Nostalgia: Lancaster Castle in spotlight on study day

Visitors enjoy the sun at the opening of Lancaster Castle on Saturday.
Visitors enjoy the sun at the opening of Lancaster Castle on Saturday.

A study day, organised by Lancaster University’s Regional Heritage Centre, will put the Duchy and Lancaster Castle under the spotlight.

Entitled The Duchy of Lancaster and Lancaster Castle, the event, on Saturday, October 17, will feature talks on key aspects of the history of the Duchy of Lancaster and its most visible manifestation in the local area – Lancaster Castle.

Dr Sam Riches, of the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University, said: “The event will also look at the Duchy’s priorities today, including plans for this iconic building.”

The range of expert speakers include Graeme Chalk, from the Duchy of Lancaster, Nigel Neil, of Neil Archaeological Services and Dr Sarah Rose, Dr Bill Shannon and Dr Mike Winstanley, all from Lancaster University.

Their topics range from the archaeological recording undertaken during recent repairs to Lancaster Castle, the formation and political significance of the Duchy of Lancaster in the late Middle Ages, the Duchy under the Tudors and Stuarts, Lancaster Castle as a prison, c.1790-1930, and the Duchy of Lancaster today and the future of Lancaster Castle.

The registration fee for this event is £25 (£23 for Friends and Patrons of the Regional Heritage Centre) and includes coffee/tea and biscuits. The day starts at 9.30am for 10am and runs through to 4pm with breaks for refreshments and lunch (not provided).

Bookings may be made online through www.lancaster.ac.uk/rhc or please ring 01524 593770 for a paper booking form.