Introduction to Week 4

This week we will be looking at the changing role and uses of Lancaster Castle in the 20th century to the present day.

Some aspects of its history remain consistent: its association with the Sovereign through the Duchy of Lancaster, its role in trial and punishment, and its significance as a heritage site, for example. But other aspects of the history of the Castle are more changeable in this period: it gains new and transitory inhabitants especially in the two World Wars, and the prison closes, reopens and then closes again.

This week you will gain an overview of the past hundred years of the Castle’s history and be invited to explore some of the key implications of its varied functions in this period.

Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird is Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural History at Lancaster University, with a particular interest in the World Wars.

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Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: The View from the Stronghold

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