The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Conference: Conflict in Context: Archaeologies of War 1618 - 1918

26 September — 28 September 2014

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG

Conference registration is now open. Download the registration form as a PDF or Word document. For regular SPMA members, conference registration is available at a reduced rate of £45, and only £30 for SPMA members who are full-time students/under the age of 25. Reduced rates are also available for members of local archaeology societies in Liverpool and Merseyside. 

A conference timetable is available here

This conference will provide an archaeological comparative perspective, considering warfare and its impact from the seventeenth century to the First World War. It will be held at the Museum of Liverpool, which houses important regional archaeological collections including much post-medieval material and also curates the King's Regiment Collection.

The conference coverage is European and includes maritime archaeology. The intended range of topics includes:

  • Warfare and armaments, including artefacts and fortifications
  • Warfare and tactics, including battlefields
  • Lifeways of the military, including barracks and diet
  • Impact on civilians

The formal Call for Papers has now closed, but further papers addressing elements of battlefield archaeology from the English Civil War to the First World War are invited, as are posters for display. Please contact Harold Mytum at with conference enquiries and offers of papers and posters. 

A postgraduate archaeology conference day sponsored by SPMA will be held at the University of Liverpool, 11am - 5.30pm on Friday 26th September, where research students can contribute papers on any aspect of post-medieval archaeology. Please email Harold Mytum at with offers of papers, by Friday 22nd August at the latest. 

A wine reception to commence the Conflict in Context conference will be held at the University of Liverpool on Friday 26th September with the main conference sessions at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September. The Museum is close to other parts of National Museums Liverpool, including the World Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.

Visit Liverpool features information about places to stay, restaurants, and other attractions in Liverpool and the surrounding area. 

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