The annual conference usually comprises one day of lectures on local pipemakers and / or recent research and the second day with a field trip to visit local sites of pipemaking or historic interest.  There are usually displays of material for viewing and articles / offprints for sale as well as a conference dinner where delegates can socialise and exchange information.

Click on the following link for a map showing you where our conferences have been in the 30 years period 1985 to 2015 - Conferences Map


Our Next Conference - Cardiff, Wales, Sat. 29th and Sun. 30th September 2018

Our 2018 conference is to be held in Cardiff university, based in the John Percival Building. We plan to have a day of papers on Saturday 29th, with a conference dinner in the evening. On the Sunday we hope to arrange a visit to see the reconstructed pipe kiln at Nantgarw.

We will post more details as the plans for the conference firm up, but in the meantime, if you would like to present a short paper, or if you have pipes that you would like to bring along for us to see, then please contact us on


Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 2017

In September 2017 we had a very successful conference at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. There was a excellent range of papers and many delegates bought along displays of pipes for us to look at. The conference was one of the best attended that we have had in recent years. We had a splendid conference meal at a local restaurant. On the Sunday, despite a change of plan due a burst water main, we had a fascinating tour of the Broseley Pipeworks in Shropshire in the morning, followed by lunch. The day was rounded off with a tour of Moseley Old Hall in the afternoon.

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From left to right: Lectures in full swing; Delegates enjoying a relaxing drink after the papers; Delegates at the conference dinner.

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From left to right: Rex Key, pipemaker at Broseley; Interior of the Broseley pipeworks; Delegates after our tour.

(photographs by David Higgins, Susie White and Kate Cadman)


Wrest Park, Bedfordshire 2016

In September 2016 we held our conference at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, the stately home of the de Grey family and the location of English Heritage’s store. The standard and range of papers this year was very high and we were able to look at some fascinating collections from Tilbury Fort and Westminster as well as having a tour of English Heritage's finds store. There was a conference meal at a local restaurant and on the Sunday we had our, now traditional, guided walking tour. We are hoping to publish summaries of some of the papers in future editions of the Newsletter but in the meantime a report on the conference can be found below.

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From left to right: Wrest Park, Bedfordshire; Delegates viewing the displays; Delegates in the English Heritage Store

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From left to right: Delegates viewing finds in the EH Store; On the walking tour, looking at the Bedford Mosaic; Delegates in front of the Bunyan Chapel, Bedford.

(photographs by David Higgins and Susie White)


Carlisle 2015

In September 2015 we were very pleased to see members, from as far afield as Sweden and American, make the trek up to Carlisle to join us for a fabulous conference at St John's Church Centre. A local Itallian restaurant organised a special conference meal for us and on the Sunday we had a fascinating walking tour of the city.

A selection of papers and summaries from the conference can be found in issue 88 of our newsletter.



Images from the 2015 SCPR Conference in Carlisle, Cumbria. From left to right: Market Square in Carlisle. Delegates looking at the displays. Our conference dinner at Casa Romana.


From left to right: Site photo of Samuel Hamilton's kiln in South John Street, with examples of the pipes recovered, inset. Delegates on the walking tour led by Denis Perriam.

(photographs by Susie White)


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Warwick 2014

Our 2014 conference took place in Warwick. There was an interesting mix of papers presented to delegates on the Saturday at the Warwick Arms Hotel including displays of pipes and pipe production material. We had a splendid meal at the conference hotel on Saturday evening. Sunday saw us taking to the streets of Warwick for a fascinating tour of the town in glorious sunshine. It was a very successful meeting that everyone enjoyed. Our thanks go to all those who helped to make it a a success.

Summaries of many of the papers presented at the conference can be found in issue 86 of our Newsletter.

Images from the 2014 conference in Warwick. From left to right: Bryn Gethin explaining finds from excavations in and around Warwick; delegates enjoying the conference dinner; ready for the start of the walking tour.


From left to right: delegates on the walking tour; Brian, Richard, John and David viewing the museum display; pipe mould on display specially for the conference weekend.

(photographs by Susie White and Graeme Sutherland)


Dorchester 2013

Our 2013 conference marked our 30th birthday and we celebrated in style in Dorchester. The Saturday programme followed our now familiar format, with the morning session mainly looking at pipes and pipe makers from the local area with more general interest papers in the afternoon. This year one of our founding members, Roger Price, came to give a talk and also an account of how SCPR was formed - in his kitchen 30 years ago! Susie, our newsletter editor, had made a birthday cake to get us into party mood. We had a wonderful conference meal at the Kings Arms Hotel, on the Saturday evening. Sunday's very interesting walking tour led by conference organiser Robert Lancaster, rounded off a brilliant conference weekend. Our thanks go to all those involved in helping to make it happen.


