Lancashire 500-1500: re-envisioning our medieval history and heritage

February 14, 2019

Booking is now open for our April meeting to be held at Whalley Abbey on Friday 5 April 2019 in collaboration with the Regional Heritage Centre of Lancaster University. Please note that booking is essential as there is a charge for this event and places are limited.

The County Palatine of Lancashire has a fascinating medieval heritage, encompassing castles, abbeys, and a range of documents. Yet Lancashire’s medieval past has rarely been to the fore in scholarship or public appreciations of the county. In this Study Day, we seek to boost understanding of Lancashire’s medieval past. We appraise what is known of Lancashire’s medieval history and material culture, and we ask what remains to be discovered.

Further details and booking through the Regional Heritage Centre website

From 9.30 a.m.            Assemble in the Great Hall, Whalley Abbey (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase in the cafe on site)

10 am: Welcoming remarks

10.05–10.45 No longer the Dark Ages? The early medieval period – Dr Fiona Edmonds (Lancaster University)

10.45–11.15      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.15–12.45 Lancashire in the Central Middle Ages: from Norman adventurers to Plantagenet earls – Dr Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia);
Good lords and good order? Lancashire in the later Middle Ages – Dr Sarah Rose (Lancaster University)

12.45–1.45        Lunch*

1.45–3.15: A parcel of the greater regality: how the records of the Palatinate and Duchy of Lancaster held at The National Archives can help to deepen knowledge of medieval Lancashire – Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives);
The known unknowns: the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for the North West – Rachel Newman (Oxford Archaeology North)

3.15–3.45         Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.45–4.30 Medieval documents at Lancashire Archives – Jacquie Crosby (Lancashire Archives);
Medieval History and the National Curriculum: Approaches to Inspiration; Deconstructing the Reconstructed – David Brookhouse (Lancashire Heritage Learning Team)

4.30 pm: Conference ends

Fee for this event: £35 (£31.50 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre; HSLC members) (fee includes lunch, coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *A soup-and-sandwich lunch is included in the price. Please ensure that you indicate any dietary requirements in in your booking.

Parking: free parking is available on site. If you have mobility issues and would like to reserve a disabled parking space please contact us.

How to BookPlease book through the Regional Heritage Centre website

Further information, including directions for getting to Whalley Abbey will also be found on the Regional Heritage Centre website.