Upcoming Spanish Armada Conference

This Conference brings together international shipwreck specialists and scholars, from Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe and the USA, to explore current historical research and archaeological investigation not just on shipwrecks from that era but also with a specific connection to the events of the Spanish Armada campaign of 1588. It is a unique opportunity to take part in a conference with leading underwater archaeologists and historians and to be involved in a progressive discussion on how to take such research forward into the 21st century. See:


American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Conference

Call for Papers: The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Irish Conference

Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick,

September 22nd-24th, 2017

The Ireland Conference of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies is the second meeting of the Society in Ireland, and it hopes to advance leading scholarship on the period between c. 500-1650 AD from medievalists working in Ireland and the United States. The organizers welcome proposals for the 2017 congress on papers addressing any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Possible topics of exploration might include settlement and landscape studies, monastic practice and foundation, hagiography, gender theory, ecocritical approaches, material culture, law, Hiberno-Latin textual culture, or medieval Anglo-Irish texts.

Interested participants should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Brian Ó Broin, President of ASIMS, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 1st, 2017. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their acceptance by March 31st, 2017.

ASIMS is a multi-disciplinary society promoting trans-Atlantic collaboration in research on medieval Ireland. The Society sponsors regular panels for current Irish research at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo, MI, and is represented at regional conferences in the USA, such as the South-Eastern Medievalists Association (SEMA). In addition, ASIMS publishes Eolas, a peer reviewed journal advancing the interdisciplinary and international study of Irish medieval studies. Eolas is cataloged by EBSCO and available in digital format at JSTOR.

Draft National Landscape Strategy

IPMAG welcomes the publication in July by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht of the Draft National Landscape Strategy. The National Strategy looks to both urban and rural settings. It will be an opportunity to consider post-medieval archaeology as part of a landscape strategy for Ireland, highlight defined landscape characterisations for post-1700 monuments and to have an input into the development of policies, assessment and awareness of the need to protect and preserve modern historic cultural heritage within Ireland's diverse landscape.


As stated within the Draft National Landscape Strategy, the objectives are to:

  • implement the European Landscape Convention by integrating landscape into our approach to sustainable development;
  • establish and embed a process of gathering, sharing and interpreting scientific, technical and cultural information in order to carry out evidence-based identification and description of the character, resources and processes of the landscape;
  • provide a policy framework, which will put in place measures at national, sectoral - including agriculture, tourism, energy and marine - and local level, together with civil society, to manage, protect and properly plan through high quality design for the sustainable stewardship of our landscape;
  • ensure that we take advantage of opportunities to implement policies relating to landscape use that are complementary and mutually reinforcing and that conflicting policy objectives are avoided in as far as possible.

There are six key visions within the Strategy - 1) to have landscape recognised in law; 2) to formulate a national landscape character assessment approach; 3) devise policies for our landscape characterisations; 4) to raise awareness of our landscape; 5) develop educational and training needs and 6) encourage public participation in the assessment, enjoyment and protection of our landscape. 

Direct link:



Link to Heritage Council's site, with background to the Landscape Strategy:



Next Event


2019 Conference

The Enniskillen Hotel

Co. Fermanagh

Date: 8-10 February 2019


Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Ulster University
 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.