Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology Day



This free one day public event is organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council to reflect the growing interest in community based archaeological and heritage recording in county Wicklow. Come along to find out via a series of short presentations about various community based archaeological research projects underway, planned or completed in Wicklow and elsewhere and find out how you can get involved.


  • To support existing and encourage new, community based archaeological and heritage recording initiatives
  • To provide opportunities for various groups to showcase their work and to share information and experiences
  • To explore opportunities and mutual challenges for the development of community based archaeology in Wicklow

Who should attend?

The event will be of benefit to those individuals and community based groups who are actively involved in researching and recording their local heritage, as well as those who are considering embarking upon such projects in the future. PURE Mile Groups, Tidy Towns Groups, members of historical societies, graveyard committees, academics, students, statutory bodies and local tourism and development agencies are also likely to have an interest in attending.

How to book?

This event is FREE of charge however booking is required as places are limited. To book a place click HERE or send an e mail with your name and contact details to dburns@wicklowcoco.ie

 The Event Programme (also on pdf below)

10.00 – 10.15  Welcome: Aims & Context, Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council

10.15 – 10.30  Community Archaeology in Fingal– Christine Baker, Community Archaeologist,Fingal County Council

10. 30 – 10.45  The Wicklow Rock Art Project – Clíodhna Ní Lionain

                                                                Q & A

11.00                                     TEA/COFFEE

11.30 – 11.45  Heritage Recording via the PURE Mile – Glenmalure Pure Mile group

11.45 – 12.00  The Medieval Bray Project– David McIlreavy

12.00 – 12.15  Spinans Hill Photogrammetry Project – James O Driscoll

12.15 – 12.30  The Adopt A Monument Scheme: – Roisin Burke & Neil Jackman Abarta Heritage

12.30 –12.45  Glendalough Heritage Forum Collaboration – Graeme Warren, School of Archaeology, UCD

12.45 – 1.00  Community Owned Archaeology: a perspective from the field  -Paul Duffy

1.00- 1.45                                             LUNCH

1.45 – 2.45  The Preban Graveyard Heritage Project –Introduced by Yvonne Whitty & Jack Lynch followed by a film screening (40 mins)

                                                                Q & A

2.45  – 3.45  Workshop Session: Where to next?

  Group exercise and feedback

3.45- 4.00  Close and wrap up– Deirdre Burns

4.00   Glendalough Graveyard Trail –an optional guided tour led by Joan Kavanagh. This trail was created by local volunteers in association with the Glendalough Heritage Forum following their survey of the graveyard with John Tierney of www.historicgraves.ie

This event is one of a programme of actions of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan supported jointly by Wicklow County Council and The Heritage Council. The encouragement of community engagement with and active participation in Wicklow’s heritage is a key objective of the Heritage Plan. It is hoped that the workshop element of this event will directly inform the content of the third county heritage plan which is currently being drafted by the Wicklow Heritage Forum.

Download the programme as a pdf below

Presentation and proseedings for this event are available on this site under topics, click HERE to access



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