Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour 1760-1815

Lead Research Organisation: University of Wales
Department Name: Centre for Adv. Welsh and Celtic Studies

Abstract

The Curious Travellers Project will collect, present and analyse a significant body of material relating to the phenomenon of the Welsh and Scottish Tour as it developed in the years c.1760-1815. It will open a window onto the vivid and often entertaining accounts of scores of 'curious travellers' who headed for the peripheries of Britain in search of the primitive, the picturesque and the sublime - and often found the foreign, and the unsettling, surprisingly close to home. Our starting point is the work of naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant of Downing (1726-1798), whose pioneering tours in Scotland and Wales (1771-1781) were widely read, directly inspiring the Highland journey of Johnson and Boswell and hundreds of others. His 'omnivorous' style, drawing on information from an imposing network of correspondents, weaves together natural history, antiquarianism, literature, history, aesthetics and politics.

Often cited as an authority or an influence, Pennant's work has received little attention in its own right: the archive is scattered and difficult to use. The first aim of the project is to catalogue the many hundreds of letters to and from Pennant, and present them in a searchable data-base. This tool will improve our knowledge of the antiquarian, scientific and literary networks of the period, and allow us to trace both Pennant's careful preparation and information gathering, and the complex development of the composite and much-revised texts of the Tours themselves.
The 'transperipheral' nature of Pennant's Tours (as a Welshman, albeit with unionist sympathies, exploring Scotland and his native Wales), along with their importance to later writers and travellers, make them an ideal point from which to investigate travel-writing from Wales and Scotland after 1760, when an improved transport infrastructure and a new sense of British identity inspired an increasingly affluent middle class to explore their national peripheries. Hundreds of published and manuscript accounts of tourist experiences form a still largely untapped resource for the study of history, material culture, literature and language. The second aim of the project is to make a generous selection of unpublished Tours of Wales and Scotland available online, each with a short contextualizing introduction and linked to a series of maps and pictures.

In the light of recent work on global exploration in this period (Cook's Pacific voyages; the travels of Joseph Banks) the parallel 'exploration' of Britain needs critical reassessment. The domestic tour was an extraordinarily successful genre, second only to novels and romances, but has been relatively little studied. Yet it arguably played an important role in the construction of national histories, both at a 'four nations' level, and in a larger British context. Travel-writing uncovered the past in the landscape, through sites (cromlechs, churches, castles) popular culture (language, costume, song, and 'national character'), objects and images (antiquities, landscapes). Because landscape-writing and antiquarianism are often seen as conservative forms, the politics of the tour as a genre in this period is rarely considered. How far, during a period of revolution and war, did native histories, and the Celtic languages, disrupt that larger narrative of Britishness and of national 'improvement'? Pennant's Tours, for example, despite his unionist stance, were readily absorbed into nationalist discourses in both Wales and Scotland. In considering how the tour genre helped to 'create' versions of British history, the project will examine travellers' engagement with vernacular Celtic cultures (poetry and song), and ask how far their perceptions were influenced by contemporary ideas from science and art.

Besides producing two new electronic resources, we will explore these issues through an informative dynamic website, 2 monographs, articles, a volume of essays, conferences, events and exhibitions.

Planned Impact

Research into the Welsh and Scottish Tour has the potential to impact on a range of organisations in the heritage, education and tourism sectors of both countries. The project has been developed in consultation with representatives from many of these groups, and a range of events is planned to disseminate our research to various different audiences. Because the topic is so closely linked to matters of place, landscape and heritage, we envisage that many more opportunities will come up as the work progresses.

Heritage: Museums and Galleries.
Our 'book-end' conferences in 2014 and 2018 are linked into two major international exhibitions and will benefit from the wider publicity surrounding them. The first, in National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, explores visual aspects of the Tours in conjunction with an exhibition of the landscape painter Richard Wilson. The second, celebrating the tercentenary of Scotland's oldest museum, the Hunterian in Glasgow, will explore material culture and antiquities. Both exhibitions are supported by the Paul Mellon Foundation at Yale, and thus have an international dimension. Further smaller exhibitions focused on the manuscript tours are planned with both the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales, to coincide with further day-conferences. A day event with schools is planned in Ceredigion Museum for 2015 (see below). In conjunction with NLW, additional funding will be sought towards a touring exhibition in 2019, to celebrate the work of Thomas Pennant's principal artist, Moses Griffith.

