Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy (Conference)

Posted: Monday, 24 September 2018

'Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy' conference will be held in Kilkenny and Dublin on the 5th-9th November 2018.

Dig is a collaboration between the Heritage Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Department of Communities NI, Fáilte Ireland, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and Dublin City Council. It is being project managed by the Irish Walled Towns Network and is receiving support from Creative Ireland. Dig is a key part of the programme of events for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

In 25 events, spread over 5 days, 35 leading architects, artists and archaeologists will aim to answer two key questions. Firstly, in what ways does archaeology impact positively on our society and economy? And secondly, how can this be sustainably deepened?

The event is organised along the four overlapping themes of creativity, community and well-being, placemaking, and the economy.

The main spine of Dig will be a two-day conference in The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, where national and international speakers will talk about best practice projects they have led (November 6th & 7th). Complementing the conference will be a series of workshops, tours and panel discussions held during the week which will deepen learnings. The first four days (Nov 5-8) are based in Kilkenny. On the final day (Nov 9), activity shifts to Dublin.

The event will be of relevance to community leaders, local authority professionals, archaeologists, developers, architects, arts professionals, tourism professionals, heritage officers, planners, landscape architects, architectural conservation architects, and community professionals.

Speakers and workshop leaders:

Prof. Brian Fagan, University of California. Topics: Archaeology and society and adapting to climate change
Paul Young, CEO, Cartoon Saloon. Topic: The archaeology of animation
Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, Museum of London Archaeology - Topic: The art of archaeological placemaking
Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions, York Archaeological Trust - Topic: Archaeology as an attraction for visitors and an enhancer of local sense of place
Benjamin Grahn Danielson, Archaeologist, Picea Kulturarv. Topic: Digging together: archaeology as a method in municipal planning
Diarmaid Walshe, Co-Creator, Operation Nightingale. Topic: Inclusion and cohesion within archaeology and society
Barney Devine, Development Manager, Battles Bricks and Bridges. Topic: Archaeology as a way of bringing a community together and dealing with conflict
Clare Tuffy, Manager of Brú na Bóinne WHS visitor centre. Topic: World heritage and the surrounding community in Brú na Bóinne
Christine Baker, Community Archaeologist, Fingal County Council. Topic: Community archaeology in Fingal
Prof. Graeme Warren, Head of School, Dept. of Archaeology, UCD. Topic: Community archaeology in Glendalough
Faye Sayer, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University. Topic: Can digging make you happy?
Emma McKervey, Poet. Topic: Archaeology and poetry
Jack Doherty, Ceramicist. Topic: Archaeology as an inspiration for contemporary ceramics
Gareth Kennedy, Visual Artist and Lecturer, NCAD. Topic: Archaeology as inspiration for two contemporary art projects
Sarah Lincoln, Visual Artist. Topic: Archaeological excavation techniques as inspiration for a contemporary art project
Eamonn McEneaney, Director, Waterford Museum of Treasure. Topic: Archaeology based regeneration in Waterford
Jane Hebblewhite, Senior Heritage Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council. Topic: Creating vibrant public realms out of Chester's amphitheatre and city walls
Jonathan Ford, Heritage Ranger, Papay Development Trust. Topic: Heritage led regeneration on a small island
David Ross, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter. Topic: Interpreting archaeological sites that have no remaining archaeology
Michael O'Boyle, Director, Bluett O'Donoghue Architects. Topic: Rejuvenating late medieval and early modern buildings
Una Ni Mhearain, Architect, Consarc. Topic: Saving a medieval tower from ruin and creating a public park
Fergal McNamara, Principal, 7L Architects. Topic: Placemaking at the Loro Gate
Alan Hayden, Director, Archaeological Projects Ltd. Topic: Excavating an apothecary
Michael Conway, Owner, The Hole in the Wall. Topic: Restoring the Hole in the Wall
Grace Fegan, Curator, Medieval Mile Museum. Tour topic: The evolution of the Medieval Mile Museum
Cóilín O Drisceoil, Director, Kilkenny Archaeology. Tour topic: Renewal of medieval places in Kilkenny
Evelyn Doyle, Conservation Officer, Kilkenny County Council - Tour topic: Creating the Medieval Mile Museum
Gary Dempsey, Co-Founder, Digital Heritage Age. Demonstration topic: Digital recording of archaeological objects
Matt Seaver, Assistant Keeper, National Museum of Ireland. Workshop topic: The role of archaeological objects in placemaking
Paddy Mathews, Head of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, Fáilte Ireland. Discussion session topic: The interaction of tourism with archaeology
Colm Murray, Architecture Officer, The Heritage Council. Workshop topic: Conservation planning for archaeologists. Also tour of Heritage Council.
Sharon Greene, Editor, Archaeology Ireland. Workshop topic: Writing for a general audience for archaeologists
Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation, The Heritage Council. Workshop topic: Taking stock of community archaeology
Christy Cunniffe, Community Archaeologist, Galway County Council. Workshop Topic: Taking stock of community archaeology
Liam Mannix, Project Manager, Irish Walled Towns Network. Workshop topic: Placemaking: architects, planners and archaeologists working together
Mary Teehan, Coordinator of Archaeology 2025 Strategy, The Discovery Programme. Panel discussion topic: The future of the archaeological profession
Helene O'Keefe, Head of Education and Communications. Panel discussion topic: Communicating archaeology

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