Ticknall Archaeological Research Group

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Summary of Past Events

Hannah at the Ivy Leigh dig
Welcome to Ticknall Archaeological Research Group's website.  We started in 2010 with a 'Your Heritage' grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund  over 3 years, to investigate the archaeology of Ticknall's potteries and its landscape history. During these  years we were also supported by the National Trust and Archaeological Project Services of Heckington, Lincolnshire.

The National Trust continue to support us and we are currently assisted and trained by Mercian Archaeology, and Dr Anne Irving - 'The Ceramics Consultant'.

We know the Ticknall potteries operated from c1300 to about 1888, producing Midlands Purpleware, domestic coarsewares for most of the period and Yellow Ware from 1600.  Fine Cistercianwares were made from 1450-1550.  We have also found small quantities of Coal Measures Whiteware, 1200s and 1300s.

Members range in age from young teenage to over 80.  The only qualifications are interest and enthusiasm.         
                                                                           Hannah Bladon 1996 - 2017:
                                                                                     An Appreciation.

We post this appreciation with great sadness.

 On Good Friday, 14th April 2017, in Jerusalem, where she was studying on an exchange scheme from Birmingham University, Hannah was randomly stabbed to death on a tram.  She was only 21, with all her life in front of her, full of interests and ambitions for her future.

 Hannah joined TARG when we started in 2010, accompanied by her father and occasionally by her mother.  She was already keen on archaeology and came to as many of our activities as possible, in between schoolwork and supporting Derby County.  She was there for training digs, day schools on flint knapping and pottery illustration, landscape history walks, fieldwalking and test pit digs in Ticknall.  She learned how to do resistivity and plane table surveying.  As she became more experienced, she took part in our professionally led excavations and she was confident enough to talk to the public about our work when we put on open days or exhibitions.  She did her share of the boring stuff like washing finds from digs and fieldwalking, and all the sorting and recording that those activities entailed.

 Personally, Hannah was quiet and rather reserved, and would think before expressing an opinion.  Any questions were practical and to the point.  She was quite shy of photographs and avoided the limelight.  But she knew what she wanted from life, and pursued her interests in archaeology and the Church with persistence.  She saw the exchange scheme as a great opportunity to expand her experience and took advantage of the archaeological digs on offer in Jerusalem as well as the academic curriculum.  It should have provided a springboard for her future, which has been so violently snatched away.

 We will miss her presence at our activities and we extend our deep sympathy to her family.



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