Education: Schools, further education.
A joint event hosted by Ceredigion Museum will focus on the theme of 'travel in the olden days' for primary schools; this will include reading, exploring objects, and competitions for creative writing and drawing. We will also develop sections of the Curious Travellers Website in consultation with Dr Paul Evans (Deputy Head, Denbigh High) to provide resources for the secondary-level history curriculum: these will be available in both Welsh and English. In the sphere of adult education, we will contribute to the lively programmes of talks and walks organized by local history societies: we have strong links with the Thomas Pennant Society and the Edward Llwyd Society, and have an event planned with the former. The website will be freely accessible to the general public, who will benefit from access to the new research tools: the database of Pennant Correspondence, and the searchable online corpus of Welsh & Scottish Tours. When publicizing our work in the university sector, we will ensure that the site is made known to the Open University; U3A etc.

Tourism:
Pennant's quotability is nicely exemplified by the large hoarding greeting arrivals at Edinburgh Airport with his generous description of that city: 'It possesses a boldness and grandeur beyond that I have ever seen'. Naturally enough, this project presents abundant possibilities for exploring the history of tourism in Wales and Scotland, from the provision of site-specific material to an understanding of the development of tourist itineraries, and of changing expectations. We have had enthusiastic responses from bodies including Visit Scotland, Visit Wales, CADW, the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments and National Trust for Scotland. Our Creative Responses strand, which will see contemporary artists and writers retracing parts of Pennant's Tours, may be further used to enhance the tourist experience in certain places.

Media
Constantine is currently scripting a half-hour programme on the 'Welsh Tour' for BBC Radio Wales, which will raise the profile of the subject; we are also developing a pitch for a three-episode television series aimed at BBC4, using the Curious Travellers title. BBC Radio Scotland are interested in following one of the Creative Responses tours. We will use the website to publicize and blog our various events as they happen.
 
Title Brondanw readings 
Description An evening of readings by Welsh-language author Angharad Price from her own work; and of extracts from 1790s travel writing read by project members 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact New audences, and new contacts for the project. 
 
Title Curious Travellers, walking blog 
Description An ongoing series of blog posts on the theme of travel in Wales and/or Scotland, by artists, writers and academics. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The Curious Travellers walking blog is key to the project's creative-critical strand. It is closely linked in the first instance to the forthcoming art exhibition 'Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art', to be held at Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University from October 2016. Artists follow in the footsteps of the eighteenth-century travel writer Thomas Pennant, write up their walk as blogposts, then create an artwork based on their engagement with Pennant. These works will then be collectively exhibited at Oriel Sycharth. The blog will continue to run beyond 2016 as a hub for further creative collaborations, currently at the planning stage. 
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/category/walking-tours/
 
Title Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art, exhibition 
Description A 10-week exhibition of artworks created in response to the eighteenth-century Welsh tours of Thomas Pennant. The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of events open to the public, including poetry readings, storytelling, talks/lectures, creative writing workshops. The exhibition subsequently had two further iterations in the spring and summer of 2017, the first at Oriel Brondanw, Llanfrothen , North Wales for 5 weeks, and the second at Old College, Aberystwyth University for 4 weeks. In each case a full programme of creative events took place alongside, and artists were able to discuss their work with the public. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The exhibition and linked series of events will raise the profile of our project across Wales, and especially in the north-east - the geographical centre of Thomas Pennant's life. We will use the 10-week slot as the basis for widely publicising the work of the project in general and the creative responses embedded within the exhibition in particular. We anticipate that our project will have significant and measurable public impact as a result of these activities. 
URL http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/OrielSycharthGallery/Exhibitions/FutureExhibitions/CuriousTravellers/
 
Title Dr Johnson House Poetry Readings 
Description An evening of poetry and music with Ifor ap Glyn (National Poet of Wales) and Alec FInlay (award-winning Scottish poet) to celebrate the Wales-Scotland collaboration during the Pennant-Johnson exhibition at Dr Johnson's House. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact It brought people together and gave insights into Welsh and Scottish culture 
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/ifor-ap-glyn-alec-finlay-14-12-dr-johnsons-house/
 
Title Maps and Makers Exhibition 
Description A month-long exhibition, with talks and events, of local artists' responses to the concepts of maps and travel. Jointly orgnaized by the Gas Gallery Aberystwyth, Aberystuywth printmakers and Curious Travellers with input from ceredigion Museum and the National Library of wales. November 2014. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact This has been hugely significant in developing the artistic strand of our CT project: many artists have remained keen to be involved, attended subsuquent talks and events, and some will exhibit in Oriel Sycharth later this year (2016). 
 
