Two one day workshops on the use of pottery and ceramic object in archaeological research were held at the Antoinette Centre on the 29th and 30th September 2017.
Led by the Ceramic Thanet project team, Nigel Macpherson-Grant and Paul Hart, the workshops gave an introduction to pottery and other ceramic objects from all periods from Prehistory to the Industrial era, using examples from Thanet and the East Kent region.
Fourteen people, ranging from interested individuals to members of established archaeological groups in Kent, as well as professional archaeologist, took part in the two wide-ranging and informative workshops.
At the heart of the workshops were the examples of local ceramic material selected from the Trust’s collections, which the participants could view and handle. The pottery examples were arranged in extensive themed layouts on tables set up throughout the Antoinette Centre building. A unique opportunity to experience a significant range of archaeological material in a chronological sequence.
All aspects of pottery and ceramic artefacts were explored, from the materials and production methods of ancient potters, to the vessel forms and fabric characteristics of different archaeological periods.
In breaks and at lunchtime on both days, the Antoinette Centre garden was the venue for more debate and discussion of the material on display, reflecting the Trusts aim to use the whole space for thinking and learning.
The Ceramic Thanet workshops were a successful pilot for the Antoinette Centre’s education activities, which will continue with several similar workshops and explorations of local artefacts in 2018.