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Public Lecture: ‘The cock-pit of England’: violence, history and nation in Northumberland, 1750–1914

Lecture led by Professor Paul Readman, King’s College London as part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lecture Series in association with the Being Human Festival

Date/Time: Tuesday 20 November, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The Northumbrian border was for centuries the site of conflict. This lecture shows how the violence and division of past conflicts, so deeply inscribed in the landscape, was reimagined as romantic heritage. In the context of Brexit and the campaign for Scottish Independence, it is worth recalling that the borderlands of Britain have been sites of amity and cultural exchange, as well as enmity and conflict.


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