Title Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape, readings 
Description An afternoon of readings from late eighteenth-/early nineteenth-century travel writings about Wales, to accompany the major art exhibition 'Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape' at MOMA [Museum of Modern Art] Machynlleth. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This forthcoming event (May 2016) brings to life the core research material of the Curious Travellers research project for a new, public audience. We anticipate making further connections with local communities as a result. We will also use the event to publicise the project's forthcoming art exhibition at Oriel Sycharth (October 2016). 
URL http://moma.machynlleth.org.uk/
 
Title Travel Writing Workshop 
Description A workshop jointly run with Aberystwyth University in July 2017 encouraged participants to explore travel writing in poetry and prose: this ran in conjunction with the art exhibition in Old College 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact New audiences and contacts were discivered, some of whom have continued to support the project and attend our events. 
 
Description New knowledge: Our research is revealing the extent to which tour writing helped uncover competing 'histories' of Britain, at a time when Britain was trying to define itself as a distinct entity. The comparative focus on Wales and Scotland in our project is also entirely new, and is causing our audiences and collaborators to rethink cultural histories within the British Isles.We have also drawn attention to the potential value of C18th and C19th travel writing to environmental studies.
New Methodology: Our research into correspondence networks has uncovered the unanticipated extent to which eighteenth-century travel writing was composed of multiple voices, even in texts that appear to have a single author: there is often an entire network of correspondents bringing material to the published text. These findings will significantly alter future readings of the genre.
New collaborations: Our engagement activities at both professional and general public level have almost always resulted in fruitful and sometimes unexpected suggestions for collaboration. We are currently in dialogue with museums, schools, OU, the heritage sector and artists and writers - and expect to see some interesting results in the next two years.
Exploitation Route As stated above we are currently talking to museums, schools, OU, the heritage sector and artists and writers. A few examples of many:

1. A proposed 'spin-off' project with the geology department of National Museums Wales, Natural History Museum London and our Curious Travellers correspondence team plans to examine the mineral specimen cabinet of Thomas Pennant (held at NHM) in the light of the letters. We hope, if we can get further funding, to incorporate this object in a Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities, exploring the natural history artefacts that survive from Pennant's collection.

2. Our Exhibition of artists' responses to Pennant travelled to several venues in north and mid Wales, thus giving the artists further opportunities to show and sell their work; we are also producing a booklet of the exhibition which will promote their work still further. For several of them, collaboration on our project has resulted in new aspects to their creative practice.

3. Our work on Pennant's letters has enabled us to help with several external enquiries across a variety of disciplines, but most notably in the field of natural history and geology.

4. We are hoping to collaborate in the future with the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to develop 'virtual' historical tours of Wales which would give modern-day tourists access not just to the landscape and artefacts of Wales, but allow them to follow in the footsteps of those first tourists, and sample some of the art work and the texts they produced.

5. Our exhibition in London in the Dr Johnson House Museum on Pennant, Johnson, Hester Piozzi and travel to Scotland and Wales was extremely successful, attracting around 4700 visitors in 3 months We will use this experience to develop future exhibitions with other institutions when applying for further funding to take this project to the next level.

