Upcoming Events

Post Medieval Archaeology Congress 2024

Prifysgol Abertawe, Cymru, y DU, o ddydd Gwener tan ddydd Sul, 5 i 7 Ebrill 2024
Swansea University, Wales, UK, Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2024

For the programme, fieldtrip details and transport and accommodation advice see the PMAC24 conference page.
Registration, via Eventbrite, now open
This includes booking for the field trips, for which there are limited places

The sixth annual Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress will be hosted by Swansea University in Wales. The meeting will be supported by CHART (Centre for Heritage Research and Training) and CRAM (Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory Research Group), both part of the History, Heritage and Classics Department (School of Culture and Communication).

Swansea, located on the south coast, is the second largest city in Wales. It was an important port, migration route and industrial centre, famous for tinplate, steel and ceramic production. The National Waterfront Museum is located in the Maritime Quarter and holds important maritime and industrial collections while Swansea Museum, the oldest museum in Wales, holds collections on the pottery industries in south Wales. It is a region profoundly affected by industrialization and de-industrialization, by political devolution and Welsh cultural identity. This will be the first time that the SPMA Congress has been hosted in Wales and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to visit. The conference will take place at the beautiful Singleton Campus, set between parkland and the sweeping sands of Swansea Bay. 

Research on post-medieval, historical and contemporary 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 from around the world.  We ask contributors to offer 15-minute papers, which the organisers will arrange into themed sessions, or poster displays. Organised sessions of papers set around a particular research interest or theme are also encouraged.  All papers at PMAC24 will be delivered in person.

Swansea Organising Committee
Leighton James
Christoph Laucht
Hilary Orange
Katherine Watson

The Paul Courtney Congress Bursary
This annual award, in honour of our late Membership Secretary and joint Editor of Post-Medieval Archaeology Paul Courtney, enables students to participate in the Post Medieval Archaeology Congress. Applicants need not be members of the Society, need not be presenting at the conference Council and there is age restriction. The award can be spent on registration, travel, accomodation and/or childcare costs. The deadline for applications is March 20th; for details on how to apply see our Prizes and Grants page.

The SPMA PhD Group programme for 2023-2024

See the draft programme for the events for 2023-2024 below, details to be added as they come:

Past events

Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture 2022

Dr Rachael Kiddey: Archaeology as Sustainability

Tue, 6 December 2022, 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Kelham Island Museum Alma Street Sheffield S3 8RY

Archaeology as Sustainability: collaborative cultural heritage work as advocacy for the sustainable future of humanity and more-than-humans

To watch the recording of this Geoff Egan lecture and others head to the SPMA YouTube channel.