This course takes an innovative approach to exploring history, focusing on Lancaster Castle as a microcosm of broader trends. This fascinating location provides a wealth of evidence from the remains of Roman forts to its life as a prison and visitor attraction.
Our engaging educators respond to the castle and its surroundings in relation to their research interests, such as medieval Anglo-Scottish warfare, the witchcraft trials of the seventeenth century and the achievements of prison reformers.
Join us to uncover this castle’s vital role in northern English history over many centuries.
What topics will you cover?
- The Roman coastal fort and its relationship to the northern frontier
- The Norman Castle: its role in Anglo-Scottish warfare and the emergence of the Duchy of Lancaster
- The Castle’s role as a prison for the Lancashire Witches, in the context of post-Reformation history
- The role as a debtors’ prison in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and changes in prison organisation
- The First and Second World Wars
- The importance of the castle to the region’s heritage
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for adult learners with an interest in castles, the history of the North West of England or British history in general.
Who developed the course?
Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.