‘While we see the opportunity from an academic perspective to explore locations and place through the community of Palette & Trowel we also see it as a rare opportunity to engage with people with similar attitudes to life.’

Lake District: Explore the Sublime | Detailed Programme

Day 1: Friday


7pm - welcome
  • Meet at the Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale.  Guests staying at the hotel can book into their rooms from 2pm onwards.


7.30pm - evening meal
  • Meal at the hotel (meal and wine included in fee)


9pm - after meal introduction
  • After the meal at approximately 9pm, John and Kane will deliver a talk which will introduce you to Palette and Trowel and the weekend's activities


Day 2: Saturday


  • Meet in Reception at the Lodore Falls Hotel.

  • Introduction to the programme for today.

  • Today we will begin our exploration of this corner of the Lake District.  We will all go to the Castlerigg stone circle where we will talk about the archaeological landscape and concepts of the sublime.  There will be opportunities for painting, sketching and photography.


1-2pm - lunch at hotel
  • In the afternoon we will split into two groups.  Group one will set out and examine different locations and aspects of the archaeology of Borrowdale,  Group two will stay in the vicinity of the hotel and will paint in watercolour or sketch.


  • Both groups come together at the Lodore Falls Hotel to meet and reflect on the day in an informal context in the hotel bar.


Guests can either make their own arrangements for an evening meal or they can join John and Kane for further conversations over dinner (venue to be arranged).



Day 3: Sunday


  • Meet in Reception at the Lodore Falls Hotel.

  • Introduction to the programme for today.

  • We will split into two groups.  Group one will remain in the vicinity of the hotel and concentrate on developing work, ideas and techniques from the previous day.  Group two will explore further archaeological sites and landscapes using a range of approaches including phenomenology and photography.


1-2pm - lunch at hotel/ packed lunch
  • After lunch, we will continue the morning's explorations and activities.


  • The groups will come together for a final time at the Lodore Falls Hotel for a final discussion and reflection on the weekend. There will be a group photograph before finishing at 5pm.