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Building a Future on the Past: History, Tourism and Development in the North-East of England

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Building a Future on the Past: History, Tourism and Development in the North-East of England

This module combines interactive lectures, workshops and fieldwork, participants in this summer school will investigate and present a bid for World Heritage Status for one of Newcastle’s historic, but little known, sites.

It also offers participants the opportunity to gain critical perspectives on tourism as a tool for economic development; practise research skills; and gain valuable transferable skills of presenting a proposal while discovering the rich history of the North-East of England. 

The region is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Durham Castle and Cathedral, which are fine examples of Norman architecture and Hadrian’s Wall, which marks the Roman Empire’s Northern frontier.

Newcastle-Gateshead, is an area of rich cultural heritage that has been recreated through world-class cultural redevelopment projects. The module uses the city and region beyond as a case study to introduce and explore the historical, social, political and economic significance of cultural heritage

At the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the history of the North-East of England and aspects of tourism and development theories.

Building a Future on the Past: History, Tourism and Development in the North-East of England

Teaching Methods & Assessment

Lectures, Seminars, Guest Speakers, Visits and Field Trips

  • Group presentation
  • Individual Report

Staff Profiles

Mrs Sandra Elliott

Sandra has 19 years' experience in the field of Education before she moved on to teach English as a foreign language abroad for 5 years. She also organises and teaches the Colloquium on British Culture programme which involves study visits to various locations in the North East. She is currently studying her PhD in the area of hagiography in medieval in medieval manuscripts.

Her fascination with language inspired her to return to England to study for a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics at Durham University.  This then saw her pursue a career in academia as she began lecturing in EAP at Northumbria University. However, her passion for the medieval world, which originates from reading about the Lindisfarne Gospels as a child, continued to beckon.  Hence, her current fervent study for her Doctorate currently titled: “Humility and Authority in the Lives of English Saints in The Golden Legend English Tradition from Manuscript to Print”


Dr Jane Carnaffan

Jane has been a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Northumbria University since 2000 (with a break to study for her PhD at Newcastle University). She is currently teaching courses on academic writing and research skills. Prior to teaching at Northumbria,  she taught English language internationally in Spain, Paraguay, Bulgaria and Japan.

She is also a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Luxembourg University, where she has delivered short courses on research article writing and conference skills. She has an academic background in Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Research Methods, Tourism and Development.

Visits and Field Trips

  • Discovery Museum
  • Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside
  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Tyneside Cinema
  • LIVE Theatre

*Please note this list is indicative

Programme Schedule (TBC)

Culture & Heritage in Britain: Programme Schedule


(10 AM - 12 PM)


(1 PM - 3 PM)

Sunday 07 July Arrival at Alnwick Castle
Monday 08 July

Programme Overview; Introduction to Newcastle & Alnwick Summer School 

(1 AM - 12.30 PM)

Social Programme, Alnwick Castle and Alnwick tour
Tuesday 09 July

Introductory lecture: History of the North East and Newcastle  


Field trip: A historic walk around the “toon”                                                                                                 

 Wednesday 10 July

Introductory lecture: Tourism, Development and World Heritage Sites  


Seminar: Discussing the themes of the introductory lectures 

Thursday 11 July  Lecture: Developing research questions and skills

Seminar: Preparation for field trip to Durham, examining World Heritage Status criteria 

Friday 12 July 

Field trip to Durham Castle and Cathedral 

 Piloting field-work: research skills of observation, interviewing and note-taking 
Saturday 13 July  Trip to Edinburgh 
 Sunday 14 July Free Day 
Monday 15 July   Seminar: Discussing experiences of pilot field work at Durham Castle and Cathedral  

Lecture: Research Skills- Content analysis of secondary sources, semi-structured interviews, observation 

 Tuesday 16 July


Preparing for field-work at Hadrian’s Wall 


Field-work at Hadrian’s Wall

Wednesday 17 July 

 Feedback on field-work at Hadrian’s Wall and preparing for field-work at Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow 


Field-work at Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow

 Thursday 18 July  

Seminar: Developing own research projects based on historic sites in Newcastle 

 Friday 19 July  Field-work at site of choice 
Saturday 20 July  Free Day 
 Sunday 21 July  Free Day
 Monday 22 July

Lecture: Developing proposal writing skills and assessment preparation  


Seminar: Developing proposal writing skills

Tuesday 23 July   Assessment preparation
Wednesday 24 July   Peer-led preparation for presentations 

Peer-led preparation for presentations 

 Thursday 25 July

Assessment: Presentations on proposals 

(Questions and feedback ) 

Assessment: Presentations on proposals 

(Questions and feedback )

Friday 26 July   Free Time  Afternoon tea
 Saturday 27 July

 End of the Newcastle & Alnwick programme

Students check out of the Alnwick accommodation





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