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December 2014

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4 November 2014

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31 October 2014

Please note that some of the most convenient parking areas for the Biology Lecture Theatre (the venue for many of our Saturday events), including the car park at the back of the lecture theatre (on Library Avenue), are currently unavailable due to the Library refurbishment programme. You may find the following advice helpful:

For those of you who attend our events regularly and are reasonably familiar with campus, we recommend that you head for Fylde Avenue car park, and walk through the back entrance to Fylde College into the foyer, and then out into the quad.  Go up the steps (or there is a ramp) and walk off to the right, passing Café Republic, go up the steps (or use the lift) and you will find Biology Lecture Theatre on your left.  This is probably the closest car park to use on Saturdays. 

If you are less familiar with campus, we recommend that you park around the Chaplaincy Centre area.  As you come up the main University drive, you turn left, then immediately right.  You can park all around this area.  You will then need to head for the building marked University House, and walk through into Alexandra Square.  Head off across the square and walk down the spine between the 'boarded-over' Blackwell's Bookshop premises (this will become part of the new Library), and the travel agency.  You should see a sign above your head that says National Rail Ticket Office.  You will see The Deli food outlet on your left.  A couple of yards further on your right is Biology Lecture Theatre.

Campus maps can be downloaded at:
Biology Lecture Theatre is 43a on the campus map

Do e-mail us at if you need any further information...including if you require Blue Badge parking as we will be glad to provide up-to-date information.


23 September 2014

Last week we organised the second of two public events for the Beyond the Castle project. Details of this event are here, and you can read about the first event, from July 2014, here.


10 August 2014

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3 June 2014

'Love Barrow Heritage' - a free event at Barrow Town Hall on Tuesday 10 June, 2-6pm

The Regional Heritage Centre will be taking part in an event to promote the heritage of Barrow-in-Furness, including stalls, films, talks and activities. Please see the flyer for this event here. Everyone welcome.


2 April 2014

Morecambe Hotel ‘Dig’ - Weekends of 12/13 April and Easter Weekend 18 - 21 April

As part of the early events associated with Morecambe Heritage – a project to run a pop-up Museum in Morecambe in 2015 – two ‘Time-Team’-like digs at the Morecambe Hotel are being organised. If you would like to be part of this first event please have a look at this Action Plan then contact Ian Hughes - – and let him know when you would like to join the project.

Your involvement will help get Morecambe Heritage off to a great start and even if you are not available for either of these weekends please do pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in helping out.


4 March 2014

A very successful Annual Archaeology Forum was held on Saturday 1 March, the 41st in an unbroken sequence. 160 people attended the event and heard presentations on current archaeological research in North West England, and also some of the significant recent finds from our region, with speakers from Oxford Archaeology North, Manchester University, Newcastle University, English Heritage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. We also heard from Lancaster's own Professor Emeritus of Roman Imperial History, David Shotter. David was presented with a cake to mark his birthday, which coincided with the date of this year's Forum.

Synopses of the presentations given on the day are available here.


7 February 2014

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1 February 2014

The Centre for North-West Regional Studies is now incorporated into the Regional Heritage Centre, Department of History. This new unit is intended to create a hub of integrated activity to foster engagement between the University and the regional community in the field of cultural heritage. The public programme of study days and conferences will continue and the new Centre will also seek to build increasingly close links with regional heritage organisations, developing partnerships on specific projects and offering student placements, for example.  The Centre will also be working with schools in the region in the field of local and regional history and will be home to the Victoria County History of Cumbria project. The Regional Heritage Centre is directed by Professor Angus Winchester; Dr Sam Riches becomes the Academic Co-ordinator and Christine Wilkinson is the Centre Administrator, providing continuity with the work of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies and bringing wide-ranging experience and expertise.  Co-ordination of the work of the Victoria County History of Cumbria will continue to be undertaken by Dr Sarah Rose, Assistant Editor of the VCH project.




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