North West Antiquaries and the Development of Historical Writing

Saturday 25 January 2020, 9:30am to 4:00pm


The Storey Institute, Lecture Theatre, Lancaster, LA1 1TH - View Map

Open to

Alumni, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


Cost to attend - booking required

Registration Info

Bookings are now closed for this event.

Ticket Price

£28 (£25.20 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre) (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

Event Details

A study day looking at North West Antiquaries and the development of historical writing (c. 1650-1850)

Traditionally, antiquarianism was seen as the 'handmaid' to History as an academic discipline, providing the raw materials from which a historical narrative might be constructed and locating material evidence such as coins and inscriptions to corroborate historical theory. Often associated with amateur enthusiasts, it is criticised for being overly focused on empirical detail at the expense of the bigger picture. However, antiquarianism has strong links with Local History, recognising the importance of localised studies to consideration of the impacts historical change on individuals and communities. Our speakers examine the roles of antiquaries, and investigate the ways they have shaped understandings of our region’s past.

  • From 9.00 am Assemble Storey Institute Lecture Theatre (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase in the onsite cafe bar)
  • 9.30 - 10.00 'Understanding Past and Place: the role of antiquaries in local history' – Dr Sarah Rose, Department of History, Lancaster University
  • 10.00 – 11.00 'Richard Kuerden (1623-1702), the Father of Lancashire History '– Dr Bill Shannon, FSA, Independent Scholar
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/tea & biscuits
  • 11.30 – 12.30 'The Life and Times of Thomas Lister Parker FSA, FRS of Browsholme Hall (1779-1858)' – Robert Parker DL, Browsholme Hall
  • 12.30 – 1.30 Lunch*
  • 1.30 - 2.30 'To avert the irksomeness of superabundant leisure: the antiquarian endeavours of George Ormerod (1785-1873)' - Dr Alan Crosby, British Association for Local History
  • 2.30 – 3.00 Tea/coffee & biscuits
  • 3.00 – 4.00 'Sir Walter Scott and the Antiquities of the Anglo-Scottish Border'– Dr Chris Donaldson, Department of History, Lancaster University
  • 4.00 p.m. Close of Study Day

*Lunch: Lunch can be bought from the onsite café bar, or there are a number of other options close by. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: The nearest public car parking is at Dallas Road. For more information please visit the City Council's information page on car parks. If you have a mobility problem and would like to reserve a parking space close to the venue please contact us.

Contact Details

Name Ann Marie Michel

Telephone number

+44 1524 593770