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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 took place on 19 May 2017. There was also a public lecture to open the seminar on Thursday 18 May, both in Academy House. 

Public Lecture

Howard Clarke, chair, with Roger Kain and Keith Lilley who responded to the lecutre

'Mapping towns through time' was 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.

Anngret Simms asks a question to Roger Kain on his lecture

IHTA Seminar 2017

Sarah Gearty delivering her paper in the Cartographic Connections session

This year's theme was 'Mapping townscapes: comparative perspectives through the Irish and British historic towns atlases'. Speakers included Arnold Horner, Jacinta Prunty, Nick Millea, Giles Darkes, Keith Lilley, Sarah Gearty and Rachel Murphy. There was also 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). The seminar was kindly supported by the Irihs Walled Towns Network. 


Nick Millea during his paper in the Cartographic Contexts session

Pleanary session with Daniel Stracke (Institute for Comparative Urban History, Münster), Colin Bray (OSi), Eamonn Doyle (Esri Ireland), Anngret Simms (European Historic Atlas Project) and Keith Lilley (chair, HTT)

Members of the Irish and British Historic Towns Atlas teams

For the full programme 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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