Scholar in Focus: Margaret Stokes (1832-1900): Archaeologist and Antiquary

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018. 
Venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2 (please note: wheelchair facilities not available).
Registration fee: €25 / €15 concession (incl. refreshments & reception)
Booking: Online (click here) OR phone Carla Briggs at 01-7168403

This symposium celebrates the archaeologist and illustrator Margaret Stokes (1832-1900). The most important Irish woman antiquary of the Victorian era, her scholarship, editing and illustrations were esteemed by contemporaries throughout Europe. The symposium will examine Stokes' work on Irish antiquities, resulting in such notable publications as Early Christian Art in Ireland (1887), while also exploring the results of her intrepid research expeditions abroad, even late into her career.


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Registration:  9:30-10:00 @ Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

First session: Chair: Peter Harbison, MRIA

10:00  Janette Stokes, Independent Scholar: Introducing Margaret Stokes

10:30  Marie Bourke, Art and Cultural Historian: Margaret Stokes and her cultural milieu

11:00  Tea and coffee

Second session: Chair: Fintan Cullen, University of Nottingham

11:30  Jane Hawkes, History of Art, York University: Margaret Stokes and the visual translation of early Medieval monuments

12:00  Philip McEvansoneya, Department of History of Art and Architecture, TCD: Margaret Stokes, writing for money 

12:30  Q&A

1:00–2:30  Sandwich lunch provided

Optional viewings  

1:20 Early Christian artefacts studied and drawn by Margaret Stokes in the Treasury Exhibition, ground floor, National Museum of Ireland with Lynda Mulvin.

1:30 Drawings by Margaret Stokes in the Prints and Drawings Room of the National Gallery of Ireland with Anne Hodge. (Access through the Atrium, stairs to the left).

Third session: Chair: Róisín Kennedy, UCD

2:30  Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh, Independent Scholar: Margaret Stokes and George Petrie’s Christian Inscriptions. 

3:00  Lynda Mulvin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD: Margaret Stokes and pioneering investigations of ‘Irish Scribes on the Continent’

3:30  Tea and coffee

Fourth session: Chair: Audrey Whitty, NMI

4:00  Niamh NicGhabhann, University of Limerick: “Immeasurably more art in the carved decorations of a South Sea or South African spear-handle”: negotiating cultural values within nineteenth-century Irish antiquarian discourse.

4:30  Peter Murray, Art Historian: Margaret Stokes: an overview.

5:00  Q&A

Attendees are afterwards invited for a glass of wine in the RSAI garden, weather permitting.