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Digging for the Truth: Ceramic research above and below the ground
Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 14:00 – Thu, 17 Aug 2017, 16:00 BST
A Summer Seminar with the Northern Ceramic Society
Open to members and non-members
Join like-minded collectors, researchers, curators and archaeologists for one of the key events of the year in the study of historic ceramics in the UK.
People dig for the truth about ceramics in different ways: unearthing them from the soil or the bottom of the sea; investigating their composition with scientific instruments; digging in historic archives and carefully examining the pots themselves. Sometimes ceramic history is rewritten, even when the ceramics themselves have entirely vanished.
- Dr Maurice Hillis: The Attribution of Porcelain to Longton Hall and West Pans
- George Haggarty: Scottish Pottery Research; yesterday, today and tomorrow
- Rosie Cooke: Discovering God: exploring Geoffrey Godden's archive
- Nick Panes: Pushing the Boundaries: new developments in scientific analysis as an aid to attribution and fake detection
- Miranda Goodby: 'Purity of colour, excellence of glaze and artistic character': Majolica and the Minton Archive
- Robin Emmerson: Success or Failure: Wedgwood in the Empress's bedroom
- Peter Hyland: Theodore Deck, a Redsicovered Genius
- Sue Taylor: Journies in Ceramic Research: discoveries, disappointments and diversions
- David Barker: Digging up Potters, but which ones?
Members' papers by:
- Frank Davenport: Treasure & Tradgedy: the sinking of the Josephine Willis
- Pat Halfpenny: Ralph Wedgwood: beginning a new appreciation
- Roger Pomfret: New Hall or not New Hall? that is the question
Conference and booking details
The seminar begins with registration between 2pm and 4pm on 15 August and ends at 4pm on 17th August. In addition to the lectures, there is a wine reception on the first evening, a book sale, and an identification and discussion forum on the last afternoon, where attendees are invited to bring pieces related to the theme of the summer school. Please note that these are brought at your own risk: the organisers accept no responsibility for loss or damage.
The 2017 seminar is at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL. This is a purpose-built complex with excellent facilities. The lecture room, refreshments, dining room and bar are all within a single spacious building and the accommodation is a short distance away under covered walkways. There are lifts to all floors. The bedrooms are ensuite double-bedded rooms with superfast WiFi, flat screen TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some accessible bedrooms are available to provide extra space to aid mobility: please say on booking if you need one. Refreshments including tea and coffee are available at all times free of charge throughout the course.
Yarnfield Park has ample free parking near to the accommodation blocks and is easily reached by road, about a 10 minute drive from J14 on the M6 and 15 minutes from J15. It is a little over an hour by road from Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands airports. If travelling by train, there are trains from Stafford or Stoke to Stone, which is then a 10 minute taxi ride to Yarnfield Park. Alternatively, a taxi direct from Stafford or Stoke railway stations will take about 20 minutes.
The residential cost of the summer school is £295. This includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, wine reception, refreshments, and the conference sessions. A non-residential package for the conference programme is £235 and will include the wine reception, refreshments during the day, lunches and evening meals.
To RESERVE your place, please pay the non-returnable deposit of £30 + Eventbrite fee. To CONFIRM your place, the balance must be received by 25 July 2017. Payment options will be sent to you on acknowledgement of your deposit by the organisers.
PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANSER (link below) IF YOU WISH TO BOOK AND PAY BY ANOTHER METHOD
The Society offers two bursaries, one from the Harold Blakey Bequest. These cover lectures, accommodation and meals, but not travel to Yarnfield Park. They are open to anyone (NCS members and non-members) who feels they would benefit from the opportunity to attend. Applications, stating why a bursary would be of particular benefit to you and your ceramic interests, should be sent to the seminar organiser by 30 April 2017.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
What's the refund policy?
The deposit is non-refundable. The fee may be refunded in part if the seminar place can be re-sold to another attendee, or a discount on the fee for a future seminar may be offered. The organisers reserve the right to use their discretion, depending upon timing of cancellation prior to the seminar and demand for places.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Please see above refund policy.