paper looking at the material culture of gaelic ulster- archaeology and museums. politics of partition British and Irish cultural approaches, gaelic tendency to avoid capital development, poor enforcement of historical protection, archaeological approaches for late medieval with urban focus, no coherent wetland strategy for Ulster/N.Ireland, museum approach to dealing with archaeology and folk- separation of these into separate museums, folk often away from urban centres, politics emphasises a north south divide over a much older and more significant south eastern, northwestern split based on norman settlement patterns, feudal/tribal administration. folk collections start after famine, quite murky before then- no link between medieval gaelic and folk