Call for Papers & Posters

12 – 13 October 2019

The county of Cumbria is geographically defined and topographically distinct yet has deep and ancient connections: westward around the Irish Sea east across the Pennines to Yorkshire, north across the Solway Firth to Scotland, and south around Morecambe Bay. From flint scatters to stone axe heads, megaliths, rock art, settlements, field systems, and hillforts the county is rich in prehistoric remains, many of which indicate strong networks with neighbouring regions across northern Britain and beyond.

This conference will explore this interconnected world of Northern Prehistory through papers that examine how these prehistoric links and influences are demonstrated through a range of archaeological and interpretative approaches. We also hope to generate similar connections between current researchers and heritage professionals, inspiring new collaborations within and beyond Cumbria and the North of England. By bringing together speakers from a range of sectors, highlighting different methodologies, and promoting the extensive and distinctive evidence available both in the field and in museum collections, we aim to inspire new research and engagement that will move Northern and Cumbrian prehistory into the 21st century.

We warmly welcome papers and posters from all sectors, which explore the inter-connectedness of Cumbria and the North of England within the prehistoric world, or which highlight opportunities for new, collaborative research related to Northern Prehistory. Papers may address – but are not limited to – the following themes:

  • New research in Cumbria and the North of England
  • Opportunities, resources and priorities
  • New interpretative and educational approaches to display and engagement
  • Teaching and engaging with prehistory within the heritage context
  • The physical movement of people and objects: transport, travel, and trade
  • Stylistic influences: architecture, artefacts, and ideas

We invite contributions from students, academics, local societies, commercial units, amateurs, heritage professionals and education-based professionals.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Elsa Price (Tullie House Museum) & Kate Sharpe (Durham University) at the below email addresses.

If you are interested in giving a 20-minute paper or a poster please submit your proposal by 31/07/2019 to  and Proposals should include: a title, abstract (250 words), and a brief biography, if necessary (150 words).

All submissions will be reviewed by third-party referees.