Author Archives: Oliver Kent

Latest News from the Newport Medieval Kiln

The redevelopment of the Memorial Hall in Newport, Pembrokeshire has been progressing steadily. The 1920’s building is the subject of a major lottery-funded project to bring it up to date. The unusual factor is that the basement space under the … Continue reading

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All things plastic: a visit to the Bakelite Museum

We have been meaning to visit the Bakelite Museum in Williton in Somerset for absolutely ages. Rumours that it may be about to close its doors finally got us there this week.it is a wonderfully eccentric place and you can … Continue reading

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Pottery from the medieval kiln in Newport, Pembrokeshire

Building work on the Memorial Hall in Newport is beginning now and the removal of soil outside the north west corner of the building is producing large quantities of medieval pottery and kiln debris. These are some samples of the … Continue reading

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Bridgwater Jugs – 19th Century ‘Severnside’ Redwares

On Facebook’s British Country Pottery Collectors group page recently a number of people have been sharing and discussing a particular group of 19th of early 20th century redware jugs. They are typical of the broad family of shapes made around … Continue reading

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(Re) Excavating the Medieval Kiln ´╗┐at Newport, Pembrokeshire

Work on the Memorial Hall in Newport, near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire has moved on another stage as we have been able to begin re-excavating and recording the medieval kiln in the basement.  Having got the appropriate permissions, the aim has … Continue reading

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Puzzle Jugs and Puzzling Jugs

A question for the Potters and collectors. When is a puzzle jug not a puzzle jug? Continue reading

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Heinrich Dressel exhibition in Rome

The new Museum of the Imperial Fori in Trajan’s Market in Rome is designed to explain the history and structures of the sequence of fori alongside the Capitoline Hill. Trajan’s Market is remarkable in the survival of several stories of … Continue reading

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