Rainford's Roots

archaeologists excavating a trench

The archaeology team at the Museum of Liverpool worked in partnership with Merseyside Archaeological Society on the Rainford's Roots community archaeology project. This was a Heritage Lottery Funded project which undertook archaeological investigations in the village of Rainford, near St Helens, to explore the post-medieval pottery and clay pipe manufacturing industries in the area.  

"The site was so rich in finds! Each time a corner of pottery emerged, we held our breath." Rainford’s Roots volunteer

The project was a chance for local people to gain skills and experience by volunteering on excavations, processing finds and getting involved in a range of other activities. The finds were displayed locally and there were open days and talks to enable people to see what had been discovered.

Further information

The book Rainford's Roots: The archaeology of a village is now available from the online shop.

Visit the Rainford's Roots website to find out more about the project.

Read about the Rainford's Roots project on the blog.

Merseyside Archaeological Society has been involved in numerous community and archaeology projects, bringing together those interested in the archaeology and heritage of the Merseyside region. Find out more on the Merseyside Archaeological Society website.

Visitors looking at objects on a table in the museum

Rainford’s Roots project officer, Sam Rowe, showing visitors at the Museum of Liverpool some of the finds from archaeological excavations in Rainford