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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Carrickfergus Castle Conference: Friday 28 October 2011

Carrickfergus Castle: Earls, Gunners & Tourists is a conference organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Castle Studies Group and Carrickfergus Borough Council. The conference will explore the Castle's past and future and look at the need for a full review of the state of the Castle's research, conservation and presentation. The aim of the conference is to inform the local community and the wider academic one of the plans for this, concentrating on the Great Tower, which needs urgent physical conservation.



Carrickfergus Castle was first built at the end of the 12th century (probably started in 1177-9) and was continuously occupied from then until 1927 when the army handed it over to the Northern Ireland Government as an Ancient Monument. It was built on a rocky promontory projecting into the sea with three wards; the inner one is dominated by a Great Tower; the outer by the double-towered gatehouse.

Location: Carrickfergus Town Hall - Jubilee Hall
Date: Friday 28 October 2011

Programme Schedule:

09:00
Registration & Reception
09:40 Welcome Address to Conference by Mayor Alderman Jim McClurg
09:50 Terence Reeves-Smyth (NIEA) - Lecture ‘Carrickfergus Great Tower and its Roof - Problems and Opportunities’
10:30 Pamela Marshall ‘Great Towers in Context’
11:10 Tea & Coffee
11:40 John Goodall (Country Life) - ‘Evidence and Preconception: Restoring and Presenting Great Towers’
12:20 Kathryn Roberts ‘Castle Conservation in Practice - Cheptow and Harlech’
13:00 Lunch (a light lunch is provided)
14:00 Con Manning (Dept. Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht) - ‘The Great Tower in Ireland’
14:40 Dermot MacRandal (NIEA) - ‘Practicalities of Creating Replica Historic Roofs’
15:20 Tea & Coffee
15:50 Tom NcNeill - ‘Carrickfergus Castle. The Evidence and A Way Forward’
16:30 -17.30 Discussion

Attendance:
The conference organisers are asking for a donation for attendance of £8 (includes a light lunch) This can be paid at the door on the way into the Conference. However, as space is limited, and in order to assist with catering arrangements, it is recommended that you inform Anthony Kirby of your attendance. This can be done by giving your name, telephone number or email address. E-Mail: [email protected]

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