Community archaeological dig begins at Rockingham Pottery site in Rotherham

Published Thursday, 7th June 2018
An archaeological dig
An archaeological dig

A community archaeological dig will take place this week on the site of the famous Rockingham Pottery in Rotherham.

The excavation at Waterloo Kiln in Swinton is taking place from 6 to 9 June and forms part of ‘Archaeology of the Dearne’ – a project commissioned by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) with support from Historic England.

Waterloo Kiln is owned and managed by Rotherham Council and is the site of Swinton’s Rockingham Pottery. The pottery was world-famous for its porcelain and earthenware.

Specialist archaeological and heritage practice, ArcHeritage, is coordinating the excavation works and has already opened the trenches on site to reveal the remains of a kiln structure.

Volunteers from the community, members of local archaeology groups, and school children from Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham have been invited to investigate the site further.

Sally Gawthorpe, community officer at the DVLP, said: “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to work with ArcHeritage and the local community to explore this iconic pottery site in the Dearne Valley. Whilst the surviving Waterloo Kiln reveals a snapshot of the former Rockingham Pottery works, the site has so much more to reveal!”

For more information about the project:

Visit the Dearne Valley Partnership website