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Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar

'Mapping townscapes: comparative perspectives through the Irish and British historic towns atlases'

This year's IHTA Seminar takes place on 19 May 2017 in Academy House. There will be a public lecture to open the seminar on Thursday 18 May, also in Academy House. 

Registration for each event is necessary to secure your place as it usually books out in advance of the RSVP date.  

Public Lecture

'Mapping towns through time' will be delivered by Professor Roger J.P. Kain, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is a leading cartographic historian and has published thirteen books on maps including most recently, British town maps: a history. The lecture will be free to attend but booking will be necessary.

The lecture is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please click here

IHTA Seminar 2017

This year's theme is 'Mapping townscapes: comparative perspectives through the Irish and British historic towns atlases'. Speakers include Arnold Horner, Jacinta Prunty, Nick Millea, Giles Darkes, Keith Lilley, Sarah Gearty and Rachel Murphy. There will also be an international panel discussion with Colin Bray (OSI), Eamonn Doyle (ESRI), Daniel Stracke (Institute for Comparative Urban History, Germany) and Anngret Simms (European Historic Towns Atlas). 

For the seminar programme, please click here.  

For booking details, please click here

IHTA Seminar 2016 Report

The 2016 annual seminar of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) was convened in collaboration with the British Historic Towns Atlas/Historic Towns Trust (HTT) and explored the similarities and differences to be found in the urban landscapes of our two neighbouring islands, reflecting on their shared and connected histories, as well as on the common purposes of the two atlas projects. Focusing on 'medieval townscapes', the 2016 seminar compared towns and cities of both Ireland and Britain using a thematic structure to consider how, despite the close geographical proximity of Ireland and Britain, their urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were shaped as much by local factors and influences as they were by common structures and concerns, such as religion, warfare, defence, lordship and commerce. 

The seminar took place in Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Friday, 20 May 2016

Comparisons were made with Bristol and Galway; Kilkenny and Norwich; Limerick and York; Caernarfon and New Ross; London and Dublin.

The plenary session was delivered by Terry Slater (University of Birmingham): 'Comparing medieval towns in Britain and Ireland: a plan-analytical approach using the historic towns atlases'. 

Full programme available here.

Image: Portolan chart extract by Albino de Canepa 1489 (c) James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota

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