27th edition of the Calpe Conference organised by the Gibraltar National Museum

Thursday 21st September - Saturday 23rd September
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Calpe Conference 2023

The Three Anniversaries (1783, 1848, 1893). Gibraltar: from the Great Siege to the construction of the Naval Dockyard, including the Discovery of its Famous Skull. History and Heritage.



The 2023 edition of the Calpe Conference, organised by the Gibraltar National Museum, will be taking place between Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd September at the University of Gibraltar.

This year’s theme commemorates three important dates in the Gibraltar history calendar: the first is the end of the Great Siege in 1783 (240 years), the longest siege in British military history. The second is the discovery of the famous Gibraltar 1 Neanderthal skull in 1848 (175 years); the third is the start of works related to the construction of the Gibraltar Dockyard in 1893 (130 years).

Prof Catherine Bachleda, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, will be welcoming the speakers and attendees. This will be followed by the official opening of the conference by the Hon Prof John Cortes, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage and Culture.

The three-day programme will feature talks from renowned academics from the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Israel, Malta, France, Spain and Portugal but also includes leading researchers from the Gibraltar National Museum: Beacon Professor Prof Clive Finlayson, University Research Fellow Prof Geraldine Finlayson, Research Associate Dr Stewart Finlayson and Senior Research Associate Dr Alex Menez. Dr Darren Fa, Director of Academic Programmes and Research at the University of Gibraltar will also be delivering a talk on 21st September titled The Great Siege as a Tipping Point for ‘Fortress Gibraltar’.

The University is proud to host this important event, providing an unparalleled opportunity to engage with world-leading specialists in History and Heritage. Read the full programme here.

For further information please visit the Gibraltar National Museum website.

Register now to secure your place at the conference. Registration is free for local residents wishing to attend. A registration fee is payable by non-residents.

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