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Understanding the Northumbrians

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In memory of former Development Director, Richard Berg Rust, the College has instituted an annual event – on Northern themes. We are delighted to announce details of the 2020 talk title and speaker.

Understanding the Northumbrians: cultural archaeology and the pursuit of the longue durée in the history of North East England, Dr Dan Jackson

From Bede to Brexit Dan will explore the historical roots of the persistently distinctive culture of Northumbria and what the future might hold for this recognisably different part of England.

Dr Dan Jackson
Born in North Shields and brought up in Northumberland, Dr Dan Jackson is a graduate of the the universities of Northumbria and Liverpool. His PhD was published by Liverpool University Press in 2009 as Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain. His latest, bestselling, book The Northumbrians: North-East England and Its People: A New History was published by Hurst in 2019 to critical acclaim in the Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and The New Statesman which named it as one of their books of the year. He has also written for History Today, The New Statesman and _Unherd_, and has appeared on the BBC’s ‘Making History’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.

Dan was formerly a visiting fellow at Northumbria University, and a founding member of the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015. After over a decade working in the public sector Dan is now a director in the North East regional NHS.

Richard Berg Rust
Those of you who knew Richard, our Development Director, whom we so sadly lost in 2017, will remember not only his huge contribution to the College but also his passionate love for the literature, culture and music of his native North of England, and especially of Northumberland and County Durham.

In his memory the College has instituted an annual event – on Northern themes, which it hopes members and alumni will help to endow.

Richard Berg Rust grew up in Northumbria and was a life-long champion of the North of England. He wanted to showcase northern talent, helping to alter attitudes and to celebrate the wealth of culture he found there.

Richard was Director of Development for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and oversaw its expansion for three years. He was also the founding father of the Northumbrian Association and campaigned to get the Lindisfarne Gospels back to Durham Cathedral. In this he was supported by Sir Tom Cowie and the then Bishop of Durham Rt Rev. Michael Turnbull. In the process he raised money to take culture, history and copies of the Gospels to schools in the area of which he was rightfully proud.

This event is free and the 1 hour talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below.

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This lecture has been made possible by the kind support of alumni, seniors and friends of the College. If you would like to help support this lecture series so it can continue well into the future please donate here. Please select ‘Other' in the Designation drop down on the donation form and specify 'RBR Fund'.

Alternatively, email development@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

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