6. We will continue to work closely with the Thomas Pennant Society in Flintshire, making sure that all findings from future research continue to be shared in ways that enhance the local community (workshops, events, walks, etc).
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.curioustravellers.ac.uk
 
Description Early findings from the project have been used in a half-hour radio programme (see engagement, Discovering Romantic Wales) and an art exhibition (Maps and Makers - see creative outputs). Our project blogs (www.curioustravellers.ac.uk), both 'Research' and 'Walkers' have attracted non-academic contributors, with the latter especially continuing to evolve as a creative critical space. For several months in 2016 we worked closely with a dozen artists towards an exhibition held in Wrexham in October-December 2016 (see Oriel Sycharth, creative outputs). This work will develop in other settings and in the form of a non-academic publication in 2017. We supported a successful HLF bid for a project based on understanding and appreciating the complex cultural heritage of the Dee valley. We have contributed two articles to the British Library's Topographical Prints website which aims to open up collections to a wider public. We have given talks to numerous local societies up and down Wales, and been closely involved in two other artistic exhibitions (both held at the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, see engagement) and in other cultural events (eg a story-telling festival in Aberystwyth, see engagement). In 2017 we successfully organized two further iterations of the artistic exhibition originally held at Oriel Sycharth in Wrexham: these took place in Oriel Brondanw, Snowdonia and Old College Aberystwyth (both tourist attractions), and greatly expanded the number of people who saw the works and participated the number of events which ran alongside. We also organized a short-term exhibition focused on the Pennant archive at the National Library, which was timed to coincide with a public lecture and was visited by many members of the public. Our most effective intervention to date, however, has been our collaboration with Dr Johnson's House in London. This is a museum in Dr Johnson's original house, dedicated to all aspects of his life, which runs exhibitions and events throughout the year. Our exhibition Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour ran from October 2018 to January 2019 and showcased the work of the project throughout the house. We held a series of events - talks, readings - and attracted, over the total period, 4724 visitors. This was a 28% increase on a comparable exhibition last year, and demonstrates perfectly how academic-nonacademic collaborations can be mutually supportive.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

 
Description Dee Valley Picturesque 
Organisation Denbighshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We contributed written sections to a recent successful HLF bid focused on the Dee Valley and the Picturesque. We hope to be part of future developments in managing tourism in this area of outstanding natural beauty and important cultural heritage.
Collaborator Contribution Invitation to get involved with project if bid successful.
Impact None as yet. Will be multidisiciplinary - history, literature, art, tourism, heritage.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Dr Johnson House Museum 
Organisation Dr Johnson's House Museum
PI Contribution The Curious Travellers Project workedwith the Dr Johnson House Museum in London to organize an exhibition based on the travels of Thomas Pennant, Dr Johnson and Hester Piozzi in Scotland and Wales. We provided exhibits and information, organized events and wrote, designed and printed a catalogue in conjunction with museum staff.
Collaborator Contribution The museum staff provided the venue, publicity, some funding, outreach workshops and educational material. We organized and they hosted the related events: a launch with talks; an evening of public talks; an evening of poetry and music.
Impact The exhibition ran from October 2018 to January 2019 and attracted 4724 visitors (a 28% increase on the same period last year, during an equivalent exhibition). The collaboration was multidisciplinary, involving work across history, geography, literature, Celtic Studies and museum studies. Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Start Year 2017
 
Description European Travellers 
Organisation Oxford Brookes University
Department Modern Languages
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint conference between two AHRC funded projects: Curious Travellers (CT) and European Travellers to Wales (ETW). We will be discussing European Travellers to Wales and Scotland: project CT have done half the organizing and are contributing papers and publicity .
Collaborator Contribution Project ETW have undertaken half the conference organization, and are contributing papers and publicity
Impact Conference to be held in April 2016 in Aberystwyth; multi-disciplinary, involving modern languages, travel, landscape studies and history
Start Year 2015
 
