Welcome!

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It is a delight to welcome prominent British artist Kate Whiteford to the conference.  Along with fellow artists Julia Sorrell, Mary Lloyd Jones and Brian Graham, Kate will be spearheading the conversation about the part that fine art has to play in archaeological enquiry.  She says:

“Over the years I have created a number of land drawings to be seen primarily from the air, and not fully visible at ground level.

I excavate an image related to the site for a limited period of time and the memory of that image is embedded in the site when it is back-filled.”

Her presentation will include a selection of short aerial films.

 

Music at the Conference Dinner

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Eleri Turner – Harpist

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Classically trained at University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, but later changed direction to use the harp in Music Therapy.  Eleri currently works with pre-school autistic children and mothers, and also as a local harp teacher.

“I get a thrill from being asked to participate in a local event on my beautiful 135 year old French Gothic Erard harp.”

 

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I am thrilled that Professor Michael Shanks is planning to come over from Stanford University to take part in the conference and I look forward to meeting him.

His book ‘The Archaeological Imagination’ has been a real source of pleasure to me, especially as he describes the archaeological imagination as something that ‘recreates the world behind the ruin’, and ‘is a concern for what remains’.

He will be opening up his box of delights for us on Wednesday 27 February at 11am.

Accommodation in Town

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Prefer to stay in the town on Aberystwyth’s seafront rather than in University accommodation?  The Marine Hotel on Marine Terrace is offering a special rate for conference delegates.

Double room with single occupancy – £65 per night

Double or twin room with double occupancy – £85 per night

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Contact them on 01970 612444, or email info@gwestymarinehotel.co.uk

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Professor Jennifer Wallace’s book ‘Digging the Dirt’ stirred in me a passion to know more about the archaeological imagination when I first read it ten years ago.  It will be a delight to meet her at the conference.  She brings an important perspective from the realms of literature, and as she explains:

“My lecture focuses upon the barrows of the South Downs and Charlotte Smith’s remarkable poem Beachy Head (1807).  Here was the crucible of the Romantic imagination.”

She will be opening the conference on Wednesday 27 February at 11am.

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It will be a privilege to welcome Professor Lord Colin Renfrew to the conference. He has indicated that he will be speaking about the appeal that ancient prehistoric art has had for artists.

“Contemporary art often finds inspiration in the directness and essential simplicity of the works of the prehistoric past,” he says, quoting Brancusi and Richard Long. I look forward to being there at his presentation at 11am on Thursday 28 February.

 

Accommodation

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A tranche of ninety university accommodation places has now been booked for conference delegates. This will be on campus in Cwrt Mawr, at a cost of £28.50 per night.  Up to three nights can be booked for this conference on the Registration page.  Details of the accommodation are on the university’s website.

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Booking also secures free access to the university’s Sports Centre for the duration of the stay.  So come with your swimming costume or your running gear and make the most of this opportunity.

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Welsh Minister

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The Welsh Government Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has confirmed that he will be coming to address the conference on the 28th February.

Conference Dinner

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I can confirm that there will be a conference dinner on the evening of the first day, Wednesday 27th February 2019.  This will be a great opportunity to chat with a wide range of people, eat great food, and relax to live music.  Booking in advance using the registration form is recommended as places are limited.

Site Visit

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As the conference begins to take shape, it is exciting to see the range of expertise being brought to bear on the subject of art and the archaeological imagination through the range of speakers who have agreed to come.

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The afternoon sessions will include the option to investigate Pen Dinas, the Iron Age fort which overlooks Aberystwyth town. On Wednesday 1.45pm, John Dollery (RCAHMW) will be taking a group out to the site, transport provided.  This is free and can be booked on the registration form.  On Thursday, the Search Room of the RCAHMW will be open to display maps, field notes, drawings, images and other material related to the archaeological work undertaken on the site.  This is free and transport will be provided