Lancaster Castle

Regional Heritage Centre

Established in 2014, the Regional Heritage Centre promotes and celebrates the rich social and cultural heritage of North West England by engaging with the regional community.


Booking Opens for June Event at Carlisle Cathedral

Booking is now open for the RHC's final Study Event of the 2023-2024 season: on Saturday 1 June we will be at Carlisle Cathedral's beautiful Fratry Hall for Carlisle Cathedral Library: past, present and future. Speakers including Professor Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow), Dr Matthew Shaw (Queens College, Oxford) and Mathilda Houston-Brown (Wadham College, Oxford) will be examining the Cathedral Library's collection of rare books and manuscripts, placing it in context and considering what it can tell us about social and intellectual life in Carlisle since the later 17th century. Tickets are on sale through our Online Store, so book your place(s) now.

Meanwhile tickets are still available for Saturday 18 May, when we'll be considering the Isle of Man: Maritime Matters. This full-day Study Event looks at the maritime history and heritage of the Isle of Man, but will be held on-campus in our usual Library Events Space venue. This event will not be streamed, but is available for a live audience only. Tickets are on sale through our Online Store, so secure your place now.

And finally there are just a few tickets remaining for Friday 19 April, when RHC Co-Director Dr Chris Donaldson and Dr Sunita Abraham (Lancaster University Lecturer in Decolonisation) will lead a 90-minute walk around nine Lancaster city centre locations highlighting Local Landmarks, Global Stories: the 'glocal' Lancaster History Tour. Places are limited to just 20, so don't delay! Book your tickets before it's too late.

See our Events pages for more details.


  • Who We Are

    The Regional Heritage Centre (RHC) promotes and celebrates the rich social and cultural heritage of North West England by engaging with the regional community.

  • News

    Do you want to carry out your own local history research but are not sure where to start? Or would you like to improve your skills and knowledge but need a flexible programme that fits around your other commitments? Our Postgraduate Certificate in Regional and Local History, a 12-month part-time online course, is now recruiting for an October start.

  • Support the RHC

    The RHC relies on the generosity of our Friends and Patrons. Find out more about the benefits of supporting the RHC in this way.

  • VCH Cumbria

    The Victoria County History (VCH) of Cumbria project aims to write the history of every place in Cumbria with the help of volunteer researchers.

  • Consultancy and Placements

    Our academic expertise, our students, and our experience of event management and publishing can help to support heritage organisations in the region.

  • Regional Heritage in Schools

    The RHC is developing activities to help schools in the North West engage with the Local History element in the school curriculum.

  • Oral History and Other Archives

    Find out more about the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive.

  • Publications

    Books published through the former Centre for North-West Regional Studies are still available for purchase through the RHC, along with more recent publications.

  • Study With Us

    Our distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Regional and Local History is recruiting for an October start, while our award-nominated short course 'Lancaster Castle and Northern English History' is accessible for free on the Futurelearn platform.

  • Our events

    We offer a programme of study days and other events on the heritage of North West England which are all open to members of the public.

  • External Events and Announcements

    Events and news from around the region.

Contact Us

By Post

Regional Heritage Centre
Department of History
Bowland College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

By Phone

+44 (0)1524 593770

Usually staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30-15:30

RHC Director:
Professor Fiona Edmonds

Academic Co-ordinator:
Dr Sam Riches

Ann-Marie Michel

For the Victoria County History of Cumbria, please contact Dr Sarah Rose