Description Festival of Coleridge in Wales 
Organisation Coleridge in Wales Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution MA Constantine on Advisory Board for the Festival; have advised at various stages. Curious Travellers is contributing a day-event at Hafod, Ceredigion, to the sequence of events all over Wales in summer 2016.
Collaborator Contribution Publicity for our project, links to many other organizations across Wales.
Impact Output will be a day of travel/Romanticism related readings, talks and walks in the picturesque landscape of Hafod, which was close to Coleridge's walking route in 1795. Very multidisciplnary - storytelling, stained glass, dendroarchaeology, performance.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MOMA Machynlleth 
Organisation Museum of Modern Art Machynlleth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Worked closely with curator of Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape to organize public event (Power of Place May 21st 2016) and readings (Curious Travellers May 14th); gave editorial advice on 'Romanticism' section of the exhibition guide. Organized speakers, and helped with publicity.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue close to the exhibition space for day-school event and readings; provided teas and coffees; also considerable publicity
Impact Events to take place in May 2016 do no outputs yet. Multidisciplinary - Romantic literature & history, travel writing and fine art.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Maps and Makers 
Organisation Ceredigion Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 'Maps and Makers' began as a joint endeavour between Curious Travellers, Aberystwyth printmakers, the artists collective at the Gas Gallery and Ceredigion museum and NLW. We helped organize, deliver and advertise a series of local walks and talks over several weeks in the summer-autumn of 2014, including a day at Hafod. The project culminated in an exhibition at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners also provided speakers, artists, and space for events and talks to happen;
Impact The Maps and Makers Evening Talks and Exhibition (November 2014). Also, many of the current creative strands of the Curious Travellers project stem from contacts made during this period. Multidisciplinary elements included contemporary artistic engagement with maps and mapping, and Romantic era art and travel writing.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Maps and Makers 
Organisation Gas Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution 'Maps and Makers' began as a joint endeavour between Curious Travellers, Aberystwyth printmakers, the artists collective at the Gas Gallery and Ceredigion museum and NLW. We helped organize, deliver and advertise a series of local walks and talks over several weeks in the summer-autumn of 2014, including a day at Hafod. The project culminated in an exhibition at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners also provided speakers, artists, and space for events and talks to happen;
Impact The Maps and Makers Evening Talks and Exhibition (November 2014). Also, many of the current creative strands of the Curious Travellers project stem from contacts made during this period. Multidisciplinary elements included contemporary artistic engagement with maps and mapping, and Romantic era art and travel writing.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Maps and Makers 
Organisation National Library of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 'Maps and Makers' began as a joint endeavour between Curious Travellers, Aberystwyth printmakers, the artists collective at the Gas Gallery and Ceredigion museum and NLW. We helped organize, deliver and advertise a series of local walks and talks over several weeks in the summer-autumn of 2014, including a day at Hafod. The project culminated in an exhibition at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners also provided speakers, artists, and space for events and talks to happen;
Impact The Maps and Makers Evening Talks and Exhibition (November 2014). Also, many of the current creative strands of the Curious Travellers project stem from contacts made during this period. Multidisciplinary elements included contemporary artistic engagement with maps and mapping, and Romantic era art and travel writing.
Start Year 2014
 
Description National Library Scotland 
Organisation National Library of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with the maps department in NLS to produce digital version sof Pennants 1769 and 1772 tours.
Collaborator Contribution NLS have given us expoert advice on creating digital maps, and access to relevant period maps.
Impact None yet, but we hope to have digital tour maps on our Curious Travellers website by ends of project; yes multidisciplinary, geography, digital studies, travel texts.
Start Year 2015
 
Description National Library of Wales Pennant Summers Room Exhibition 
Organisation National Library of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We organized a short-term exhibition of rare books and manuscripts relating to Thomas Pennant and set up a display in the Summers Room
Collaborator Contribution Staff time and expertise was given to help curate the exhibition
Impact This exhibition was organized to coincide with a public given by Dr Constantine in February 2018, and resulted in several further enquiries about the project
Start Year 2017
 
Description National Museums Wales 
Organisation National Museum Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have organized two public day-schools based on exhibitions at NMW Cardiff. In September 2014 we held 'Classical Celtic: Wales and Scotland in a Mediterranean light', to coincide with the international Richard Wilson exhibition. In November 2015 we held 'Layered Landscapes: geology and travel in Romantic-era Britain' to coincide with the bicentenary exhibition of William Smith maps. At least one more such event is planned before the end of the project. Curious Travellers organized the academic input, publicity and took care of speakers etc.
Collaborator Contribution NMW provided location, staff, further (considerable) publicity and organization on the day; plus a chance to visit the exhibitions with experts.
Impact Both day-schools well-attended by general public (70-100 people). Both were multidisciplinary: Classical Celtic combined travel texts (Romantic era literature) and fine-art; Layered Landscapes combined travel-texts (Romantic-era literature) geology, history of science and poetry. We reached what were for us wholly new audiences on both occasions. Outcomes include interest from Mellon foundation in developing exhibition of art by Moses Griffith; involvement of poet Phillip Gross in future Curious Travellers creative project; plans for further collaboration with NMW geology (using Thomas Pennant's specimen cabinet - currently developing mini-project to provenance his rock specimens in collaboration with Natural History Museum London).
Start Year 2013
 
