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The Spode Museum Trust The Spode Museum Trust was set up in 1987 as an independent charitable trust to protect the Spode collection and archive in perpetuity. Spode is virtually unique in having maintained the connection between its original Industrial Revolution factory site and the objects that were made there, and much of the 200 year archive and collection remains intact. The Spode Museum Trust owns an internationally important collection of Spode pottery and porcelain, which spans centuries.  Following the closure of Spode's historic Church Street factory in Stoke, the unique connection between the objects and the buildings where they were made is in danger of being lost. The Trustees are working to establish a new permanent home for the collection, hopefully in conserved historic buildings on the original Church Street site. Under the 'Historic Spode Factory' section of their website are details of the archaeological finds on the factory site and the potential for further discoveries.

English Heritage Monographs English Heritage have for some time published illustrated archaeological monographs on key sites and important topics. Many of these have long been out of print but EH have now made pdf files of many of these available for free on this Archaeology Data Service page.

Staffordshire Place Names This is a PhD Thesis by David Horovitz, posted in Nottingham University's eThesis archive, which discusses the derivation of all the main, and many of the minor, place names of Staffordshire. In the author's own words, "The analysis considers the early history of the county of Stafford, and reviews the place-name evidence under various headings, including the relationship of particular elements to Roman roads, the ancient boundaries, the Hundred meeting-places, and discussions on Scandinavian and French names and those considered to provide evidence of pagan religion. The analysis incorporates a list of personal names found in Staffordshire place-names, and of topographical and other elements"

Burnt Mound Excavation at Sizergh This is a blog describing the excavation and subsequent analysis of a burnt mound, which was featured in a recent series about the National Trust on ITV. The excavation was itself part of a community project entitled "A Dig in The Park" and is summarised as follows at the start of their blog:
"Dig in the Park is a joint project between Oxford Archaeology North, Levens Local History Group, and the National Trust to encourage local people to get involved in the archaeology of Sizergh Park. The event will run from the 5th-21st of July [2013], and will include excavation of a prehistoric burnt mound, a possible park pale boundary earthwork, and also surveying of the Great Barn, located around the Park."

British History - This is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research. It includes the copies of the Victoria County Histories of Staffordshire and other counties that have been published to date.

Acton Trussell Roman Villa - Penk Valley Archaeology was formed in 1982 to investigate the archaeology of the valley and surrounds of the river Penk in Staffordshire. In 1984 a multi period site, dating back to at least the Neolithic, was discovered at Acton Trussell, a village to the south of the county town of Stafford. Their website describes and illustrates with excellent photographs, artifacts from and remains of, the Roman Villa the group have been excavating, as well as evidence from other periods of occupation of the site - from the Neolithic to the 4th Century AD,

The Upper Nene Archaeological Society - This Society has for many years been excavating the remains of a large Roman Villa at Piddington in Northamptonshire. They have their own excellent small museum. Members of our own Society were made very welcome here on a visit we made in 2010.

The Archaeological Leather Group - promotes the study of leather and leather objects from archaeological and other contexts.

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery - home of the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics


Cheddleton Flint Mill - a fine example of a water mill that ground flint for the pottery industry


Council for British Archaeology - an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations


Derbyshire Archaeological Society - an archaeological society to foster and encourage interest in the past life of the county


Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society - objects are the study, investigation, description and preservation of antiquities and historical records in general, and those of Staffordshire in particular


Stafford and Mid-Staffs Archaeological Society - This society meets regularly on Friday evenings once a month 19:30 – 21:30 from September to April, presenting lectures of largely local archaeological interest to which visitors are welcome. Details can be found on their website. Their "Sites" page has interesting pictures and information about several local archaeological excavations since 1966, including Stafford Castle.


Staffordshire Past-Track - an excellent site, developed with the aim of enhancing access to collections of material that represent the cultural identity and community history of Staffordshire


Stoke-upon-Trent local history and archaeology - loosely follows an outline by Local Historian and Lecturer Ian Bailey, with additional material added from various sources


Stoke-on-Trent Museums - links to the websites of S-o-T museums managed by the City Council


Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology Society - objectives are to study and record by written, photographic and any other means the Industrial remains and techniques of outdated technology


Trent & Peak Archaeological Unit - (formerly Trust and originally the Trent Valley Archaeological Research Committee.) Formed in 1967 to carry out archaeological research on the gravels of the river Trent


Chester Archaeological Society

Revealing Cheshire's Past - provides access to the County Historic Environment Record (CHER). The CHER is the database of all the known archaeological sites and finds in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. It contains over 7000 records from prehistory to more recent times.


