Posts tagged with 'rainford'
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…
15 September 2016 by Liz
Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!
In the winter of 1975-1976 local archaeologists, both professional and voluntary, began to feel that the new county of Merseyside (founded in 1974) should be represented by its own archaeological society.
There seemed to be a threat to buried archaeology from development, and lots of people keen to preserve the past, and learn more about it. Read more…
3 July 2014 by Liz
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…
6 March 2014 by Liz
Recently staff in the archaeology department at the Museum of Liverpool have been working on drawings of some of our finds from the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.
We draw a lot of our finds as this helps to record their form (shape), material and textures. Sometimes drawings can be better than photographs in showing some of the detail of an object. Read more…