Since 2001 the Trust has organized seven  conferences to address important themes in local and national history.

The first three conferences examined the heritage of townlands, the significance of border landscapes and the concept of migration both today and in the past.

The papers read at these conferences have been published

  • The Debateable Land (2002),
  • The Heart’s Townland (2004)
  • Migration and Myth (2006)

The papers preserve the work and impact of these events.

These were followed in 2008 by a conference entitled ‘Across the Narrow Sea:  Plantations in Ulster’, and in 2010 by ‘Plantation and Retribution: Ulster 1610-1641’.

The proceedings of  the two previous  conferences “Plantation: aspects of 17th century Ulster Society”, Brendan Scott and John Dooher (Editors) have been published in partnership with the Ulster Historical Foundation.

The 2012 conference examined the decade of anniversaries with the title

  • ‘Commemorations: Inspiration or Challenge?’

In 2015 the theme of the conference was “The Border Counties and the First World War” and covered a range of subjects including, nursing, recruitment, refugees and war poetry. For more details see the Conference  Brochure