UK Metal Detectors - Metal Detectors including Minelab, Garrett, Lander, XP, C-scope and accessories. Online store, huge stocks with next day delivery


I Dig Sheffield - an online guide to the archaeology around Sheffield and the Peak District


Darwin Country archaeology pages - from Shrewsbury Museums Service


Current Archaeology - the attractive website of Britain’s leading archaeological magazine


New Archaeology - online archaeological news


English Heritage - exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood


Archaeology Data Service - supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources


National Trust archaeology pages - The National Trust owns and cares for more archaeological sites than any other private body in Europe


Potsherd - Atlas of Roman Pottery - a collection of pages on pottery and ceramics in archaeology, principally of the Roman period (1st cent. BC - 5th cent. AD) in Britain and western Europe


Medieval Pottery Research Group - founded in 1975 to bring together people with an interest in the pottery vessels that were made, traded, and used in Europe between the end of the Roman period and the 16th century


The Study Group for Roman Pottery, (SGRP) - furthers the study of pottery of the Roman period in Britain. Provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research, and of issues affecting the subject and its practitioners


Roman-Britain.org - awkward but comprehensive website about Roman Britain


Spoilheap Archaeology - contains information about British archaeology, pottery and other ceramics, burial archaeology and human skeletal remains, plus some useful links


The Institute For Archaeologists - the professional organisation for archaeologists in the United Kingdom


Council for Independent Archaeology - set up 'to explore and promote ways in which amateur archaeologists and local archaeological societies can contribute more effectively to archaeology, including rescue archaeology'


Portable Antiquities Scheme - a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales


British Rock Art Collection (BRAC) - this collection contained over 5000 photos of nearly 600 prehistoric rock art sites in the UK, taken by Gus van Veen, Jan Brouwer (Holland), Tiompan (Scotland) and many other good rock art friends. Sadly, Jan Brouwer, founder of the British Rock Art Collection, died on 25th of April 2011. On 8th March, Jan had blogged that the plug had been pulled, without notice, on the server hosting the BRAC. Read his blog entry here.


British Rock Art Blog A Forum about Prehistoric Rock Art in the British Islands


Northumberland Rock Art: Web Access to the Beckensall Archive - a celebration of rock carvings made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people in Northumberland in the north east of England, between 6000 and 3500 years ago


Stone Pages - web guide to European megaliths and other prehistoric sites


The Megalithic Portal - multi-country map of megalithic and other prehistoric sites


Seahenge - useful information about the timber circle, Norfolk


Flag Fen - includes information on public events and developments in the archaeological park, educational programmes for schools, opening times and admission charges. It also carries news of the latest archaeological discoveries from the excavations


Biggar Museum Archaeology Group - The BMT Archaeology Group was gradually established as a sub group within the Biggar Museums as a consequence of some museum volunteers becoming involved in archaeology


Industrial Archaeology Recordings - dedicated to recording past and present industry on film and High Definition video


BBC archaeology - discover more about the techniques used to investigate archaeological sites on land and sea


Birmingham Archaeology - one of the leading independent archaeological contractors in the country


Oxford Archaeology - the largest independent archaeological practice in the country


Wessex Archaeology - one of the largest and most experienced archaeological practices in the UK


UCL Institute of Archaeology - a centre for teaching and research in archaeology


Cambridge University Arch. Dept. - one of the leading institutions in the subject


Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology - founded in 1967 with the aim of promoting the archaeology of late medieval to industrial society in Britain, Europe and those countries influenced by European colonialism


Historic Scotland - directly responsible to Scottish Ministers for safeguarding the nation's historic environment, and promoting its understanding and enjoyment


Orkneyjar - dedicated to preserving, exploring and documenting the ancient history, folklore and traditions of Orkney


Online Archaeology - using computers in archaeology


Time Team - website of the popular Channel 4 archaeology programme


RESCUE - The British Archaeological Trust - a registered charity and an independent organisation committed to the protection, conservation, recording and interpretation of archaeological evidence


The Maryland Archaeology Lab - We were asked to approve the use of one of our images (a small mottled ware container found in Burslem) for display on an information board at an excavation of an 18th-century farmstead in New Jersey, USA. The aims are to show how small ceramic shards can help date a house, and to show the types of wares a well-to-do colonial farm household used. The small shards of mottled ware point to typical imports for the period. The Maryland Archaeology Lab includes a description of this ware on its on-line research site, to which the link above points.




Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society, 1st March 2015.