Wiles Colloquium

New Approaches to Public History: research, practice & collaboration

Queen’s University Belfast, 12-13 May 2016


 Thursday 12 May

(Ulster Museum lecture theatre)


1.30 – 3.00       Heritage and wellbeing

Annie Tindley (University of Dundee): ‘Land of Mountain and Flood’: heritage landscapes, well-being and communities in Scotland

Helen Chatterjee (University College London):  ‘Museums, health and wellbeing: Evidencing the impact of participation’

Olwen Purdue (QUB): ‘Heritage and societal well-being in Northern Ireland’


3.00 – 3.30 Coffee


3.30 – 4.45       Challenges Ahead

Heather Thompson (Director, National Trust NI): Challenges and opportunities. The National Trust in Northern Ireland

Sammy Leslie (Proprietor, Castle Leslie): How to train your dinosaur.  Castle Leslie – the challenges and complexity of an Irish country house


5.00 – 6.00 Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham University): History and its audiences


(Queen’s University Great Hall)

6 – 7.30    Public History Posters, The Heritage Project Launch and Reception


8pm         Conference dinner: Molly’s Yard (places limited, please book online here)



Friday 13 May

(Queen’s University Belfast McClay Library Auditorium)


9.30 – 10.15      New Voices in Public History – lightening talks

Matthew Jackson   Representing the Troubles in the Ulster Museum

Gill Allmond            Purdysburn Lunatic Asylum

Liz Thomas        The People of Sailortown

Briony Widdis      The Colonial Within?

10.15 – 10.45     Tea & Coffee


10.45 – 12.00     Ways Forward for Built Heritage

Ben Cowell (Director, Historic Houses Association): ‘Past, present and future: making heritage relevant in the 21st century’

Christopher Warleigh-Lack (Historic Royal Palaces):  ‘Hillsborough Castle: Private Space as Public History’


12.00 – 1.00      LUNCH


1.00 – 2.30       Collaboration and Connecting Communities

Kieran Connell (QUB): The Janet Mendelsohn Archive: community, collaboration and ‘the wickedest road in Britain’

Leonie Hannan (QUB): 100 Hours of Learning – strategies for collaborative, cross-disciplinary research

Kate Smith (University of Birmingham): ‘New pathways to Public Histories: the East India Company at Home project’


2.45 – 3.30 Public History in Ireland

Emily Mark-Fitzgerald (University College Dublin): Irish Migration & the Museum: Social Histories Past and Present

Ciaran O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin): Glasnevin Trust, Trinity College Dublin, and the evolution of a Public History partnership


4.15 – 5.00       Roundtable and close



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