4th Conference of the International Bridges Group


After three successful conferences in London, Prague and Salisbury, the meeting of the International Bridges Group in 2018 will be taking place in Regensburg (24–26 August). The conference will bring together historians, art historians, and archeologists. The goal is to discuss new ideas on medieval bridges and cities in which these bridges are located. One focus of the meeting will be English medieval bridges, followed by bridges of Central Europe and the Byzantine region.

Shoreside panorama of Regensburg, picture: Karsten Dörre (source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Regensburg_08_2006_2.jpg#filelinks)

The weekend programme will include a guided tour of the city and the cathedral of Regensburg, and a close study of the stone bridge, its existing and non-existing towers, and the hospital close to it.

If you are interested in participating in the conference please send an e-mail to until 10th of August 2018.

The conference fee for all delegates will be 60 Euros (including admission fees and catering on Saturday).

The partners of this year’s conference are the Chair of European History at Regensburg University, the Chair of Medieval History at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, and the Research Training Group KRITIS at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.


Friday, August 24

7 pm Dinner

Saturday, August 25

8:45 pm Welcome

9-10 pm Guided tour of Regensburg Cathedral

11-12:30 pm Section I: London and beyond: Bridges of medieval England (Chair: Gerrit Jasper Schenk)
Peter Cross Rudkin: The Waterloo Bridge
Dorian Gerhold: The buildings on the London Bridge
David Harrison (London): Eleventh and twelfth century bridges: A comparison of England and continental Europe

12:30-2 pm Lunch

2-3:30 pm Section II: Medieval Bridges of Central Europe (Chair: Jana Gadjosová)
Christian Forster (GWZO, Leipzig): Annotations of a map of medieval bridges in Central Europe
Alice Klima (University of Georgia): Bridge of Reform: the Roudnice Bridge on the Elbe in the Medieval Bohemian Landscape
Charlotte Neubert (University of Regensburg): Bridge and hospital of Regensburg

3:30-4 pm Coffee break

4:-5:30 pm Section III: Construction, Desctruction and Restauration of Bridges (Chair: David Harrison)
Galina Finagarova (University of Vienna): Byzantine Stone Bridges: Building Materials, Construction Techniques, and Structural Innovations
Stephanie Eifert / Gerrit Jasper Schenk (TU Darmstadt): Destructive powers and conserving rituals: Frankfurt's bridge as 'critical infrastructure' and the Magdalena-flood of 1342
Saliah Yeke (Bursa): The Irgandi Bridge

8 pm Conference Dinner

Sunday, August 26

9:30-10:30 am Visit of the Regensburg bridge

10.30-12:00 pm Visit of the Hospital and Old Town

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30-2:30 pm Visit of the Historisches Museum

7:00 pm Informal Dinner


Anita Schilz
TU Darmstadt, Institut für Geschichte
Dolivostraße 15, 64293 Darmstadt