John Gillam Prize

The John Gillam Prize

The annual John Gillam Prize, established in 2004, honours a key founder of our Group for his tremendous contribution to the subject. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 award. A wide range of work on pottery found in Roman Britain is eligible, so long as it was completed within the last two years. Nominations can include pottery reports (both published and grey literature), synthetic studies, websites, student dissertations, and theses etc. These contributions can range from day-to-day pottery or site reports to monographs and digital projects, as long as they highlight specific aspects of Roman pottery from a technological, regional or thematic perspective. Please send your nominations to the President, who chairs the Gillam Committee.

List of Winners


Andrew Peachey for his work on the Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain by Vivien Swan website and database


The prize was awarded to Maggi Darling and Barbara Precious for their City of Lincoln pottery corpus


Meike Weber received the prize for her PhD thesis ‘Quo vadis sigillata?’ (Reading University). This is not only for the academic worth of the work but also the Committee felt it was important to support the work of younger members.



This year it was clear that it was right to recognise the huge achievement of completion of publication of the Leeds corpus of samian potters’ stamps. The award was accordingly made to Brenda Dickinson on behalf of the whole of the team involved in the project.



David Applegate for his BA dissertation ‘Hoo ware – an investigation and comparative analysis using old and new evidence recovered from a first century AD Romano-British site in North Kent. Is this combined evidence indicative of a production site?’ University of Kent.



Paul R. Sealey for “New Light on the Wine Trade with Julio-Claudian Britain” published in Britannia XL, 2009, 1-40.



Jane Timby and Val Rigby for: “Gallo-Belgic Pottery database, internet edition” (



Gillian Braithwaite for : Faces from the past. A study of Roman Face Pots from Italy and the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire, BAR Int Series 1651.



Hilary Cool for: H.E.M. Cool, 2006 Eating and Drinking in Roman Britain, Cambridge University Press



Fiona Seeley for: F. Seeley and J. Drummond-Murray, 2005 Roman Pottery Production in the Walbrook Valley. Excavations at 20–28 Moorgate, City of London, 1998–2000, MoLAS Monograph 25



Gwladys Monteil for: 2005 Samian Ware in Roman London. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of London