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Cymry in the North: the North Britons from the sixth century to the tenth  






Date: Saturday 28 April 2018 Time: 9.30-16.30

Venue: Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria Fusehill Campus, Carlisle.

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Please note this event is sold out and we have opened a waiting list. If you wish to enquire about joining the list please contact us.

The Brittonic (or Welsh) dimension of northern England and southern Scotland has long been recognised, but has rarely been to the fore of scholarly or popular views of the area’s early medieval past. The North Britons formed several significant kingdoms in the 6th century, the most famous of which is Rheged. The history of these kingdoms must be pieced together from heroic, but textually complex, Welsh poetry. The North British kingdoms were gradually eaten up by the Northumbrian kings, leaving only the polity based on Dumbarton rock. This sole surviving Brittonic kingdom expanded southwards at the start of the 10th century and became known as ‘Cumbria’. The conference will be a timely way both to draw on the work of some leading scholars of this generation and to derive insights from new research in the field.

This event is generously supported by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, and a Patron of the Regional Heritage Centre.


9.00 am      Assemble in Learning Gateway foyer (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

9.30 am      Welcome, opening remarks

                  The North in medieval Welsh Poetry – Professor Marged Haycock (Aberystwyth University)

10.15 am   Coffee/tea & biscuits

10.45 am   The place of the North in the history of the Britons – Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards                      (Oxford University)

                 The Cumbrian kingdom in the Viking Age – Dr Fiona Edmonds (Lancaster University)

                Questions on morning sessions

12.30 pm   Lunch* (an optional soup-and-sandwich lunch is available to book)

1.30pm       The archaeology of Christianity in southern Scotland – Dr Adrián Maldonado (Glasgow University)

                DGNHAS-sponsored session: Burn Out or Fade Away: the archaeology of political change in                 Galloway in the early seventh century - Dr Christopher Bowles (Scottish Borders Council)

3.00 pm      Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.30 pm      CWAAS-sponsored session: What makes an early medieval monastery? The evidence from Dacre –                 Rachel Newman (Oxford Archaeology North);

                Castle Hewen in folklore and reality – Dr Tom Clare

               Questions on afternoon sessions, discussion and concluding remarks

4.30pm       Close


Fee for this event: £28; £25.20 for Friends and Patrons of the Regional Heritage Centre/members of CWAAS/DGNHAS (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits, but not lunch)

Lunch: a pre-bookable lunch of soup and a sandwich, plus tea/ coffee and a tray bake is available at £10 per head, with a booking deadline of Friday 13 April. Please notify us of any dietary requirements when booking.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on the Fusehill Campus.

How to Book: Please note this event is sold out and we have opened a waiting list. If you wish to enquire about joining the list please contact us.

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Who can attend: Anyone

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