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Lancashire 500-1500.

Re-envisioning our medieval history and heritage

Presented in collaboration with the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

Date: Friday 5 April 2019 Time: 10.00-16.30

Venue: Whalley Abbey, The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9SS. Please visit the Whalley Abbey website for a location map:

Please note that this event is now fully booked. Please contact us to enquire about joining the waiting list.

The County Palatine of Lancashire has a fascinating medieval heritage, encompassing castles, abbeys, and a range of documents. Yet Lancashire’s medieval past has rarely been to the fore in scholarship or public appreciations of the county. In this Study Day, we seek to boost understanding of Lancashire’s medieval past. We appraise what is known of Lancashire’s medieval history and material culture, and we ask what remains to be discovered.

This Study Day has been generously subsidised by the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and by a legacy left to the Regional Heritage Centre by the late Dr Margaret Bainbridge.

From 9.30 a.m.            Assemble in the Great Hall, Whalley Abbey (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase in the cafe on site)

10 am: Welcoming remarks

10.05–10.45 No longer the Dark Ages? The early medieval period – Dr Fiona Edmonds (Lancaster University)

10.45–11.15      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.15–12.45 Lancashire in the Central Middle Ages: from Norman adventurers to Plantagenet earls – Dr Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia);
Good lords and good order? Lancashire in the later Middle Ages – Dr Sarah Rose (Lancaster University)

12.45–1.45        Lunch*

1.45–3.15: A parcel of the greater regality: how the records of the Palatinate and Duchy of Lancaster held at The National Archives can help to deepen knowledge of medieval Lancashire – Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives);
The known unknowns: the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for the North West – Rachel Newman (Oxford Archaeology North)

3.15–3.45         Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.45–4.30 Medieval documents at Lancashire Archives – Jacquie Crosby (Lancashire Archives);
Medieval History and the National Curriculum: Approaches to Inspiration; Deconstructing the Reconstructed – David Brookhouse (Lancashire Heritage Learning Team)

4.30 pm: Conference ends

Fee for this event: £35 (£31.50 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre; HSLC members) (fee includes lunch, coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *A soup-and-sandwich lunch is included in the price. Please ensure that you indicate any dietary requirements in in your booking.

Parking: free parking is available on site. If you have mobility issues and would like to reserve a disabled parking space please contact us.

How to Book: Please note that this event is now fully booked. Please contact us to enquire about joining the waiting list.

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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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