The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Paul Courtney Memorial Conference

18 October 2014

*Ticket booking now open until Wednesday 15th October*

Saturday 18th October 2014 sees a conference at the University of Leicester in memory of Paul Courtney, long-standing member of SPMA and former editor of the Society’s journal ‘Post-Medieval Archaeology’.

The meeting, held jointly by the Finds Research Group and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, in collaboration with Yolanda Courtney, will be a celebration of Paul’s many interests including his contribution to local history, finds research, ceramic studies and fortifications both here and abroad, and there will be a chance at the end of the day for those attending to raise a glass in Paul’s memory.

The conference programme is set out below, and you can also download a copy here. The conference will be held in the Henry Wellcome Building, which is located on Lancaster Road, with ample car parking nearby; a pdf map of the University campus is available here

Ticket booking will close on Wednesday 15th October. 

Conference registration costs £15 for students/retired/unwaged delegates, £20 for others, and includes all refreshments, lunch, and a post-conference wine reception. To register for the conference visit the Eventbrite page and register online or download this registration form and send it with a cheque for the required amount made payable to "Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology" to: 

Emma Dwyer
Hon. Treasurer, Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
c/o Enterprise & Business Development Office
Fielding Johnson Building
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Conference in memory of Paul Courtney: Programme

Saturday 18th October 2014
Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building
University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 9HN

Jointly organised by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Finds Research Group, with Yolanda Courtney

Chaired by David Barker (Independent archaeologist)


10.30–11.00  Registration & coffee

11.00–11.10  Welcome and introduction

11.10–11.25  Yolanda Courtney: Images of Paul

11.25–11.50  Neil Finn (Independent archaeologist): “The Civil War defences of Leicester: evidence from excavations 2003–2013”

11.50–12.15  John Allan (Independent archaeologist): “Church woodcarvings and the archaeology of immigrant communities in South-West England, 1500–1600”

12.15–12.40  Deirdre O’Sullivan (University of Leicester): “From Places to Spaces: Recovering monastic dissolution in English towns in the 16th century”

12.40–14.00  Lunch and Finds Research Group AGM

14.00–14.25  Duncan Brown (English Heritage): “Ceramics, Cloisters, Castles and a little bit of Courtney”

14.25–14.50  Steph Mastoris (National Museum Wales, Swansea): "Mapping contrasting landscapes in 17th century England: William Senior's estate surveys for the first Duke of Newcastle”

14.50–15.15  Hugh Willmott (University of Sheffield): “A Bawdy Joke or Refined Dining? The Problems of Assigning Status and Meaning as Exemplified by Phallic Jugs”

15.15–15.45  Tea break

15.45–16.10  Julie Cassidy (Portable Antiquities Scheme/Finds Research Group): “Some finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme”

16.10–16.35  Stuart Campbell (Treasure Trove, National Museums Scotland): “The archaeology of a subculture; the material culture of the Georgian army”

16.45   Close; wine reception with canapés by Claire Hill