The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Conference: Late Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology in Germany, Britain and Ireland

20 September — 23 September 2017

*Call for Papers now closed* There is still space for some additional posters, contact Dr Natascha Mehler at for further details. 

Late Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology in Germany, Britain and Ireland: New Directions and Approaches. A joint conference of DGAMN and SPMA

German Maritime Museum – Leibniz-Institute for German Maritime History, Bremerhaven, Germany

SPMA and the German Society for Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Archäologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, DGAMN) are coming together for the first time for a joint conference. Both societies pursue similar goals, and the main objective of this conference is to bring the two organisations and their members closer together in order to facilitate potential future collaborations and projects.


The full conference programme of papers and speakers is now available to download in English und auf Deutsch

Paper abstracts will be available shortly. 

Wednesday 20 September

11:30am - 1:00pm Registration and Lunch

1:00pm - 6:30pm Paper presentations

7:00pm Drinks reception at the German Maritime Museum

Thursday 21 September 

9:00am - 6:30pm Paper presentations

7:30pm Conference dinner on board the barque “Seute Deern” (not included in the conference fee)

Friday 22 September

8:30am - 2:00pm Paper presentations

Afternoon: visit to the German Maritime Museum and the German Emigration Centre

Saturday 23 September

Optional full day excursion to Bremen, to visit the Valentin submarine factory and its protective shelter (U-Boot-Bunker Valentin) and archaeological sites in the surrounding area. An additional cost will be charged to cover the excursion fees. 

Conference Registration

Please register by email to Monika Lüder-Pohlenz at with notification of dietary or accessibility requirements. The conference fee is 50 Euro, and includes coffee / tea, refreshments, and light lunches on Thursday and Friday.

Please make your payment to the account of the Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven, bank: Weser-Elbe-Sparkasse Bremerhaven, IBAN DE57 2925 0000 0001 1002 62 and BIC BRLADE21BRS and make sure to add "conference" as the payment reference. Alternatively, you may pay in cash on arrival at the conference.


The German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven) is a research museum with permanent exhibitions displaying major objects of German and Central European shipping from prehistory to the modern period, including navigation and maritime cartography. The museum includes harbour exhibits with museum ships such as the whaling steamer RAU IX and the Grönland, the sailing ship of the first German Arctic expedition, built in 1867. 

Bremerhaven is located at the estuary of the River Weser and the North Sea. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it was one of the main harbours for emigration from Europe, with about 8 million Germans emigrating to the USA and other parts of the world. During the Second World War Bremerhaven was an important North Sea base for the German navy. 

The city hosts a number of cultural institutions including the Museum of the History of Bremerhaven (Historisches Museum Bremerhaven), the Bremerhaven Zoo, and the open air museum Speckenbüttel which displays rural farm buildings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The German Emigration Center (Deutsches Auswandererhaus) is a museum dedicated to the history of German emigration. It was awarded the European Museum of the Year Award in 2007.

Travel Information

Information about accommodation and attractions in Bremerhaven is available here.

Bremerhaven is located c. 53km north of Bremen. The nearest airport is Bremen, which has direct flights from Dublin, London Stansted, Edinburgh and other European destinations, and many more flight options with connections at Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt or Paris. Bremen Airport and Bremen Central Station are connected by tram line 6, and Deutsche Bahn operates regular trains to Bremerhaven from Bremen Central Station (journey time central Bremen - Bremerhaven 35-45 minutes).


Please make your own accommodation arrangements. A reduced rate has been negotiated with the “Im Jaich” hotel near the Maritime Museum, where a single room is 73 Euro per night. Please arrange your booking by emailing and quote “DSM” for this reduced rate. The Hotel Adena offers a single room for 70 Euro per night; make your reservation via Among the budget options is Charly´s Guesthouse (25 minutes walking distance to the museum, or a short bus journey). The rate for a single room per night is 35 Euro. Please contact Charly Pohlenz via