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Processing clay tobacco pipes with the archaeology department!

27 February 2014 by Sam Rowe

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Emily working on the pipe collection

Here is a post from one of our volunteers on the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.  Emily spent time with the archaeology team archiving over 8,000 clay pipes; here she explains the stages of recording: Read more…

Upcoming community excavation

2 August 2013 by Sam Rowe

Volunteers on a Rainford's Roots excavation

Volunteers on a Rainford’s Roots excavation

The Rainford’s Roots project has just finished its programme of events for the Festival of Archaeology 2013, and is now preparing for its next community dig this August in Rainford, St Helens.

From 15-22 August the project will be at Rainford Library on Church Road, Rainford. A team of archaeologists and volunteers will be exploring the former site of a clay tobacco pipe shop which once stood on the site. This workshop was one of a number in operation in Rainford in the 19th century, producing tobacco pipes that were traded far and wide. The excavation will explore the history of the site and the team expect to uncover objects that were being manufactured and used in Rainford over 100 years ago. Read more…

Rainford’s Roots – community archaeology events

18 July 2013 by Sam Rowe

woman with a display stand with lots of archaeology info and pictures

Kerry, Community Archaeology Trainee, at Rainford Summer Festival

The Rainford’s Roots project is very busy this month, running a number of events in Liverpool and Rainford as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013, 13 to 28 July 2013.

Rainford’s Roots is a community archaeology project, run by the Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool, to explore the industrial heritage of Rainford village near St Helens. The project aims to widen participation and dissemination of community archaeology in the region. Read more…