2019 conference – Cumbria

We are pleased to announce The Society for Folklife Studies annual conference for 2019. 

The draft programme of the 2019 annual conference is noted below. It is also available through the following link – SFLS Conference programme (13 July 20) 2019.

A booking form is also available through the following link –  SFLS conference booking form 2019.

The Society for Folk Life Studies

Annual Conference

Carlisle, Cumbria, England

12th to 15th September 2019

**Cumbrian folklife, agriculture & industry**

The conference venue will be Tullie House Museum.

The accommodation will be at the Travelodge Carlisle Central, Cecil Street, CA1 1NL


[DRAFT: 13-06-2019]

THURSDAY, 12th September

17.15-18.00 Registration at Travelodge Carlisle Central, Cecil Street, Carlisle, CA1 1NL

18.30 Dinner at Penny Blue, Halston Hotel, 20-34 Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1AB

20.00-20.45  Eric Robson, Broadcaster and farmer

An introduction to Cumbria and Carlisle

FRIDAY, 13th September

09.30 Assemble at Tullie House Museum

09.45-09.50 Dr Dafydd Roberts (President, Society for Folk Life Studies)

Welcome to the 2019 annual conference

09.50-10.00 Andrew Mackay (Director, Tullie House Museum) Welcome to Tullie House Museum and Carlisle

10.00-10.20 Andrew Mackay or Tullie House curators

Tullie 125 / collections overview

10.20 – 10.40 Melanie Gardner (Curator, Tullie House Museum)

Tullie House quilt collection

10.45-11.30 Gabrielle Heffernan (Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum) & Peter Brears

Tullie House agricultural hand-tool collection

11.30-11.50 Tea & coffee

11.55-12.30 Peter Brears

Cumbrian traditional food

12.35-13.15 Chris Donaldson (Lecturer, Lancaster University)

‘The traveller will be liable to disappointment who visits Carlisle’

In 1875, Henry Jenkinson jested that visitors to Carlisle might be disappointed. The City, it seems, was far too modern. ‘Instead of dirty alleys,’ writes Jenkinson, ‘there are now clean wide streets, with modern buildings of stone and brick, and hardly the vestige of an edifice interesting to the historian and the antiquary.’ Taking my orientation from this quotation, in this talk I shall focus on the development of Carlisle during the 1700s and 1800s. I shall draw on the collections of Tullie House and the observations of historical visitors in order to consider how the ‘Great Border City’ changed during these two centuries.

13.15-14.00 Buffet lunch at Tullie House

14.00 Excursion 1: Carol Donnelly (City guide)

Guided tour of Carlisle, Castle & Cathedral

16.30 Return to Tullie House for Tea & Coffee

17.00 Annual General Meeting of the Society for Folk Life Studies (Lecture Theatre, Tullie House)

18.30 Dinner at Tullie House, including an illustrated presentation from Dr Sue Allan, ‘Echoes of Old Cumbria: The traditional music of Cumbria and the Lake District’

SATURDAY, 14th September

09.15 Assemble at Tullie House

09.30-10.15 June Hill (Chair of Cumbria Vernacular Building Group)

Cumberland vernacular architecture

10.15-11.00 Alan Cleaver   [TBC]

Corpse roads in Cumbria

11.00-11.15  Tea & Coffee

11.15-12.00 Steve Matthews (local author, historian and bookseller)

Carlisle State Management scheme

12.15-13.00 Buffet lunch at Tullie House

13.30-14.10 Excursion 2: Coach to the new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

16.45-18.30 Coach to Carlisle via Threlkeld Mining Museum with Ian Harland and Diccan Chaplin-Brice

19.30 Dinner at The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, 2 Bank Street, Keswick CA12 5JY

20.45 Return to Carlisle. 

Sunday, 15th September

Information regarding church services will be available for those wishing to attend

09.30 Assemble at Tullie House

09.45-10.15  Jeff Cowton (Curator, The Wordsworth Trust)

The Romantic Movement

10.15-10.45 Dr Ryan Foster

Reconstructing early shieling landscapes & land-use in Cumbria from environmental and place-name evidence.

10.45-11.15  Professor Margaret Bennett (The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Honorary Research Fellow, The University of St Andrews)

The Life & Legacy of Eric R. Creegan

11.15-11.30 Tea & coffee

11.30-11.50 Enid Roberts

“Mae gen i dipyn o dŷ bach twt” – Welsh social housing standards in 2019 

11.50-12.10 Heather Holmes

Unfinished business: past life regression and the crusade of King Robert the Bruce’s Heart to Jerusalem, 1330-2018.

End of conference