CANCELLED: Evidence of the Roman and Medieval period in Merseyside and S. Lancs

Sadly this talk has been cancelled due to illness. We are looking to reschedule in the near future and apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Recent excavation has provided some exciting new evidence for the presence of the Roman Army in South Lancashire, but why was the Roman Empire interested in an area which until relatively recently was thought to be virtually uninhabited during the Iron Age and Roman periods? One possibility is that trade in salt extracted from sea water, and perhaps from inland brine springs, played a bigger role in the area’s economy than had previously been realised.

This talk will look at some of the evidence for the salt trade around Southport between 1200-1800AD and ask whether it could have extended back into the Roman period.’

Picture shows the process of extracting salt from sea-water by a process known as ‘sleaching’ which is what was used in Morecambe Bay in the 17th century and was probably in use around Southport at the same date.

Ancient Worlds Talks

The Ancient Worlds evening talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and are a brilliant way to delve deeper into our exhibitions programme. The talks are delivered by a wide range experts and offer insight into their field.

Evening talks are for members of The Atkinson Development Trust, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5 (please pay cash on the door). Children under 16 go free (must be accompanied by and adult). Students go free (must show their student card).

See the full talks programme here.

The Atkinson Development Trust

The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity (no: 1161020) whose vision is to develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together.

There are many ways you can support, including becoming a membersponsoring a seat and donating.

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance our visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.


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