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North Devon Archaeological Society wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for pottery project

North Devon Archaeological Society has received £15,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘The Missing Link- North Devon Pottery in the 16th Century’. The project follows up on the community excavations which took place at the Exeter Inn, Barnstaple in 2011.

Work will start soon to analyse the several tons of pottery found on the site, which was next to the old Brannam Pottery.  We aim to make the important discoveries accessible through publications, talks and public events, culminating in the national Festival of Archaeology in July this year.

North Devon has been an important centre of pottery manufacture since the 14th century, and during the 17th century its distinctive 'Sgraffito' wares were exported to the Americas.  This assemblage represents the little-known transition between mediaeval and post-mediaeval wares (“The Missing Link”), and its publication will greatly assist archaeologists in the future.

Members of North Devon Archaeological Society are looking forward to working with the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, South West Archaeology and acknowledged experts from around the UK to deliver the project.

Linda Blanchard, Chair of North Devon Archaeological Society, said: ‘We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and our members are looking forward to finishing off the project we started 5 years ago.’

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: ‘Thanks to National Lottery players, North Devon Archaeological Society has the chance to recover the “missing link” in its unique pottery history. This project will see regional archaeology groups working together to share valuable information and preserve Devon’s pottery history.’