The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2018

23 March — 25 March 2018

University of Bristol and SS Great Britain, Bristol

SPMA is following its now annual Congresses in Sheffield (2016) and Hull (2017) with the Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress at the University of Bristol and SS Great Britain on Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March 2018.

Bristol has long formed part of global networks of maritime trade and industry. The city has operated as a regional and international trading port for more than 1000 years, developing trade with North America and the Caribbean from the 17th century and playing a major role in the transatlantic slave trade. Bristol’s place in global networks continues to shape the city’s identity into the 21st century.

This congress is open to all researchers at any stage of their career, whether academics, students, commercial or community archaeologists, to report recent research on any aspect of post-medieval/later historical archaeology.

The Call for Papers is now closed, although we do have space for a few more posters. Poster proposals should be emailed to

Registration is now open and available online here. Delegate registration fees are below (inclusive of lunch, morning & afternoon refreshments, Eventbrite booking fees are extra). Delegates may avoid Eventbrite booking fees by paying by bank transfer before 28 February - please download and complete this form and email to .

  • Ordinary SPMA Member £65
  • Young SPMA Member £45
  • Non-member (waged) £90
  • Non-member (student/unwaged) £65

Conference Programme

Friday 23 March

Afternoon: optional walking tour of Bristol (£10)

Evening: lecture and drinks reception at the University of Bristol

Saturday 24 March 

Conference sessions at SS Great Britain

Evening: drinks reception with a nautical theme

Sunday 25 March

Conference sessions at SS Great Britain

Monday 26 March

Optional coach tour of historic sites in south Gloucestershire (£20)

Further news about the conference, including registration, social events, and trips on Friday 23 and Monday 26 March, will be available on this page soon. Information about places to stay in Bristol and things to do while staying in the city is available here