Why do we celebrate our milestones?

Prof Chris May.
Prof Chris May.

Just why do we get so hung up on anniversaries? Why do so many of us find it important to remember all those milestones?

BBC North West Tonight presenter and producer Annabel Tiffin with Royal Mint research curator Joseph Payne will help examine the intriguing topic at a panel event at The Storey in Lancaster on July 31 at 5pm.

The special ‘gown meets town’ event is, fittingly, part of Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and has been organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Team as an end of year event.

The panel also includes Professor Michael Hughes from the university’s history department and Prof Christopher May from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Entitled ‘Does the past have a future? The Industry of Anniversaries’, the evening, the third of an annual series, will start with the panel sharing their experience of anniversaries, including the impact on the media’s news agenda, anniversaries’ social role and how business models have been built on such milestones.

This will be followed by a chance for the audience to share their views.

Prof May said: “We see anniversaries all around us but we seldom reflect on why they are always seem so appealing.” For more information and to book your place contact email: lindsey.king@lancaster.ac.uk.