Friends of the Derry Walls Winter/Spring Lecture Programme


Thursday 30th November 2017

william-roulston-imageThe origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley- Dr William Roulston 

Presbyterians have been gathering for public worship in north-west Ulster for nearly four centuries. The early history of Presbyterianism in this region is one of endurance in the face of adversity, patience during periods of persecution, and bravery during times of conflict.”

Talk 7pm Lecture Halls, First Derry Presbyterian Church, Upper Magazine St.

Eventbrite - The origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley

Dr William Roulston is Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds a PhD in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast. He has written a number of books, including Fermanagh: History and Society (edited with Eileen Murphy, Dublin, 2004), Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (Belfast, 2005), Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (Dublin, 2007), Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish: a history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900 (Strabane, 2010) and Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court(Belfast, 2014). Dr William Roulston is a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Saturday 9th December 2017


Architecture of the Walled City- Walls Winter Walking Tour – Mark Lusby

Walking Tour 10-12.30pm including coffee break, starting from the Sandwich Co, Bishop St Within.

As an early December opportunity to clamber around all 5 surviving bastions and some of the Walled City’s architectural gems, this is  #heritageforthehardy  Bring your thermals, sou’westers and hot drinks as this walk will go ahead whatever the weather throws at us! Lasting two and half hours, there will be time for a coffee break half way through.

Eventbrite - Architecture of the Walled City - Walls Winter Walking Tour
The tour will be conducted by Mark Lusby but usually experts in architecture and history join the tour to keep us right. Mark Lusby is a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University Belfast where he will be looking at contested narratives and use of these narratives in the conservation and regeneration of fortifications. Since 2011, Mark has been coordinator for the Friends of the Derry Walls and prior to that worked for 25 years in urban and rural development projects in England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Thursday 15th February 2018

Image,63155,enUnderstanding the Archaeology of the Walled City- Dr Sarah Gormley

Talk 7pm Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane, Bishop’s Street Within.

In 2017, the Friends of the Derry Walls commissioned Queen’s University Belfast to review past archaelogical investigations of the Walled City and to produce recommendations for future investigations. Dr Sarah Gormley of QUB School of Archaeology and Palaeoecology is well placed to update us on the latest thinking on the evolution of the Monastic Island of Derry and the Plantation Walled City.

Eventbrite - Understanding the Archaeology of the Walled City- Sarah Gormley

It’s free but we’d love some small donations or other offers of support at the event to help the Friends grow our educational work about the Walls.

On completion of her undergraduate degree, Sarah was employed within the School of Archaeology and Palaeoecology as a researcher and undertook a number of post-excavation and research projects. In 2004 Sarah completed an MPhil degree, with a dissertation on The Phasing and Dating of the Timber Circle Complex, Ballynahatty, Co. Down. Sarah has subsequently undertaken Phase 2 of the Condition and Management Survey of the Archaeological Resource for Northern Ireland, a project which assessed the survival and condition of 1500 sites and monuments. She has directed excavations at St Thomas’ Church, Rathlin Island and St Elizabeth’s Church, Dundonald, Co. Down and has completed landscape and heritage surveys of the Belfast Hills and the Ballygroll prehistoric burial landscape.

Thursday 8th March 2018

AnnaleighWalls400 History Lecture – 1618-2018 Year of the Surveyor

Mapping the Plantation City – Annaleigh Margey

Dr Annaleigh Margey, Lecturer in History at Dundalk Institute of Technology will discuss the place of the walls in landscape and in perception with a particular focus on the livery company maps of the Londonderry Plantation. While to modern viewers, they appear as basic drawings with little by way of modern cartographic expectation, the maps became fundamental tools in the development and shaping of plantation landscapes in the city and county.

Talk 7pm Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane, Bishop St Within.
Eventbrite - Mapping the Plantation City – Annaleigh Margey

Annaleigh Margey is a Lecturer in History at Dundalk Institute of Technology. She studied for her BA and PhD at NUI, Galway. Her PhD research titled ‘Mapping during the Irish Plantations, 1550- 1636’, focused on the surveys and maps created by surveyors in Ireland during the decades of plantation. She subsequently held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship and a J.B. Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography to continue this research at Trinity College Dublin. More recently, Annaleigh has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen on ‘The 1641 Depositions Project’ and at the Institute of Historical Research, London where she conducted research on the property and charity of the Clothworkers’ Company in early modern London. She has also worked as a researcher on a project at NUI, Maynooth and the National Library of Ireland focusing on the rentals and maps in the landed estates of Ireland collections in the library’s holdings. She has recently been awarded an R.J. Hunter Bursary to further her work on the plantations in Ireland, focusing speci cally on the ‘Towns and the Londonderry plantation, 1609-1709: the urban network of a plantation county’. Most recently, she has edited a book with her colleagues Elaine Murphy and Eamon Darcy on The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion, and will shortly publish another book Mapping Ireland, c.1550-1636: a catalogue of the early modern manuscript maps of Ireland with the Irish Manuscripts Commission. She has written several articles on early modern mapping in Ireland, particularly on Ulster, and on the 1641 depositions.

Saturday 14th April 2018

Watermarked(2017-06-17-1541)Coach trip to Northern Ireland’s Other Walled Town- Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Town Walls, Museum and Castle.

Saturday 8th September 2018

Walls400 – 1618-2018 Year of the Surveyor

Derry Walls Day

Spring 2018

Investing of the 2018 Derry Walls Junior Wardens

Summer 2018

Archaeological excavation on the Banking

Friends of the Derry Walls Programme for 2019

7th-9th March 2019

Walls400 1619-2019 History Conference

Sat 31st August & Sat 14th September 2019

Walls400 1619-2019 Derry Walls Days