On 2 August the Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza will celebrate heritage crafts, celebrating the early industrial heritage of the village of Rainford, near St Helens. The Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department have been working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society for the last year and a half on the Rainford’s Roots project, investigating the development of industry in the village.
This community archaeology project has engaged local people in the archaeology of the early industrial heritage of the village through excavating, recording, finds cleaning and sorting, and documentary research. One of the sites excavated, in a back garden, has revealed a group of discarded pots made in the village in the 16th century – around a hundred years earlier than it was previously known that the ceramics industry had begun there.
The Elizabethan Extravaganza will be a fun family day out with craftspeople re-enacting some traditional activities, including candle-making, pottery-making, basket-weaving, spinning and dyeing cloth, clay tobacco pipe-making. Lots of people will be dressed in period costume, and there will be birds of prey, and an opportunity to sample historic drinks from replica cups.
Some of the archaeological objects excavated in the village, which are now in the collection of the Museum of Liverpool, will be on show. For the younger members of the family there will be storytelling and children’s craft activities too!
The Elizabethan Extravaganza will be held at Rainford Village Hall on Saturday 2 August 2014 10am-4pm. The event is free – all welcome!
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