Northern England, fashioned by waves of migration, invasions and battles, has had a profound impact on European culture and the global economy. It was not just the Industrial Revolution, a key event in human history: at least six Roman emperors ruled for a time from the north. The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria was Europe’s leading cultural and intellectual centre. Chester, part of Mercia, was close to its border.

Brian Groom, author of Northerners: A History, From the Ice Age to the Present Day, will outline 180 million years of history showing how the north’s people have shaped Britain and the world in unexpected ways. He will show how the past echoes down the centuries and explore what northernness means today and the role that Chester and the north can play in Britain’s future. 

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Sunday 20 November 11am Garret Theatre

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