Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza

21 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations underway at Rainford Library

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.

Lucy the Tudor

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!

  1. Lynn Howlett says:

    I just had to leave a comment on the wonderful day we had in Rainford today …. I came from newton le willows and was well worth the visit/drive with my nephew & friends children. The day has been a great topic for the children tonight with their respective parents …. And a massive thank you for the kindness and time all your stall holders showed us today. I will still be raving on next week. Thank you, Lynn Howlett, Cole Howlett, Alice Patterson & Lily Woods xxx

    • Liz Stewart says:

      Hello Lynne and family&friends, I’m glad you had a good day – the Rainford’s Roots team thoroughly enjoyed the event too – thanks to all the re-enactors and volunteers who made it happen! There’ll be a Rainford’s Roots book out before the end of the year about the village’s heritage. Thank you for your comment, Liz

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