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Seascapes and Townscapes–IHTA Seminar 2019


Thursday, May 16, 2019, 18:00 - Friday, May 17, 2019, 18:00


Royal Irish Academy


Free to attend, registration required

The 2019 IHTA seminar, Seascapes and Townscapes—Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City will be held on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Dublin Port and Academy House.

**Both events are now fully booked with a waiting list in place**

Convened by the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) incollaboration with the British Historic Towns Atlas/Historic Towns Trust (HTT)

Royal Irish Academy in association with Dublin Port Company

Venues: Dublin Port and Royal Irish Academy

Where townscapes meet seascapes, ports are a significant feature of our nineteenth-century urban inheritance. The topographical, environmental and cartographical impact of ‘the port’ is well represented in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, as exemplified by the IHTA published fascicles for Dublin, Belfast, Derry~Londonderry, Drogheda, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Youghal; Cork, Dungarvan and New Ross forthcoming.

The 2019 annual seminar of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will explore the evolution of port topography on the island of Ireland, as well as its associations with the broader nineteenth-century urban experience, in Britain and in Europe, since ports act as the gateways connecting Irish towns and cities with wider worlds.


Thursday 16 May

Public lecture: The shaping of Dublin Port  — Professor Colm Lennon, MRIA

Venue: Dublin Port Company HQ

18:00    The Shaping of Dublin Port — Professor Colm Lennon, MRIA

            Welcoming remarks by Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company. Click here for booking details.

Friday 17 May

Seminar: Ports and the nineteenth-century city 

Venue: Royal Irish Academy

Morning session: Ports in Comparative Perspective 

10:00    Welcome and introduction 

10:15    State investment and port infrastructure in the nineteenth century: case studies from the IHTA — Jacinta Prunty (Maynooth University/IHTA)

11:00     Coffee break

11:30    Nineteenth-century changes in the ports of Dublin and Belfast: the golden age of engineering — Frank Cullen (IHTA)

12:00   City ports across Europe: an analysis of form and function from historic town atlases — Zofia Maciakowska (Polish Academy of Sciences)

12.30   Lunch break

Afternoon session: Ports in Focus — Case Studies

14:00    'Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow’: two hundred years of mapping the port’ — John Moore (University of Glasgow)

14:30.   Kingston-upon-Hull and its wider worlds — David Atkinson (University of Hull)

15:00   Drogheda Port in the nineteenth century: development like never before —  Ned Mc Hugh (IHTA)

15:30    Coffee break

Plenary discussion: The topography of Dublin Port — making comparisons

Chairperson — Keith Lilley (Queens University Belfast/HTT)

16:00     Panel — Colm Lennon (IHTA), Jacinta Prunty (Maynooth University/IHTA), Lar Joye (Dublin Port), Sylvia Loeffler (National College of Art and Design), Niall Brady (Archaeological Diving Company)

Launch reception

17:00     Launch by Virginia Teehan (CEO, Heritage Council) of Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 29, Drogheda by Ned Mc Hugh

**Both events are now fully booked with a waiting list in place**

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