Annual Conference


The IMA organises a themed Annual Conference in spring each year, offering an opportunity for members of the Irish museums community to meet, network and discuss issues of relevance for the Irish museum sector.

2014 Annual Conference - Museums and Memory: Challenging Histories

21-23 February 2014 - The Annual Conference will take place in City Hall, Waterford, courtesy of Waterford Museum of Treasures.

The IMA Annual Conference 'Museums and Memory: challenging histories' will take the Decade of Commemorations as a starting point to examine how different societies and nations memorialise and remember moments in history which are of importance to the shaping of their national identities.

Invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics including museums as archives of memory and the role of these in addressing contested and complex histories, the relationship between public history and private or personal memory, and cross-practice approaches to commemoration.

Invited Speakers:

Saturday 22 February

  • Dr Kris Brown. Lecturer, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, University of Ulster
  • Helen Carey. Director & Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art & Independent Curator
  • Catriona Crowe. Senior Archivist and Head of Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland
  • Dr Luke Gibbons. Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Dr Guido Gryseels. Director, The Royal Museum of Central Africa, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Dr Roisin Higgins, Senior Lecturer in History, Teeside University, Middlesborough (UK)
  • Dr Lidija Nikočević, Director, Ethnographic Museum of Istria, Pazin (Croatia)
  • Dr Niamh O'Sullivan. Inaugural Curator, Great Hunger Museum, Hamden, Connecticut (USA) and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design

Workshop, Friday 21 February

  • Dr Alice Feldman, Lecturer, School of Sociology, University College Dublin

Selected Speakers:

  • Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Keeper, Waterford Treasures
  • Emma Libreri, M.Phil. Public History & Cultural Heritage, Trinity College Dublin
  • Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum
  • Caitlín Doherty, Exhibitions and Speaker Curator, Virginia Commonwealth University (Qatar)
  • Niamh NicGhabhann, Course Director, MA Festive Arts programme, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
  • Rachel Sayers, Museum Administrator, REACH Project, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Belfast

General information incl. travel & accommodation - click here for details

Booking Form - Click here for PDF printable file or click here for Word document

Schedule - click here for details

Speakers' Bios and Presentation Abstracts - click here for Friday's speakers and presentations and click here for Saturday's speakers and presentations.

Enquiries to IMA Administrator Ms Gina O'Kelly at +353-1-4120939 or click here to send an email.

The IMA would like to thank Waterford Museum of Treasures, the Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council for their support.