Regional Heritage Centre
Date: Saturday 28 April Start 0930 End 1630
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.
Speakers include: Thomas Charles- Edwards, Marged Haycock, Chris Bowles, Tom Clare, Rachel Newman and Fiona Edmonds.
This Study Day will feature a variety of presentations on the history and development of first names, surnames, place names and the cultural significance of each.
This event will enable us to explore the depth and richness of some of the recent work in the academic area of Names Studies, which will cast light on our developing understanding of the cultural significance of the names of people and places. Speakers include RHC Director Dr Fiona Edmonds, former RHC Director Prof Angus Winchester, Peter Iles of the Lancashire Place Name Survey, Dr Eleanor Rye of Nottingham University and Dr George Redmonds, author of two books on the significance of names.
Date: Saturday 20 January Start 1000 End 1600
Dr Alan Crosby will lead us through a range of aspects of water in the North West, including water power in the pre-industrial period (1300-1700); the water-based industrial and transport revolution (1750-1880); the provision of drinking water (1750-1950); water and the environment: pollution issues and landscape controversies (1800-1970).