Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy

  • Conference /

  • Kilkenny and Dublin

In what ways does archaeology impact positively on our society and economy? How can this be sustainably deepened? Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy will be a five-day event where these questions are thoroughly addressed. The first four days (Nov 5-8) are based in Kilkenny. On the final day (Nov 9), activity shifts to Dublin.

The event is organised along the four overlapping themes of creativity, community and well-being, placemaking, and the economy.

The main spine of Dig will be a two-day conference in The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, where national and international speakers will talk about best practice projects they have led (November 6th & 7th). Complementing the conference will be a series of workshops, tours and panel discussions held during the week which will deepen learnings.

The event will be of relevance to community leaders, local authority professionals, archaeologists, developers, architects, arts professionals, tourism professionals, heritage officers, planners, landscape architects, architectural conservation architects, and community professionals.

Click here for full conference programme

Dig is a collaboration between the Heritage Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Department of Communities NI, Fáilte Ireland, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and Dublin City Council. It is being project managed by the Irish Walled Towns Network and is receiving support from Creative Ireland.

Dig is a key part of the programme of events for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

CPD Points:

Attendance at the conference is recognised by the IAI under their CPD programme (1 point per hour of attendance) .

The RIAI have ascribed 8 structured CPD points for attendance at this event (Nov 5th – 1 point, Nov 7th – 3 points, Nov 8th – 4 points).

Tickets on sale now!

Four day and individual day tickets for the Kilkenny aspect of Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy are available here. 

Tickets for the Dublin events are available here.

If you need any further information please contact Liam Mannix. lmannix@heritagecouncil.ie

Speakers and workshop leaders:

  • Prof. Brian Fagan, University of California. Topics: Archaeology and society and adapting to climate change
  • Tomm Moore, Co-Founder, Cartoon Saloon. Topic: The archaeology of animation 
  • Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, Museum of London Archaeology – Topic: The art of archaeological placemaking
  • Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions, York Archaeological Trust – Topic: Archaeology as an attraction for visitors and an enhancer of local sense of place
  • Benjamin Grahn Danielson, Archaeologist, Picea Kulturarv. Topic: Digging together: archaeology as a method in municipal planning
  • Diarmaid Walshe, Co-Creator, Operation Nightingale. Topic: Inclusion and cohesion within archaeology and society
  • Barney Devine, Development Manager, Battles Bricks and Bridges. Topic: Archaeology as a way of bringing a community together and dealing with conflict 
  • Clare Tuffy, Manager of Brú na Bóinne WHS visitor centre. Topic: World heritage and the surrounding community in Brú na Bóinne
  • Christine Baker, Community Archaeologist, Fingal County Council. Topic: Community archaeology in Fingal
  • Prof. Graeme Warren, Head of School, Dept. of Archaeology, UCD. Topic: Community archaeology in Glendalough
  • Faye Sayer, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University. Topic: Can digging make you happy?
  • Emma McKervey, Poet. Topic: Archaeology and poetry
  • Jack Doherty, Ceramicist. Topic: Archaeology as an inspiration for contemporary ceramics
  • Gareth Kennedy, Visual Artist and Lecturer, NCAD. Topic: Archaeology as inspiration for two contemporary art projects
  • Sarah Lincoln, Visual Artist. Topic: Archaeological excavation techniques as inspiration for a contemporary art project
  • Eamonn McEneaney, Director, Waterford Museum of Treasure. Topic: Archaeology based regeneration in Waterford
  • Jane Hebblewhite, Senior Heritage Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council. Topic: Creating vibrant public realms out of Chester’s amphitheatre and city walls
  • Jonathan Ford, Heritage Ranger, Papay Development Trust. Topic: Heritage led regeneration on a small island
  • David Ross, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter. Topic: Interpreting archaeological sites that have no remaining archaeology
  • Michael O’Boyle, Director, Bluett O’Donoghue Architects. Topic: Rejuvenating late medieval and early modern buildings
  • Una Ni Mhearain, Architect, Consarc. Topic: Saving a medieval tower from ruin and creating a public park
  • Fergal McNamara, Principal, 7L Architects. Topic: Placemaking at the Loro Gate
  • Alan Hayden, Director, Archaeological Projects Ltd. Topic: Excavating an apothecary
  • Edmond O'Donavan, Transporting the Francis Bacon studio from London to Dublin
  • Michael Conway, Owner, The Hole in the Wall. Topic: Restoring the Hole in the Wall
  • Grace Fegan, Curator, Medieval Mile Museum. Tour topic: The evolution of the Medieval Mile Museum
  • Cóilín O Drisceoil, Director, Kilkenny Archaeology. Tour topic: Renewal of medieval places in Kilkenny
  • Evelyn Graham, Project Architect, Kilkenny County Council – Tour topic: Creating the Medieval Mile Museum 
  • Gary Dempsey, Co-Founder, Digital Heritage Age. Demonstration topic: Digital recording of archaeological objects
  • Matt Seaver, Assistant Keeper, National Museum of Ireland. Workshop topic: The role of archaeological objects in placemaking
  • Paddy Mathews, Head of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Fáilte Ireland. Discussion session topic: The interaction of tourism with archaeology 
  • Colm Murray, Architecture Officer, The Heritage Council. Workshop topic: Conservation planning for archaeologists. Also tour of Heritage Council.
  • Sharon Greene, Editor, Archaeology Ireland. Workshop topic: Writing for a general audience for archaeologists
  • Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation, The Heritage Council. Workshop topic: Taking stock of community archaeology
  • Christy Cunniffe, Community Archaeologist, Galway County Council. Workshop Topic: Taking stock of community archaeology
  • Liam Mannix, Project Manager, Irish Walled Towns Network. Workshop topic: Placemaking: architects, planners and archaeologists working together
  • Mary Teehan, Coordinator of Archaeology 2025 Strategy, The Discovery Programme. Panel discussion topic: The future of the archaeological profession
  • Helene O'Keefe, Head of Education and Communications. Panel discussion topic: Communicating archaeology