Conference 2017: Ceramics of drink

The CHA and the Medieval Pottery Research Group are jointly hosting the MPRG annual conference on the Ceramics of Drink, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June, 2017, University of Leicester.

Final programme


mprg logo‘Ceramics of drink’ form a significant part of archaeological assemblages in Europe and beyond throughout medieval and post-medieval periods. Ceramic containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming, and consuming liquid beverages. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. They materialized drinking and social practices, with some undergoing significant transformations, and others staying the same. This conference aims to explore the important social and economic roles that ceramics of drink filled and how they can be effectively studied by specialist and non-specialist researchers.

The programme and abstracts are now available, and we have an excellent line-up of speakers talking about the ceramics of drink in medieval and post-medieval worlds from the UK to continental Europe, as well as practical sessions led by expert potter John Hudson.

Click here to register. Any questions about registration please contact Lorraine Mepham.

Join us for our conference reception in Leicester guildhall on Friday evening, kindly supported by Everards and Burleighs Leicester Dry Gin. Walking route to Guildhall.



Click here for a map with conference and car-parking locations.

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Funding opportunities - PhD and Masters

Are you a UK/EU applicant doing a Masters? Click here (deadline 9 June 2017). Are you an international applicant doing a PhD? Click here (deadline 1 June 2017).

Research Seminars

The School Research Seminars take place on Wednesdays. Join us for tea and cake in the foyer at 4.30; the talk follows at 5.00 in Ken Edwards, Lecture Theater 2 (KE LT2).

Full programme