Description Old College Exhibition 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We organized for the Exhibition Curious Travellers Movement Landscape Art to move to Old College, Aberystywth, in July 2017. This was to coincide with an international travel writing conference, and the beginning of the tourist season.
Collaborator Contribution Aberystwyth University provide the venue for the exhibition, and shared the costs of publicity and launches with us. They also organized the creative writing workshops which ran concurrently.
Impact Outputs included the talks and events run alongside the exhibition as well as the exhibition itself. This was musltidisciplinary, including practitioners from art, literature, travel writing and history.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Oriel Brondanw 
Organisation Oriel Brondanw Gallery
PI Contribution We arranged for the exhibition of contemporary art Curious Travellers: Movement Landscape Art to be shown at the Brondanw Gallery, Llanfrothen North wales for 5 weeks in the summer of 2017. We also organized a series of talks and events to accompany it.
Collaborator Contribution Oriel Brondanw curated the exhibition, gave us the space for free, provided publicity, and organized refreshments at events
Impact Outputs included talks & the exhibition itself. Outcomes included new audiences for the project and new collaborations with practising artists. This was a multidisciplinary event involving English and Welsh language literature and history, art and art history. The gallery reported increased numbers of visitors.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Oriel Sycharth Wrexham 
Organisation Glyndwr University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are currently involved in organizing a ten-week exhibition of creative responses to the Curious Travellers project, involving about a dozen artists. We have been working with the artists to produce a series of works to be curated and housed by Oriel Sycharth (Glyndwr) October-December 2016. We will be organizing a series of events to enhance the exhibition once it is open.
Collaborator Contribution Oriel Sycharth have offered us the gallery space for ten weeks, and their expertise in managing exhibitions.
Impact In progress; will be multi disciplinary - travelwriting, landscape, art.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Thomas Pennant Society 
Organisation Cymdeithas Thomas Pennant Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Before putting in the bid for Curious Travellers we organized a visit by members of the society to the National Library to see Pennant manuscripts. We also included founder-member Paul Evans in our research team (specific money allocated to help with educational outreach and writing a biography). Since then TPS members have attended many of our outreach events; M-A Constantine gave their Thomas Pennant Silver Jubilee Lecture in October 2015; we have mutual links between our websites. Nigel Leask gave the 2017 pennant lecture, and Ffion Jones has been invited to give the lecture in 2018. In Autumn 2017 the Society took project members to visit the remains of Pennant's house at Downing, and the church where he is buried.
Collaborator Contribution They provide a reliably enthusiastic audience, and help to spread the word about the project. Individual members have provided very useful research leads (Mostyn Hall library; memories of Downing Hall before demolition). The Pennant-country walks they designed are decsribed on their website - exactly the kind of local interaction our project requires.
Impact PI Constnatine delivered TPS Silver Jubilee lecture October 2015 The Society members regularly attend at our events (some contributing as speakers), which discuss a range of disciplines reflecting Thomas Pennant's own interests: natural history, history, travel, literature, art. Co-I Leask delivered annual lecture October 2017
Start Year 2015
 
Description Theophilus Jones and Welsh responses to the 'Welsh Tour' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at a well-attended local history day school in Brecon, which resulted in further invitations to speak to 2 other history groups
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description "Still to be traced on the spot': Collaborative Chorography in Thomas Pennant's Scottish Tours', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Deans gave a talk on mapping the Pennant tours at a conference on Chorographies: Traditions and Trajectories in the Spatial Humanities, Lancaster University, June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description "The lad at Baron Hill": The career of Moses Griffith (1747- 1819) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ffion Jones gave the annual Thomas Pennant Society lecture, to a large audience of members of the Society. An engaged and lively discussion followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description "This delicious frenzy...": The Correspondence of Thomas Pennant and Richard Bull, 1773-1798 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ffion Jones introduced her online edition of Pennant letters at the launch of the project's digital editions, at the Linnean Society, November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/curious-travellers-thomas-pennant-travel-and-the-...
 
