Rainford’s Roots is a project designed to explore the heritage of Rainford village in St Helens. The project is run by the Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project aims to engage the local community in their own heritage and to encourage wider participation and learning through various means of excavation, surveying, finds processing, and outreach activities.
Rainford was at the heart of a thriving pottery and clay tobacco pipe industry from the 16th century up until the early 20th century. A number of excavations and surveys will be taking place across the village to investigate the industrial heritage of the area. This fieldwork will be complemented by workshops, outreach events, talks, guided walks, and exhibitions which will run throughout the project.
All events are free of charge and open to everybody (16+) with or without archaeological experience. For more details or to join the project emailing list, visit the website www.rainfordsroots.com