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Ireland, Museums, Empire, Colonialism

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Ireland, Museums, Empire, Colonialism conference 

8-9 April 2022

This inter-disciplinary conference (IMEC) will interrogate the complexities of Ireland’s relationship with the British Empire, and of Irish involvement in colonialism. It will connect researchers and practitioners interested in objects, archives, buildings, and landscapes in both public and private spaces and throughout the island of Ireland; and will inform current debates surrounding collections from formerly colonised regions.

IMEC is part of an ESRC-funded project on Museums, Empire and Northern Irish Identity at Queen’s University Belfast, taking place within the Institute of Irish Studies and Centre for Public History. The partners in the project are National Museums NI, the Irish Museums AssociationNorthern Ireland Museums Council and the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University.



Professor Hakim Adi (University of Chichester), Professor Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), Lynn Scarff (National Museum of Ireland), Dr Audrey Whitty (National Museum of Ireland and Irish Museums Association).

Venue: Ulster Museum and Queen’s University Belfast.

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All those attending in person must adhere to the Covid guidelines as outlined here and the Event Admissions policy outlined here.

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