Kilkenny Archaeological Society (KAS) and the Rothe House Trust (RHT) are staging a conference at Rothe House on 27th April 2013 to share recent summaries of knowledge on the interpretation of the House. Works will commence in 2013 to re-present the house as an ‘exemplar of an early seventeenth century merchant’s house’, in line with the Conservation Plan which was published in 2002. Kilkenny Archaeological Society (KAS) and The Rothe House Trust (RHT) are staging a conference to share recent summaries of knowledge on the interpretation of the House. The Conference is being held to ensure that recent extensive research is coupled with the collective knowledge of society members and friends of Rothe House and suitably reflected in the re-presentation. Recent archaeological research will be presented to stimulate debate about the most appropriate interpretation and presentation messages that the Trust and Society ought to strive to communicate through the Renaissance project. The programme for the day includes

9:30     Registration and coffee

Chair, morning session – Ann Tierney, Council Member KAS

10:00     Welcome – David Culleton, Chairman, RHT

10:15     ‘Rothe House in history – unanswered questions’
Colm Murray, Board Member RHT, Architecture Officer, the Heritage Council

10:30     ‘The recent archaeological digs and the garden studies at Rothe House’
Colin O’Drisceoil, Director, Kilkenny Archaeology

11:15               Coffee break

11:30     ‘Moments in time: medieval, Renaissance and post-medieval Rothe House’
Jason Bolton, Archaeologist and historic buildings consultant

12:15               Discussion
1:00-2:00         Lunch

Chair, afternoon session – Peter McQuillan, President KAS

2:00     ‘The fabric studies for House 2 and 3. Medieval urban building – the context’
Ben Murtagh, Archaeologist

3:00     ‘the sixteenth century Urban context of Rothe House’
(speaker to be confirmed)

3:35                 Discussion
4:30                 Close