In his latest publication Dr Salveson explores the cultural heritage and identity of Lancashire, stretching from the Mersey to the Lake District, charting the county’s transformation from a largely agricultural region noted for its religious learning into the Industrial Revolution’s powerhouse, as an emerging self-confident bourgeoisie drove economic growth.

Lecture by Dr Paul Salveson, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bolton and Huddersfield

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 2pm at Liverpool Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool,L1 3DD
Entrance is by ticket only

In his latest publication Dr Salveson explores the cultural heritage and identity of Lancashire, stretching from the Mersey to the Lake District, charting the county’s transformation from a largely agricultural region noted for its religious learning into the Industrial Revolution’s powerhouse, as an emerging self-confident bourgeoisie drove economic growth. This capital boom came with a cultural blossoming, creating today’s Lancashire.

Lancashire developed a distinct business culture, but this was also the birthplace of the world co-operative movement, and the heart of democracy campaigns including Chartism and women’s suffrage. Lancashire has generally welcomed incomers, who have long helped to inform its distinctive identity: fourteenth-century Flemish weavers; nineteenth-century Irish immigrants and Jewish refugees; and, more recently, ‘New Lancastrians’ from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

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Another chance to see our February 2024 Lecture: Northeast Wales and parts of Cheshire are traditionally thought to be areas where relatively little ‘high-status’ rural settlement existed during the Roman period but this view has been challenged by the discovery of a Roman villa near Wrexham in 2021. In this talk Dr Caroline Pudney from the University of Chester reports on the ‘In Search of Roman Rural Settlement’ project.

Roman villa model

Lecture by Dr Caroline Pudney, Senior Lecture in Archaeology, University of Chester recorded on 21 February 2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk-3b8Yq-ZA/

Northeast Wales and parts of Cheshire are traditionally thought to be areas where relatively little ‘high-status’ rural settlement existed during the Roman period. Instead the landscape is considered to be largely populated by military, industrial and associated settlements. However, the discovery of a Roman villa near Wrexham in 2021 potentially challenges this thesis. When considered in conjunction with broader evidence for Roman activity, such as from metal detected finds, it points to a more vibrant part of Britannia than previously thought. This talk introduces the ‘In Search of Roman Rural Settlement’ project, with updates on the Rossett villa excavations, the ongoing research and potential avenues for future developments.

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