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Upland Landscapes and World Heritage – insights from the past and prospects for the future    

Date: Friday 12 October 2018 Time: 10.30-16.15

Venue: Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment (marked RUS on campus maps), Lancaster University

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please note that this event is being held on a standard working day on the University Campus, and parking is extremely limited. Full guidance on travel to campus is provided below.

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This special Friday study day is part of a series of events to mark the relaunch of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre under a new name, with a broader focus, and the refurbishment of their iconic building, the location where the event is being held. The entrance fee for the day is subsidised by the Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment to recognises their strong connection with the Regional Heritage Centre.

10.00 a.m.              Assemble Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment     (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.30 11.00     Welcome – Professor Sandra Kemp, Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, and Jacqueline Whiteside, Chair of the Ruskin Foundation and formerly Director of the Regional Heritage Centre

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 – 12.40     Keynote Lecture: What does Unesco World Heritage Status mean for the Lake District – Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority

12.40 – 1.40        Lunch*

1.40 – 3.00          Farming Upland Commons: the evolution of an enduring cultural tradition Professor Angus Winchester, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Lancaster University

                            The Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Upland Farming Communities: a historical perspective –  Dr James Bowen, Leeds Trinity University and the University of Liverpool

3.00 – 3.30          Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.30 – 4.15          Peat and Turf: the forgotten fuels of Cumbria – Ian Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University

4.15 p.m.      Close of Study Day

Fee for this event: £22 (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits). The entrance fee is subsidised by the Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment.

Lunch: * An optional buffet lunch is available at £16.50 per head: poached fillet of salmon on a bed of rocket leaves with lemon creme fraiche/platter of sliced ham/Italian vegetable terrine/bread rolls/hot buttered new potatoes/assorted salads/fresh fruit basket/selection of cheese and biscuits/tea, coffee, orange juice. Alternatively, sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's or Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic, Subway and a range of other outlets on campus – or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Travel and Parking: Please note that visitor parking is extremely limited during the working week, so we advise the use of public transport if possible. The campus is served by a good range of buses, including from Lancaster rail station; please see the Stagecoach website Should you need to drive to campus we recommend the Sports Field car park, marked as K on campus maps: parking there costs £3 for the entire day, noting that the site is accessed via Green Lane (the road leading to Lancaster House Hotel) and not the main drive. Alternatively, parking on the main campus costs £5 for up to 10 hours – please see the campus map for the location of visitor parking areas. All our ticket machines accept coins, and card payment is available at most machines; if you don't have the correct change or a payment card then all-day visitor scratch cards (£5) are available from the cashiers' desk in University House, marked UNH on campus maps.

How to Book: please book through the Online Store here.

Closing date for lunch bookings is Friday 5 October

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Who can attend: Anyone

Our events are extremely popular and many book up within the first few weeks. We strongly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. If you do have to cancel your booking please give us five full working days’ notice and we will happily arrange a refund. Please note that refunds can now only be made via electronic means.  Should you require a refund we will need a note of your account name, account number and sort-code.  Payments originally made by credit card can be reimbursed via the same card details.

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