Description ' "Y llanc yn Baronhill": Gyrfa Moses Griffith (1747-1819) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Research fellow Ffion Jones gave a talk in Welsh to the FForwm Hanes Cymru (Welsh History Society) at LLanuwchllyn, which was well attended an gave rise to a lot of discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ' Ecologies of Air in Romantic-Period Tours of Wales' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M-A Constantine discussed industrial tours of Wales in the Romantic period at the Change of Air conference (Oxford University)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://recsoxford.org/2018/06/19/conference-change-of-air-atmosphere-health-and-locality-in-the-rom...
 
Description '"Mixing Misery with Magnificence": Hester Piozzi's home tourism' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk presented at an international conference on Romanticism; discussion afterward contributed to to possible development of a future research project on Piozzi
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description '"Mixing Misery with Magnificence": Hester Piozzi's home tourism', 'Borders and Crossings', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elizabeth Edwards gave a talk on Hester Piozzi to an international audience of travel writing specialists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ''Bag men, Itinerant Artists and sorts of fleeting customers": voice and narrative in manuscript Welsh tours 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Elizabeth Edwards introduced her online edition of manuscript Welsh tours at the launch of the project's digital editions at the Linnean Society, November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2018
URL https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/curious-travellers-thomas-pennant-travel-and-the-...
 
Description 'A Botanist would surely make some discoveries in this place 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Deans gave a lecture on Pennant to an international audience at the Romanticism conference in York, and there was a lively discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'A wild and solitary spot: The Marshalls, the Wordsworths and home tourism' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Phd Student Kirtsy McHugh gave a presnetation to an international audience at the York Romanticism conference, and benefited from a lively discussion following the panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'An Eighteenth Century Botanist on Foot: Landscape and the Agency of Assemblages', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Deans gave a talk at the Cultural Significance of Place Research Group, Newcastle University, June 2017, and there were several useful leads and contacts in the subsequent discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Anne Lister's Tours of Wales & Scotland' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kirsty McHugh presented a talk on her work at a cross-disciplinary Curious Travellers event held at the Linnean Society in London, reaching new audiences from a range of fields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/curious-travellers-thomas-pennant-travel-and-the-...
 
Description 'As little known as Kamschatka': Thomas Pennant's Scottish Tours 1769-72 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Co-I Nigel Leask gave a public lecture at the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, and had a long and stimulating discussion with many audience members afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Authority, Locality and History in Thomas Pennant's Scottish Networks' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Deans presented work from the Curious Travellers Project to an international audience, and raised the profile of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ecsss18.wordpress.com/
 
Description 'Boundaries drawn by the eye': Crossing borders in Romantic-era Wales, November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk as part of a day-conference, 'Crossing Borders', held at Museum of Modern Art Machynlleth in conjunction with the exhibition 'Four Painters in Raymond Williams's Border Country'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://raymondwilliams.co.uk/2016/10/27/crossing-borders-conference-november-5-2016/
 
Description 'Boundaries, drawn by the eye' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A day of talks to go with an art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art at Machynlleth, which attracted a large and varied audience. The exhibition (Ffiniau/Borders) was based around Raymond Williams's novel Border Country, and the talks discussed the concept of borders in general.PI Constantine gave a talk on C18th & C19th travel accounts of crossing into Wales. As a result members of the Brecknockshire Society asked us to come and organize a day of talks in Brecon in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.walesartsreview.org/exhibition-in-raymond-williams-border-country/
 
Description 'Curious Traveller: Britons, Britain and Britishness in Thomas Pennant's Tours'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The O Donnell lecture in Celtic given in Oxford - a public lecture which resulted in two useful connections to other projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Curious Travellers to Brecon and South Wales' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Elizabeth Edwards gave a talk to the Brecknock Local History Society, and there was considerable discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Curious Travellers: Tours of Wales 1760-1820', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in London, a largely lay audience. Much discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Discovering Romantic Wales: The Welsh Tour': a half-hour radio programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A half hour radio programme in the Histories of Wales series, scripted by MA Constantine and produced by Dinah Jones for BBC Radio Wales, (aired 19/12/13). Involved interviews with experts and enthusiasts, partly on location. One outcome has been a suggestion by the Open University for the same team to produce a much-expanded version for television, with courses tied in to the OU curriculum (currently in discussion March 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'In the Footsteps of Pennant and Johnson: Reverend James Bailey's 1787 Highland Tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Kirsty McHugh presented an aspect of her PhD work as part of a Curious Travellers Panel at the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Conference in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ecsss18.wordpress.com/
 