Images from the 2013 SCPR Conference in Dorchester, Dorset. From left to right: Our 30th Bithday Cake made by Susie White; Roger Price cutting the cake;. Conference delegates catching up on pipe news over a coffee.


From left to right: The Kings Arms Hotel, venue for our Conference meal; Conference delgates looking for pipes in a stream on our walking tour (and they found some!); Conference delgates looking at the Roman House in Dorchester.

(photographs by Susie White)


Some of the papers from the conference have been published in SCPR84, which is now available to Members. It is hoped to publish the remaining papers from the conference in future issues of the newsletter.

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Sevenoaks 2012

The 2012 SCPR conference was held at the Vine Baptist Church Hall in Sevenoaks, Kent on 15th September. The Saturday programme of lecutres focussed on the Kent clay tobacco pipe industry and was complementated by displays. There was also a pipe making demonstration by Rex key from the Pipe Works Museum in Broseley, Shropshire. In the evening there was a fabulous conference dinner at the Royal Oak Hotel. On Sunday we had a guided walking tour of Sevenoaks led by conference organisser Brian Boyden. Some of the papers presented at the conference are due to be published in issues 82 and 83 or our newsletter.

Images from the 2012 SCPR Conference in Sevenoaks, Kent. From left to right: Conference delegates looking at material from Pipe Aston. Our conference dinner at the Royal Oak Hotel and finally our walking tour of Sevenoaks led by Brian Boyden.

(photographs by Susie White)

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York 2011

The conference for 2011 was held in York at the Priory Street Community Centre - thanks to the centre for looking after us so well. A number of the delegates bought along a range of pipes and objects made from pipe clay for us to look at. After a very full day a excellent papers we moved to the Royal Oak for the conference dinner. On Sunday we had a guided tour of York followed by lunch at the Black Swan. To round the day off Pete Connelly, from York Archaeological Trust, gave us a tour of the Hungate excavation and we had a chance to look behind the scenes of this amazing excavation.

Images from the 2011 SCPR Conference in York. From left to right: Our conference dinner at the Royal Oak. Walking tour of York. Conference delegates behind the scenes at the Hungate dig with project director Pete Connelly.

(photographs by David Higgins and Susie White)

Some of the conference papers have been published in issue 80 of the Newsletter with more to follow in the next issue. Click on the link below for a summary of the 2011 conference.

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Stirling 2010

The 2010 conference took place in the spectacular Stirling Castle on 18th and 19th September. The main theme of the conference was pipes and pipemaking in and around Scotland. A number of local archaeological units kindly brought along excavated pipe material for delegates to look at in between papers.

Images from the 2010 SCPR Conference in Stirling. From left to right: Conference delegates deep in discussion. Our tour of the castle. Delegates at the Conference Dinner.

(photographs by David Higgins and Arne Åkerhagen)

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Grantham 2009

The conference for 2009 was held in Grantham Museum, Grantham, Lincolnshire on 19th and 20th September and was well attended, with delegates from the UK, America and Sweden. The main theme of the conference was pipes and pipemaking from Lincolnshire, although other papers were also presented. Our hosts, Grantham Museum, very kindly opened some of the display cases so that delegates could get a closer look at some of the pipe related exhibits.

Images from the 2009 SCPR Conference in Grantham. From left to right: Our lunchtime venue. Delegates on the walking tour. Pipemaking equipment on display in Grantham Museum.

(photographs by David Higgins)


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Liverpool 2008

The 24th annual conference of the Society for Clay Pipe Research took place at Liverpool University on Saturday 20th of September and at Norton Priory Museum on the morning of Sunday 21st September 2008.

The Liverpool meeting on the 20th September was held at the newly opened (June 2008) Victoria Gallery & Museum within the University.  The main theme of the conference was pipes and pipe production in the north-west in light of recent discoveries from excavations in Liverpool docks as well as older finds.

The second part of the conference took place on the morning of Sunday 21st September at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens just outside Runcorn. Here the conference delegates were able to inspect pipes from local excavations at the Priory, Norton Village and Halton Castle.  There were also groups from Chester and Buckley for discussion.

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