‘Conflict, Collaboration and Early Medieval Frontiers’ – Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory public day conference

An Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory public day conference: ‘Conflict, Collaboration and Early Medieval Frontiers‘ is taking place 09.30-16.30, 1st June, at the Venue in the Park, Alyn Waters Country Park, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, LL11 4AG . Save the date!

A day conference supported by, and organised with, the Offa’s Dyke Association  addresses key themes in the study of early medieval frontiers and borderlands.

The ODA, based at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton, is keen to extend the delivery of its charitable objects along the full length of the Dyke. It is therefore very pleased to fund the venue and equipment hire of this important Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory conference.

Conference registration £10 to include tea/coffee.   Book here from the ODA online shop

Conference FAQs

Car parking? –There is a Wrexham council car park on site, cost £1.

Accessible venue? – Please advise Dave if you require space in the conference room to park a mobility aid.

Café facilities? – It is only a small café so will be unable to cater for large numbers. You might want to consider bringing your own packed lunch.

Offa’s Dyke Association pop-up shop

Selling special discounted conference price Offa’s Dyke Journals 1 -5; ODA memberships and merchandise.

Conference programme 

09.00–16.00, Saturday 1st June 2024

09.30–10.00      The Offa’s Dyke Association – David McGlade

10.00–10.30      The Dykes of the Welsh Border and the PAS data – Pauline Clarke

10.30–11.00      Conflicting evidence: the dating and character of Wat’s and Offa’s Dykes – Ian Grant, Richard Hankinson and Tim Malim

11.00–11.30      Break

11.30–12.00      Making the March: Contesting Lands in the Early Medieval Frontier – Charles Insley and Andy Seaman

12.00–12.30      Walking the Line: Offa’s Dyke from Shore to Shore in 2023 – Keith Ray

12.30–13.00      Seeing the Line: Art, creativity and perceptions of Offa’s Dyke – John G. Swogger

13.00–14.00      Lunch

14.00–14.30      The Offa’s Dyke Conservation Project – Helen Upson

14.30–14.40      New work exploring Offa’s Dyke in Flintshire – Ray Bailey

14.40–14.50      Offa’s Dyke near Ross-on-Wye: Observations and Next Steps – Terry Morgan

14.50–15.00      Drone photography of the Dyke – Julian Ravest

15.00–15.30      Break

15.30–15.40      The Future of the Offa’s Dyke Journal – Howard Williams

15.40–15.55      The Future of the Collaboratory – Keith Ray

15.55–16.00      The Offa’s Dyke Association: Next Steps – David McGlade


Seeing the Line: Art, creativity and perceptions of Offa’s Dyke – John G. Swogger & colleagues

Online material

Interview with Ray Bailey

Interview with Diana Baur and John G. Swogger