This year, the Caerleon Samian Group will be running a course at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon. The project aims to record all the Samian ware (a type of luxury pottery from the Roman period) from Wales and look for chronological and other patterns.
This season there will be an emphasis on plain ware and stamps from Caerleon, but some work may also be undertaken on decorated pieces. Enthusiasm for Roman pottery and a willingness to learn are the main requirements, rather than knowledge of Samian pottery. The first meeting will include an introduction to Samian ware and to the project.
The course will take place on Tuesday mornings every week from October to December. It is free for participants, but they must enrol as a volunteer with the National Museum of Wales to take part. Minimum age is 16. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the museum basement where the group meets.