The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Annual Conference 2015: Coastal and Maritime Archaeology of the Modern Era

21 November — 22 November 2015

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is pleased to be partnering with the Nautical Archaeology Society to host a joint conference in Portsmouth on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2015, at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building.

The aim of the joint event is to bridge the gap between terrestrial and marine archaeology audiences, focusing on the post-medieval period from the 16th century to the present day.

The conference will particularly focus on the way that ships and shipping are generative of the modern world. Terrestrial archaeologists often study sites and assemblages either produced for or procured by maritime trade and warfare and yet there is a disconnect between the two sub-disciplines. The conference is excited to have an amazing line-up of speakers from Britain and overseas including the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

Conference Programme

A pdf of the full conference programme is available here. The paper abstracts can be downloaded here

Friday 20 November 2015

19:00 Informal drinks: Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth (food also available in Horatio's Restaurant until 21:00)

Saturday 21 November 2015

08:30 - 09:00 Registration opens for Conference Day 1

09:00 - 17:30 Main Conference: Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street. Lunch will be available for all delegates

17:30 - 19:30 Informal drinks: Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth

19:30 - 00:00 Dinner and Beer and Skittles: Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth

Sunday 22 November 2015

08:30 - 09:00 Registration opens for Conference Day 2

09:00 - 17:30 Main Conference: Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street. Lunch will be available for all delegates

17:30 Event Closes

Poster Session

If you would like to exhibit a poster at the conference please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Mark Beattie-Edwards of the NAS and Brian Kerr of the SPMA, to arrive no later than the 7th September 2015.

Registration

Delegates can book their place at the conference online (booking fee applies) or download a registration form and return with a cheque to the Nautical Archaeology Society (no booking fee).

Members of SPMA, NAS, registered students, and delegates attending the Royal Archaeological Institute's conference Ships and Shorelines: Maritime Archaeology for the 21st Century can book their place at the conference at a substantially reduced rate until 5 October 2015.

Exhibitors

The NAS and SPMA are happy to have on board a number of organisations that will be joining us as part of the Exhibition Display that will run in conjunction with the Conference. If you would like to join us for this exciting event, please contact the NAS Office. Exhibition space is available for as little as £50. Not-for-profit organisations can exhibit at the conference for no charge.

Raffle

A popular fixture of the NAS conference is their raffle, which conference delegates can enter on the day. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the event; if you would like to donate a prize to the raffle please contact the NAS office.

Conference Venue

The 2015 Conference will be held at the Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, on the Corner of Portland Street and St James Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH. There is limited amount of disabled and exhibitor parking at the venue.  If you are driving please use the car park next to the Portsmouth Registry Office and the University of Portsmouth Milldam Building off Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AF (more information on car parking can be found below).

University of Portsmouth Campus Map – The Portland Building is No 2 on this map.

Venue Parking

There is limited amount of disabled and exhibitor parking at the venue.  If you are driving please use the car park next to the Portsmouth Registry Office off Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AF.

University of Portsmouth Campus Map – The car park is the hashed area beside the Milldam Building - marked No 7 on this map.

Evening Social Events

On the evening of Friday 20th November 2015 delegates are very welcome to join us for informal drinks at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS (food also available in Horatio's Restaurant until 21.00) from 19.00. 

On the Saturday 21st November 2015 the conference organisers welcome all delegates to the Royal Maritime Club for drinks, dinner (payable on the day) and NAS's conference skittles competition. Please simply indicate your wish to attend a dinner at the Maritime Club when you book your place on the conference so that we can reserve the correct number of tables – your meal will be payable directly to the club on the night.

Click here for Horatio's Restaurant Menu

The club’s skittles alley has been booked for the evening with the competition to start at 20.30. If you wish to attend the skittles competition please indicate on your booking form (fees apply). Skittles participants can also opt for a basket meal (chicken, fish or veggie burger with chips). If you would prefer to have a basket meal rather than a formal dinner in Horatio's Restaurant please indicate on your booking form.

Accommodation

The Royal Maritime Club on Queen Street is only 5 minutes walk from the venue. NAS and SPMA have been able to secure a special price for delegates for rooms at the Royal Maritime Club costing from £48 per person (single room rate) per night including breakfast. The Club is excellent value and has come highly recommended by a number of the NAS conference delegates.

Please contact the Royal Maritime Club directly and mention that you are attending the NAS / SMPA conference.

The Royal Maritime Club
Queen Street, Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3HS

Tel: 02392 824231

Email: receptionmanager@royalmaritimeclub.co.uk

www.royalmaritimeclub.co.uk

Accommodation is also available at a range of local B&B’s and hotels. Visit the Portsmouth Hoteliers Association for more information.

Our Sponsors and Supporters

The 2015 Annual Conference is sponsored by: 

Dive Master Insurance

British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)

Sub-Aqua Association (SAA)

The Honor Frost Foundation

Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)

3deep Media

Historic England

If you would like to sponsor the event please contact Mark Beattie-Edwards of the NAS and Brian Kerr of the SPMA. 

The 2015 NAS and SPMA Conference is supported by:

The University of Portsmouth

Parks Canada

Fourth Element