The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019

22 March — 24 March 2019

University of Glasgow

The fourth annual Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress will be held at the University of Glasgow in March 2019. Glasgow plays host some of the most impressive post-medieval and later-historical architecture in the world, and has a long industrial history. The venue for the congress will be the University of Glasgow, founded in 1451 and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. Research on post-medieval and historical archaeology from around the world has been showcased at previous Congresses, demonstrating the breadth of interest and knowledge in our field from researchers at all stages of their career, whether academics, students, commercial, or community archaeologists.

The annual Congress is open to all researchers to report current and recent research on any aspect of post-medieval/later-historical archaeology. There is no geographical focus and we welcome papers and posters from around the world. 

Conference paper and poster sessions will take place in the James Watt Building South, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ (home to the School of Engineering, marked A1 on this map). 

Conference Documents

The paper sessions timetable is now available to download here

The full paper and poster abstracts are available to download here. In order to save paper, we will not be providing physical copies at the congress. Please download a copy to print off at home or view on your tablet or smartphone.

Conference Registration

Delegate registration is now open online, and registration fees are as follows: 

  • Ordinary SPMA Member £69
  • Young SPMA Member £49
  • Non-member (waged) £90
  • Non-member (student/unwaged) £69

Including lunches, refreshments, Friday evening drinks reception and Eventbrite booking fees. Delegates can also register for a walking tour of Art Nouveau Glasgow with Peter Connelly on the afternoon of Friday 22 March (cost £5; further details below) and the post-conference excursion to Cultybraggan PoW Camp and other sites of interest, on Monday 25 March (cost £20). The reduced registration fee rates are also available to members of Glasgow's local archaeology and history societies. 

Further information about places to stay in Glasgow and things to do while in the city is available here

The Making Of Art Nouveau Glasgow  - A Walking Tour with Peter Connelly, 3pm to 5pm, Friday 22 March

At the start of the 20th Century Glasgow was booming, the city rich with the industrial craftsmanship that allowed it to take its position at the cutting edge of the Art Nouveau movement. The wealth of talent this heavily connected city nurtured at this time helped the likes of Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Margaret Macdonald to create the groundbreaking art, architecture and interior design that is widely celebrated over a century later.

During this walking tour across the heart of the city we will take in some of the key connections that are often lost in the narrative of Art Nouveau Glasgow. We will also look at the early 20th century city as an expression of material culture, one which was not only creatively interlinked at the local level but also intertwined to the fates of Western Europe as a whole.

Places are limited, book your ticket here (£5) and meet outside Cowcaddens subway station.