When you have been around for 400 years, it is not surprising that you can become a little taken for granted.
The Walls of Derry are so visible as a feature of the city of Derry, it is easy to assume that there is nothing new to discover about them.
In this quadricentennial year, Holywell Trust believes it is time to shake up our preconceptions about our national monument and have brought together an unparalleled line-up of experts for a weekend of talks and practical workshops.
The Walls 400! History Conference takes place this weekend - Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 - in the Verbal Arts Centre by Bishop’s Gate.
Some of the questions to be teased out at the unique two day conference include: What was the legal basis for the confiscation and plantation of Derry? How much of the 1613 designs remain in the present day Derry’s Walls? What stories lie behind the evolution of the separate communities of the Fountain and Bogside which live in the shadow of the Walls? Who actually owns Derry’s Walls and how are the Walls perceived today?
Speakers include Dr Brian Lacey, who will examine Derry before the arrival of the Londoners; Prof James Stevens Curl, who will look at the background to the financing and building of the Walls; Dr Annaleigh Margey, who will use 17th century maps and surveys to examine the place of the Walls in the contemporary landscape and perception; and Eamon McCann who will look at how the communities view the Walls today.
Tickets for the event are priced at £10 (£5 concession) and must be reserved and paid for in advance of the conference. Conference size is limited to 100 delegates. Contact The Playhouse Box Office on (028) 71268027.