Many archaeological monuments are being impacted upon by the changes in the environment they are in and the Climate Crisis. This series of online talks was run by the NMI, to explore how archaeologists and conservation architects are tracking, and responding to these threats. The talks discuss the problems for archaeological sites arising from severe weather, what actions are being taken in response to this and suggests how technology and other approaches can be utilized to manage the situation, or to record the monuments before they are lost.
This was the first online lecture series run by the National Museum of Ireland, was organised by the Education Department at NMI-Archaeology and are introduced by Nessa O’Connor, Assistant Keeper and archaeologist in the Irish Antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland.
Climate Change and Archaeology Lecture (1): What it Means for our Built and Archaeological Heritage
The first talk was an overview of the impacts climate change is having on our cultural heritage and the actions the State is taking to address the challenges. It also explained the work of the Irish Governments, Climate Change Advisory Group for Built & Archaeological Heritage and was given by Jacqui Donnelly, Senior Architect, Built Heritage Policy, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Pauline Gleeson, Senior Archaeologist in the National Monuments Service.
This online lecture was pre-recorded and was broadcasted as a live event on Thursday 20th May, 2021, at 1pm.
Climate Change and Archaeology Lecture (2): Can the Past Adapt to an Uncertain Future?
The second talk looked at global and local case studies and hidden opportunities in responding to and managing the effects of climate change on archaeological landscapes and monuments and was given by Dr Cathy Daly, Senior Lecturer in the School of History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln.
This online lecture was pre-recorded and was broadcasted as a live event with questions and answers on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021, at 1pm.
Climate Change and Archaeology Lecture (3): Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Archaeological Sites in Co. Kerry
The third talk explained how the state is addressing the impacts of climate change on three major archaeological sites in County Kerry, including the UNESCO site of Skellig Michael and was given by Fergus McCormick, Senior Architect in the Monuments Section of the Office of Public Works.
This online lecture was pre-recorded and was broadcasted as a live event with questions and answers on Tuesday 20th July, 2021, 1pm.
Climate Change Lecture (4): Climate Change Impacts on our Coastal Cultural Heritage
The fourth talk lecture in the series explored the work of the CHERISH Project and their work, surveying and recording cultural heritage in order to map cultural heritage sites in the coastal and marine zone, and to measure the rates of climate induced change and further archaeological research, and was given by Sandra Henry, the lead Research Archaeologist for the CHERISH project with The Discovery Programme.
This online lecture was pre-recorded and was broadcasted as a live event with questions and answers on Friday 20th August, 2021, 1pm.