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Conference announcement – Engaging the Recent Past

Conference announcement – ‘Engaging the Recent Past’

3-5 September 2010 University of Glasgow

In engaging with the recent past we explore the nature of our own society and we are confronted with questions about the role of archaeology in the contemporary world.

This three-day Society for Post-medieval Archaeology conference will explore a recent boom in community archaeology projects and public archaeology programmes concerned with the material remains of the last five centuries. The conference will debate the ethics, politics and practice of archaeology. Papers will consider case studies from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

The conference themes include

  • the ethics, politics and practice of archaeology in public and community contexts;
  • relationships between archaeological professionals, communities and the public;
  • community engagement in rural areas and the representation of the rural past in museums;
  • research, policy and public engagement in the archaeology of human remains and burial;
  • urban and industrial communities past and present;
  • the present-day resonance of battlefield and conflict archaeology.

Conference fees

SPMA members: £45.00 (full)/£30.00 (student/young person) Non-members: £75.00 (full)/£45.00 (student/young person)

Non-members who join the Society when booking for the conference will be eligible for the members’ conference rates.

Full details available at Contact Chris Dalglish at

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446