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Northerners: A history from the Ice Age to the 21st Century

27 Apr 2022
Start time
2:30 PM
The Yorkshire Museum
Brian Groom
Northerners: A history from the Ice Age to the 21st Century

Event Information

Northerners: A History from the Ice Age to the 21st Century
Brian Groom

This illustrated lecture is based on the book of the same title to be published in April 2022 by “Harper North”, a new imprint of “Harper Collins”.

Northerners could hardly be more topical, given tensions over Brexit, the “red wall” and forces threatening to drive the country apart. This book lays out the dramatic events that have played out in the north – waves of migration, invasions and battles, its impact on European culture and the global economy, its struggles to assert its identity as modern Britain emerged. It explores what northernness means in the 21st century and the crucial role the north can play in Britain’s future. The story is told through people, famous or not, who have built the region. Fundamental as the Industrial Revolution was, there is far more to the north’s history. At least six emperors ruled from York. Northumbria was for a time Europe’s leading cultural and intellectual centre. Border wars with Scotland occupied 1,000 of the past 2,000 years.

Brian Groom is a journalist, formerly assistant editor and political editor of the Financial Times and editor of Scotland on Sunday. Originally from Stretford, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford. Brian Groom now lives in Saddleworth, in the south Pennines.

This event will be held in the Tempest Anderson Lecture Theatre in the Yorkshire Museum at 2.30pm, doors open 2pm.