Friday, 16 September 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00

The Leeds Library – 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

The Leeds Library. Photograph by Michael Reeve.

The Leeds Library. Photograph by Michael Reeve.

This one day symposium is organised by two of our AHRC-funded Heritage PhD students – Andrew McTominey and Michael Reeve. It looks to advance scholarly debate in an area that has been under-researched in the fields of history and critical heritage studies. It is taking place at the historic The Leeds Library, an eighteenth-century subscription library in the heart of Leeds city centre.

As academic attention shifts further towards micro rather than macro history, how regional identity is expressed across the North shapes how place and people come to be seen. This can also be extended to heritage: both tangible and intangible heritage is culturally constructed, and is both formed by and helps to form a sense of regional place. One of the central aims of the symposium is to build a network of researchers who work in the area of Northern identity (as well as local and regional identities more broadly), from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds.

The symposium will feature three panels of interrelated papers and presentations, spanning the fields of history, heritage studies, cultural and media studies and English, all with a Northern focus. Professor Barry Doyle of the University of Huddersfield will provide a keynote lecture at the close of the symposium. There will be much space for debate and discussion, as well as time for networking and socialising.

The organisers encourage, in particular, the attendance of postgraduate students and early career researchers. This event will also be open to members of the Thoresby Society, the Leeds local history society based at the Leeds Library. Financial support may be available to help those travelling from afar to fund transport and/or accommodation.

This is a free event, supported by the Heritage Consortium through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Lunch will provided. However, you will need to register here.

There is an optional evening meal at Prezzo.

For any other information or queries, please email: Please note that those giving papers do not need a ticket, but will still need to contact us regarding dietary requirements or for the meal booking.

Image credit:, CC0 Public Domain


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