The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress: 50 years of SPMA

1 April — 3 April 2016

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology was founded in 1966, and SPMA is holding a special congress to celebrate 50 years of the Society on Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April 2016 at the University of Sheffield

Conference outline

Friday 1st April 2016

1.00pm - 5.00pm- Celebrating 50 years of the Society. A plenary session of invited papers at St George's Church

Saturday and Sunday 2nd-3rd April

Parallel sessions of papers and poster displays at The Diamond 9.30am-5.00pm

This year's themes are:

  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Animals, Fishing and Agriculture
  • “Feats of Clay”: approaches to ceramics and pipe clay
  • Approaches to Material Culture
  • “What a Load of Rubbish”: approaches to urban waste
  • Urban Landscapes
  • Conflict Archaeology
  • Archaeologies of Suppression and Resistance
  • Ports, Shipping and Canals
  • Elite Buildings
  • Non-Elite Landscapes
  • Retrospectives on Post-Medieval Archaeology

*The full programme is now avaialble HERE*

Monday 4th April 2016

Trip to visit local historic sites (£20 per ticket, limited availability)

Provisional schedule includes Hardwick Old Hall, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall

Social Events

Friday Evening- Formal welcome, free wine reception and pay bar at the Cutlers' Hall (included in conference fee)

Saturday Evening- Conference party at the Stancill Brewery, free bar and buffet, transport to and from the brewery (£20 per ticket)

Conference Booking

Delegate registration fee (inclusive of lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and the Anniversary Reception at the Cutlers' Hall) 

  • Ordinary Member £60
  • Young Member £45
  • Non-member £90

Optional extras

  • Saturday party £20
  • Monday trip £20 (limited availability)

Bookings can be made here.

You can find out more about joining the SPMA here

Travelling to Sheffield and Accommodation

Information about how to get to Sheffield from a variety of different airports, as well as local transport options, can be downloaded here.

Sheffield has a range of accommodation options, some of which are listed here.

Contact Us

For further details about the conference, contact Rachel Askew and Hugh Willmott at:

Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield