Should have called this Jenna and the Giant Teapot (no, not a Roald Dahl story)
This is a recently conserved teapot from one of the Roman Manchester sites excavated during the 1970s and 1980s by the late Prof Barri Jones. The excavators dug through through more recent Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian layers before they reached the area of Roman occupation. The later material was not a priority as part of the research aims but the objects, mostly broken pieces of pottery, were retained and are in the Museum store. We bring out the pottery every so often for events, so that visitors can try their hand at piecing together the three-dimensional jigsaws. So popular has this activity proved that we can now boast a number of almost complete Victorian and Edwardian vessels.
This example of a teapot was rebult for us by Jenna B. who has been on a conservation placement with the Museum from the University of Lincoln. A lot of the time-consuming work had already been done by visitors and…
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