Newport Memorial Hall

Medieval Kiln

“The most remarkably well preserved medieval pottery kiln in the UK” (conservation report commissioned by Cadw) 

The official opening of Newport’s Medieval Pottery Kiln on Saturday 28thJuly at 10am – 4pm with the official opening at 11.30am at The Kiln, Newport Memorial Hall.

The opening is part of a full day of pottery and traditional craft workshops, talks, stalls and delicious food with a medieval twist.

Over the past three years Newport Memorial Hall with the involvement of the community has undertaken an important heritage project. This has been to research and conserve a uniquely intact mediaeval pottery kiln, the development of an interpretation area and new community rooms for educational activity. Now, we are ready for the official unveiling.

Please come along and enjoy learning about Newport’s forgotten industrial past, expect wandering medieval characters and have a go at some medieval activities.

Newport's hidden Medieval Kiln

The Hall’s committee have expressed their sincere thanks for the local donations and to the funders who have enabled the project to go ahead; Heritage Lottery Fund, Leadership Fund , Cadw, Sustainable Development Fund, The Foyle Foundation, Milford Haven Port Authority and Refreshing North Pembrokeshire.

“We are very grateful to the funders and the amazing volunteers who have already put in many hours of research into this fascinating and rare communal artefact that we hope will be a pivot to greater understanding of our heritage.” Project Manager Siobhan Ashe

Read Dr Oliver Kent’s blog on the Medieval Kiln where he talks about clearing 96 years of dust and debris to reveal the only intact medieval pottery kiln in the UK.

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, said:

“Uncovering where, and how, our ancestors lived helps communities to understand their own history and identity. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to support projects such as Conservation, interpretation and community engagement of Newport’s Medieval Pottery Kiln that will provide access to a once hidden significant historic monument.”

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