Events Archive

Colloquium: Exploring historic landscapes: approaches to the Northumbrian past

  • Venue: Stephenson Suite, Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 SE1
  • Start: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:30:00 BST
  • End: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:00:00 BST

This one-day colloquium will bring together medievalists and others from various historical disciplines to evaluate some of the methods available for studying landscapes and territorial units of the past, and to apply them in particular to a major issue in the history of early medieval Northumbria: the nature and role of the lands between the Coquet and the Wansbeck. The final session will consider the use of Ordnance Survey Name Books, a neglected but rich source for many aspects of mid-nineteenth century landscape and life, which can also form a starting-point for retrospective studies.

Collectively the papers and discussions will promote understanding of various disciplinary approaches, begin to address the Coquet-Wansbeck question, foster networks, and strengthen the foundations for further research. One session will be a workshop based on primary materials including extracts from maps, medieval documents and Ordnance Survey Name Books.

Speakers will include: Max Adams (ancient woodland), Colm O'Brien (identifying ancient territories), Brian K. Roberts (historical geography), Eila Williamson (Ordnance Survey Name Books) and Diana Whaley (place-names).

To book please use the online form  at



iCal Individual Event Link