Medieval Carlisle: celebrating 900 years since the foundation of the priory

Saturday 26 November 2022, 9:30am to 4:15pm


Fratry Hall, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, CA3 8TZ

Open to

All Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, External Organisations, Public, Staff


Cost to attend - booking required

Registration Info

For more information, please visit the RHC events page.

To book your tickets, please visit our Online Store.

Ticket Price

Standard Ticket £30 Current Friends and Patrons of the RHC £27 Optional soup and sandwich lunch is available for pre-booking only at £8 - but places are strictly limited

Event Details

November 2022 marks 900 years since the foundation of the priory at Carlisle Cathedral in 1122. To celebrate this historic occasion, and supported by Carlisle Cathedral, the Regional Heritage Centre will travel to this historic landmark for a full day of presentations in the beautiful Fratry Hall.

Our speakers will look at the context of the development of the priory, including RHC Director Professor Fiona Edmonds on the Church in early medieval Carlisle; distinguished historian of Carlisle Dr Henry Summerson on the growth of the city before it was ravaged by fire in 1292; Marta Alberti (Vindolanda Trust) will focus on evidence for early Christianity from Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall; Professor Janet Burton (University of Wales Trinity St David) will look at the origins and spread of the Augustinians in England and Wales. Please note this event will be for in-person attendance only.

Guidance on travel to the RHC Study Event at Carlisle Cathedral, Saturday 26 November

Due to the national rail strike which has been called for this date, we advise people who have booked to attend the event to allow plenty of time to find a parking place as Carlisle’s car parks are likely to be particularly busy. Driving into the Historic Quarter isn’t advisable as there is only limited on-street parking and there is a one-way system.

These are the three car parks which are recommended by the venue:

  • West Walls/Town Dyke Orchard – this is the closest, giving access by steps up to the Abbey Street entrance
  • Castle/ Devonshire Walk
  • Caldew Riverside

Please note that there is no charge for parking in these car parks on a Saturday.

Further information about the location of these car parks, and other parking options, are available on the Carlisle City Council website at:


9.30 a.m. Assemble Fratry, Carlisle Cathedral (tea/coffee is not served at the beginning of the day –

but is available to purchase at the café on site)

10.00 – 10.15 Journey and Rest – marking 900 years of Augustinian Carlisle – The Reverend Canon Dr Benjamin Carter, Carlisle Cathedral

10.15-11.15 Early Christianity at Vindolanda/Hadrian's Wall – Marta Alberti , Vindolanda Trust

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.45-12.45 The Church in Early Medieval Carlisle – Professor Fiona Edmonds, Lancaster University

12.45– 1.45 Lunch*

1.45 – 2.45 ‘To live a common life according to a Rule’: the origins and spread of the Augustinian canons in

England and Wales – Professor Janet Burton, University of Wales Trinity St David

2.45 – 3.15 Coffee/tea & biscuits

3.15 -4.15 Carlisle in 1292: the city that fire destroyed – Dr Henry Summerson, historian of medieval Carlisle

4.15pm End of event

Fee for this event: £30 (£27 for current Friends and Patrons of the Centre)

Lunch: *An optional soup and sandwich lunch is available for pre-booking only at £8; lunch bookings are strictly limited and we will update our website when the lunch bookings have sold out. Food and drinks can be bought from the onsite café bar, or there are a number of other options close by in the town centre. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: For more information visit 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