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Sunderland University CampusThe University of Sunderland’s Community Lectures return this week with a look at one of the North East’s most historic landmarks.

Mowbray Park, first opened in 1857, is one of the oldest in the region and famous for its celebration of Lewis Carroll, but away from the Walrus there are other areas of interest that deserve more attention.

Ewan Allison, a Master Craftsman in dry-stone walling now focused on sculpture and cultural projects, will reveal his ideas for the cannonball concretion of the Building Hill quarry face, and explain how he would make this corner of Mowbray Park just as much of a destination as the Walrus, inspired by Mr Carroll’s poem ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’.  

Ewan first graduated in Geography before progressing to an MA in Philosophy and Cultural Theory. Cannonball concretions are large, naturally forming, spherical rocks that resemble cannonballs. Sunderland’s coastline is also home to these rare ‘cannonball’ limestone rock formations, which can only be found in certain parts of the world.

The FREE lecture, held at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, is taking place on Wednesday, June 15, at 2.30pm.

The University of Sunderland’s Community Lectures are open to all. Each entertaining lecture is given by authoritative speakers between May and August.

Lectures start at 2.30pm and last about one hour. There is no need to book but those attending are asked to arrive at the Prospect Building between 2pm and 2.30pm to register before the lecture begins.

There is (pay) parking in the grounds of the campus and St Peter’s Metro Station is within a few minutes walking distance. Alternatively the regular 700 bus service runs from the Park Lane Bus Station to St. Peter’s Campus itself.

For more information about the 2016 Community Lectures Series contact Leigh Johnson on (0191) 515 3169, or email events@sunderland.ac.uk

2016 Community Lectures Series

June 15 – Ewan Allinson – A Carrollian Cannonball Canyon

June 29 – Dr Chris Newman – Who owns the Moon? Space Law and the Final Frontier

August 3 – Ged Parker – How the East was Won: Attracting Nissan to Sunderland

August 24 – Matthew Storey – The Codex Amiatinus

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