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Tantalising tygs

27 March 2018 by Clare

It’s always fascinating delving through archive boxes from earlier, past excavations; you never quite know what you’ll come across! While searching through a box of finds from the 1980s Castle Hill excavation in Newton-le-Willows, I came across a few familiar pottery sherds which I recognised almost immediately as being similar to 17th century drinking cups I had excavated a few years ago at Rainford Tennis Courts, in the village of Rainford near St Helens.

These drinking cups were historically known as ‘tygs’ and were generally multi-handled cups made in the 16th–18th centuries. Read more…

“Roll in splender” with poetry pottery

1 October 2014 by Liz

God Speed The Plough

“Let the wealthy and great, Roll in splender and state, I envy them not” verse on pottery fragment

National Poetry Day is on 2 October, and to celebrate, the Museum of Liverpool is displaying some pieces of pottery from the Regional Archaeology Collection which are decorated with verses. Read more…

Rainford archaeology on show

3 July 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

Volunteer, Michael Chapman excavated this near-complete 16th century cup in a garden in Rainford

Some of the thousands of finds discovered in Rainford, St Helens in the last couple of years have gone on display for the festival of archaeology. At Rainford library a display of finds, ‘Pipes, Pots and People’ will be on show until 18 July; and in the Museum of Liverpool Rainford’s Roots will be on display until 31 July.

Rainford is a happy hunting ground for archaeologists and since 2013 the Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists have run both commercial and community excavations in the village. These digs have investigated Rainford’s industrial past: a centre for the production of pottery from the 16th century, and clay tobacco pipes from the 17th century. Read more…

Behind the scenes archaeology tours

17 January 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

We’ve been digging in Rainford in 2013 as part of the Rainford’s Roots Project.  We’ve found thousands of fascinating finds which reveal information about the historic cottage industry of ‘potting’ in the village.  Volunteers on the project have helped wash and catalogue many of these finds, and in due course they will become part of the collection of the Museum of Liverpool Read more…



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