

Fiftieth anniversary pottery conference set for July 2021

This year’s annual pottery conference will be a special two-day event to celebrate 50 years of the Study Group for Roman Pottery. And for the first time, the annual conference will held online.

The conference, organised in collaboration with Newcastle University, will be held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July. The packed programme will celebrate 50 years of the group, showcase new research and collaborative projects, and, looking to the future, will hear from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Details of how to book will be released soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, click the link to download the programme.


As a consequence of the current pandemic, we have not been able to hold an AGM for this year (2020). As a substitute, the following AGM-related documents can be downloaded:

The Trustees’ Report for 2019 is also available to be downloaded:

New pottery type series website launched

Some fabric samples from the Gloucester pottery type series

A new website focused on the Gloucester City Roman and medieval type fabric series has been launched.

The fabric series, originally largely the brainchild of the late Alan Vince, was initially developed during the 1970s and used in many of the earlier published reports for Gloucester and Kingsholm.

While some of the Roman fabrics are now superseded by the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection, there are a range of local and regional wares more specific to the city and surrounding area.

There has been no further substantial work on the medieval and post-medieval wares which remain one of the best documented sequences for the area.

The website can be accessed here.