John Gillam Prize

The annual John Gillam Prize, established in 2004, honours a key founder of our Group for his tremendous contribution to the subject. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 award. A wide range of work that has had an impact on pottery found in Roman Britain and the Continent is eligible, so long as it was completed within the last two years. Nominations can include pottery reports (both published and grey literature), site reports, monographs, synthetic studies, websites, student dissertations, digital projects, theses and so on. Any nomination must highlight specific aspects of Roman pottery from a technological, regional or thematic perspective. Please send your nominations to the President, who chairs the Gillam Committee.


List of Winners


This year, two prizes were awarded:

Morgane Andrieu for her study of graffiti on Gallo-Roman pottery: Graffites en Gaule Lyonnaise

Michael Walsh for his analysis of the Pudding Pan samian found off the coast of Kent: Pudding Pan: A Roman Shipwreck and its Cargo in Context



Edward Biddulph, Joyce Compton and Scott Martin for their work on the late Iron Age and Roman pottery assemblage from Elms Farm, Heybridge, Essex (published in Internet Archaeology, issue 40)



Andrew Peachey for his work on the Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain by Vivien Swan website and database



The prize was awarded to Maggi Darling and Barbara Precious for their City of Lincoln pottery corpus



Meike Weber received the prize for her PhD thesis ‘Quo vadis sigillata?’ (Reading University). This is not only for the academic worth of the work but also the Committee felt it was important to support the work of younger members.



This year it was clear that it was right to recognise the huge achievement of completion of publication of the Leeds corpus of samian potters’ stamps. The award was accordingly made to Brenda Dickinson on behalf of the whole of the team involved in the project.



David Applegate for his BA dissertation ‘Hoo ware – an investigation and comparative analysis using old and new evidence recovered from a first century AD Romano-British site in North Kent. Is this combined evidence indicative of a production site?’ University of Kent.



Paul R. Sealey for “New Light on the Wine Trade with Julio-Claudian Britain” published in Britannia XL, 2009, 1-40.



Jane Timby and Val Rigby for: “Gallo-Belgic Pottery database, internet edition” (



Gillian Braithwaite for Faces from the past. A study of Roman Face Pots from Italy and the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire, BAR Int Series 1651.



Hilary Cool for Eating and Drinking in Roman Britain, Cambridge University Press



Fiona Seeley for Roman Pottery Production in the Walbrook Valley. Excavations at 20–28 Moorgate, City of London, 1998–2000 (F. Seeley and J. Drummond-Murray), MoLAS Monograph 25 (2005)



Gwladys Monteil for Samian Ware in Roman London. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of London