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Water in North West England: some historical perspectives


With Dr Alan Crosby

Date: Saturday 20 January 2018 Time: 10.00-16.00

Venue: Management School Lecture Theatre 3 (marked MAN on campus maps, in area G), Lancaster University

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND WE HAVE OPENED A WAITING LIST. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about joining the waiting list.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please note that due to ongoing construction at Lancaster University there is some * IMPORTANT * navigation information.

The Main entrance to the Management School (LUMS) has been blocked by construction works. Please look out for large signs (with arrows) directing you to the temporary side entrance around the corner, down Grizedale Avenue.

You will now enter the Management School via the Hub Café and proceed up the ramp towards Lecture Theatre 3 (signposted).

We apologise for any inconvenience. Parking on the university campus remains free of charge on Saturdays, but please allow extra time to make your way to the venue - we will start promptly with the first presentation commencing at 10:00 am.

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North West England contains some of the wettest places in the UK. The higher parts of the Lake District are particularly wet, with an average of over 3200mm of rain each year. In contrast, the reputedly wet city of Manchester averages only 830mm and more sheltered areas such as the Eden valley in Cumbria are even drier with less than 800mm per year. These values can be compared with annual totals of about 500mm in the drier parts of eastern England. The prevalence of rainfall and the tarns, becks, rivers and other watercourses that are fed by rain have clearly played a significant role in shaping the geography of the region – but the impact of water on social history is arguably just as significant. Dr Alan Crosby of the British Association of Local History will guide us through some of the many facets of this vital issue.

9.30 a.m.              Assemble Management School Lecture Theatre 3 (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 11.00      The use of water power in the pre-industrial period: 1300-1700

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 12.30        A water-based industrial and transport revolution: 1750-1880

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch*

1.30 2.30          The provision of drinking water: 1750-1950

2.30 – 3.00           Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.00 4.00          Water and the environment 1800-1970: pollution issues and landscape controversies

4.00 p.m.      Close of Study Day


Fee for this event: £26 (£23.40 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre) (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *Sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's or Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic - or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on campus.

How to Book: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND WE HAVE OPENED A WAITING LIST. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about joining the waiting list.

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Who can attend: Anyone

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