Full Programme

Tickets may be purchased for the full series or for each panel simply by clicking on a panel title. 

Theme 1: Monuments in 2021 – Global Themes and Irish Perspectives

5 May 2021 | 7.30pm via ZOOM

Panel 1: Public Monuments and Conflicted Pasts

Series Launch: Malcolm Noonan, Minister of State at Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


Chair: Philip Ward-Jackson, formerly Conway Librarian at the Courtauld Institute and author of Public Sculpture of the City of London, 2003

Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

Exhibiting Values in Public Space

Dr Ian Morley, Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of History

Understanding Ourselves with Monuments: The Value of Context

Prof. Paula Murphy, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

 Removing the Evidence – the Rejection of Public Monuments in Dublin

Theme 2: Monuments and Irish Contexts


19 May 2021 | 7.30pm via ZOOM 

Panel 2: Famine Memorials

Chair: Prof. Mary E. Daly, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Dublin, past President of the Royal Irish Academy

Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

Irish Famine Monuments, Past and Present

Prof. Cormac Ó Gráda, UCD School of Economics

Famine Monuments and Famine Memories

Dr Andrew Newby, University of Helsinki Department of Cultures Centre for Nordic Study,

 “Not Even A Simple Wooden Cross”: Searching for Memorials to Finland’s “Great Hunger Years”


2 June 2021 | 7.30pm via ZOOM

Panel 3: Cross-Carved Stone Monuments

Chair, Nancy Edwards, Professor Emerita of Medieval Archaeology at Bangor University and author of the multi-volume A corpus of early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture in Wales (2007, 2013)

Dr Megan Henvey, University of York Department of History of Art

The Contexts of the Northern Crosses

Ms Ana Dolan, Senior Architect Office of Public Works

The Future Conservation of the Crosses

Dr Mark Hall, Collections Officer Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Monumental Lifeways: Biographical Trajectories on Early Medieval Pictish Sculpture


Theme 3: Monuments – 21st Century Heritage


16 June 2021 | 7.30pm via ZOOM

Panel 4: Monuments and Community Identity

Chair: Rachel Moss, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, author of Art and Architecture of Ireland: Vol. I Medieval (2014)

Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling History, Heritage and Politics Division

‘The human story’: social value, biography and carved stones

Ms Pauline Gleeson, National Monuments Service

Sense and Stability: Supporting communities and custodians in the care and conservation of archaeological monuments

Ms Michael Ann Bevivino, Discovery Programme and University College Dublin School of Art History and Cultural Policy

Replicating the Crosses of Kells


30 June 2021 | 7.30pm via ZOOm

Panel 5: Digitising the Past

Chair: Lynda Mulvin, Professor of Art History, University College Dublin and and UCD Digital Cultures Strand Leader

Ms Lorna Elms, National Museum of Ireland Project Development Officer

The Irish Community Archive Network: supporting communities to digitise the(ir) past

Dr Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt, Swedish National Heritage Board Senior Researcher

Ancient Images and Everlasting Runes – 3D-documentation of Swedish Runestones and Picture Stones

Prof. Wim Huppertez,Prof. Wim Hupperetz, director Allard Pierson – the collections of the University of Amsterdam 

Digital curation of heritage collections: practice and prophecies