Valuing the Local:

the significance of cultural heritage of the post-medieval period


 2‐4 February 2018 - John B. Keane Suite, The Harbour Hotel, Galway



The Irish Post‐Medieval Group (IPMAG) is pleased to announce its annual conference to be held on 2‐4 February 2018. This year’s conference will take place in Galway in the west of Ireland. 2018 has been designated as European Year of Cultural Heritage and in light of this, the conference theme explores the value and significance of particularly local cultural heritage. National cultural heritage is usually popularly celebrated, while the local is portrayed as somehow less significant, which ultimately results in it being less valued. It is precisely the local aspect of cultural heritage that lend spaces and places their distinctive value. Local cultural heritage should be especially treasured and protected, as its sum is what creates special senses of place.


This year IPMAG is also introducing a student research session where undergraduate and post‐graduate students present a 10 minute illustrated talk on their current research in any area of post medieval cultural heritage studies. This is to encourage new research and experience of public speaking in a friendly and collegiate atmosphere.


IPMAG is a voluntary, not‐for‐profit organisation, and unfortunately cannot cover speakers’ conference travel or other expenses. However, as a small vote of thanks from IPMAG, paper contributors will be invited to attend the conference dinner free‐of‐charge. For the student research session, a sponsored prize of €100 is offered for the best talk on the day.




IPMAG XVIII Programme:



Fees: IPMAG members €30; non‐members €55; concession €27.50. IPMAG annual subscription €20.


Accommodation Tip: Galway City is a very popular destination year round. Early booking of accommodation is essential. The Harbour Hotel is the conference’s base. Special IPMAG rates of €119 B&B per room for Friday and €149 B&B per room for Saturday have been arranged. There is a full range of accommodation in close proximity to the venue also – details to be posted on presently.



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Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
University of Ulster
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