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The Regional Heritage Centre was established in 2014. It encompasses the Centre for North-West Regional Studies, which was founded in 1973, and the Victoria County History for Cumbria.

Our aim is to foster engagement between Lancaster University and the regional community in the field of cultural heritage. We have an Advisory Board comprised of representatives of heritage bodies around the North West, as well as a Steering Group which takes its membership from the History Department and elsewhere in the University.

Advisory Board

(a) external membership:

Susan Benson, Cumbria Archives Service
Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Dr Alan Crosby
Dr Rob David (Chair), Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
Phil Duckworth, Winstanley Sixth Form College
Debbie Garritty, Duchy of Lancaster
Tiffany Hunt
Jenni Lister
Dr Bill Shannon, Cumbria County History Trust

(b) internal membership:

Dr Fiona Edmonds, Regional Heritage Centre
Ann-Marie Michel, Regional Heritage Centre
Professor Ian Gregory, Department of History
Dr Sam Riches, Regional Heritage Centre
Dr Sarah Rose, Regional Heritage Centre

Dr Fiona Edmonds

Centre Director

Fiona Edmonds


Dr Sam Riches

Academic Co-ordinator

Sam Riches


Dr Sarah Rose

Assistant Editor, VCH Cumbria

Sarah Rose


Ann-Marie Michel

Centre Administrator

Ann-Marie Michel

Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird

Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural History, and RHC Associate Staff


Dr Chris Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History, and RHC Associate Staff


Jonathan Masters

Associate PhD Student

Rebecca Sheppard

Assistant Administrator


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