All lectures will be held from 1pm - 2pm and are free.

  • Booking is not required.
  • Lectures in the Ulster Museum will take place in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor.


Friday 14 September

Linen Hall Library

Walking the talk through historic places: the case of Ebrington Barracks

Dr Andrew McClelland, Postdoctoral Researcher, Maynooth University

Friday 7 December

Ulster Museum

Cult and Kingship in the First Millennium AD: Emain Macha and Religion in Northern Europe

Dr Patrick Gleeson, Lecturer, QUB

Two of the defining characteristics of first-millennium AD Northern Europe are religious change and the emergence of new forms of rulership following the collapse of the Roman Empire. This lecture explores the links between these processes amongst the peoples of Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia. In particular, drawing on new research into the 'royal sites' of Iron Age Ireland, recent remote sensing survey at Navan Fort, and excavation at 'central places' in Britain and Scandinavia, it explores the emergence of new cult landscapes in northern Europe and their link to nascent institutions of sacral kingship. It will compare and contrast cult landscapes in Ireland and Northern Europe, and explore how ideologies of rulership  were transformed by new and emerging religions and beliefs systems in the 3rd to 9th centuries AD.


Friday 11 January

Ulster Museum

A Short History of Clare Castle, Co. Armagh

Hugh Daly, Historian

Clare Glen is a delightful walk along the banks of the River Cusher, about one mile from Tandragee in County Armagh. But did you know that years ago a castle overlooked Clare Glen? This talk will take you through the 200 year history of the castle, its occupants and key events.

Friday 22 February

Ulster Museum

New thoughts on Millin Bay Cairn – interpretation and presentation

Liam McQuillan, Senior Archaeologist, HED

Friday 5 April

Ulster Museum

Gaelic Recovery- Recovery of Ulster’s material heritage as a resource for contemporary cultural expression

Peter Mc Elhinney, PHD student, University of Bradford

This lecture will explore the materiality of late medieval Ulster through technical analysis of eighteen objects found in the region’s bogs. Research has combined historical and ethnographic information to contextualise the cultural and physical landscape in which these objects were made and used, and to ‘join the dots’ between archaeological and folk based material traditions. In addition, the work assesses the historical role of cultural revival initiatives, archaeology, and museums in relation to Gaelic material memory in Ireland.

Friday 7 June

Ulster Museum

Kiltierney Deerpark Co. Fermanagh: Long serving ritual landscape

Claire Foley, Archaeologist

Kiltierney Deerpark is an unusually well-preserved landscape in Co Fermanagh with evidence of prehistoric, medieval, post medieval and 20th century activity. The elements will be teased apart using early accounts, maps, aerial photos and Lidar.

Friday 21 June

Ulster Museum

Paper mills in the north of Ireland: an overview

Dr Alison Muir, Paper Conservator, NMNI

There is evidence for a total of 45 paper mills, large and small, that existed in NI at some time between 1705 and 1999, some in work for just a few years and others that operated for generations. While the sites of 20 are known and recorded in the NMBR, the sites of others (known from excise records and government papers, deeds and advertisements) can be conjectured with varying degrees of certainty.