This conference, postponed from 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, will look at a decade of archaeological and historical research on castles in Lancashire and Cheshire, providing a chance to review some familiar and not so familiar castle sites in the region. It is being run by the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society. It will be held at the Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2022.
The society was founded in 1883 to promote the study of the history of Lancashire and Cheshire, the society’s sphere of intertest includes archaeology (both traditional and industrial), economic and social history, architecture and the arts, and folklore. Its journal, published most years, has since 1883 carried many articles on the castles of the region, often publishing ground-breaking researching. The Society has also organised over nearly 140 years, field visits to many of these sites. As newly elected President of the LCAS I’m delighted that this conference continues the Society’s commitment to supporting archaeological and historical research and disseminating the results to a broad audience through in person events and publications, as well as on Social Media (Twitter: @LancashireChes1 and on Facebook). More details about the Society can be found on its web pages here: http://www.landcas.org.uk/
Booking can be made through Eventbrite. Please note that there is no parking at the venue, but plenty of nearby public parking and Chester Railway Station is a 15-minute walk away.
Researching the Castle in Lancashire & Cheshire: A decade of Work – Programme
10.00am- 10.30am Registration
10.30am-10.40am – Welcome & Introduction – Dr Michael Nevell, LCAS President
10.40am-11.20 Dr Rachel Swallow: Celebrating a decade of broadening interdisciplinary and cross-period reflections on Aldford Castle and its landscape in Cheshire.
11.20am-12.00pm: Kirsty Lloyd & Sarah Cattell: The Bodies in the Bailey: Halton Castle Excavations, 2015 to 2017
12.00pm to 12.40pm: Norman Redhead: Exploring Greater Manchester’s Lost Castles
Questions 12.40pm to 12.50pm
Lunch: 12.50pm to 2.00pm
2.00pm-2.40: Dr Richard Nevell: ‘When to slight a castle? Comparing the Castles of the earls of Chester and Leicester.
2.40pm to 3.00pm Dr Michael Nevell: Looking for the Great Tower: Digging at Hoghton Tower, Lancashire
3.00pm to 3.10 Questions
Cost: Day school: £20 (£22 non-members).
Lunch (optional): £8, consisting of a cold buffet with a good vegetarian option.