Description 'Leeds, Loch Lomond & the Lakes: the Marshalls, the Wordsworths and home tourism', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project PhD Student Kirsty McHugh gave a paper to a conference on at Edgehill. The feedback proved useful in developing one of her thesis chapters
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Old Ways and New Roads' Hunterian Research Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A working group of curators, academics, art historians planning for a major new conference and public events in 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Ossianic Networks: Pennant, Dr Johnson, and Donald MacQueen of Kilmuir'" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nigel Leask presented work from the Curious Travellers to an international audience, and raised the profile of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ecsss18.wordpress.com/
 
Description 'Philosophical Vagabonds: Pedestrianism, Politics and Improvement on the Scottish Tour', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-I Nigel Leask gave the plenary lecture at an international Romanticism conference held in York, and brought the work of the project to a very wide-ranging audience of professional practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Shipwrecked Monkeys: Coasts, Trade and Travel in Romantic-era Wales'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture given at international conference on travel. The lecture was open to the public, and was given in conjunction with launch of our Curious Travellers exhibition of work by contemporary artists .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Thomas Pennant and John Lettice's Visits to Mount Stuart'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lunchtime talk to accompany 'The Art of Power: the Earl of Bute's Collection', Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, June, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Thomas Pennant at Holywell', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a day of talks organized by the AHRC-funded Saints in Wales project, centred on the cult of St Winefrede at Holywell, Flintshire. I was asked to speak, as Pennant was from Holywell and makes much of the saint's legend in his Tours. This was a mixed public audience, including practising Catholics with a religious interest in the shrine, and the discussion afterwards interestingly brought out the many different ways of engaging with place ( a central theme of our own project).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.welshsaints.ac.uk/?p=775
 
Description 'Tourist on Trial? Boswell's Johnson and Johnson's Scotland in Journey and A Tour' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Murray Pittock gave a talk on Dr Johnson in Scotland as part of a series of events bringing people to our project exhibition at Dr Johnson's House.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/the-scottish-tours-of-dr-johnson-and-thomas-pennant-15-11-2018/
 
Description 'Visions of Snowdonia 1799/1800', Power of Place. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was part of a very well-attended day-conference held the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, May 2016. It was tied in to the Museum's exhibition on Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape, and reached a wide range of people, including practising artists from across Wales (some of whom became part of our own project exhibition). The Curious Travellers presentations led to further requests for talks to local societies and the possibility of a related re-publication of a C19th novel. The audience response to this event was extremely gratifying.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.walesartsreview.org/romanticism-in-the-welsh-landscape/
 
Description 'William Morris a Thomas Pennant: cysylltiadau cyffredin', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Research Fellow Ffion Jones gave a talk on Pennant's correspondence with the Morris brothers at the Morris Society day conference. This has led to the potential development of a new research project on the Morrisses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description : 'Baneful influence' & 'mineral favours': metal, slate and coal mining in Romantic-era Welsh tours' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture at Romantic-era conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A Day at Hafod 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was a guided walk around the Hafod Estate in Ceredigion. It was organized in collaboration with the Hafod Trust (http://www.hafod.org/) and the Festival of Coleridge in Wales. A range of speakers, including project members, talked on everything from stained glass to dendrochronology at different points on the route, and we walked as a group for about 4 hours. One of the speakers then went on to produce a booklet on the stained glass at Hafod as a direct result of his participation in the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://coleridgeinwales.org/
 
Description A truly Fairy place: Wales as the Eternal Picturesque, Oriel Sycharth, December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening with the writer and broadcaster Mike Parker, on the historical representation of Wales in literature, art and popular culture. This well-attended event was followed by an animated question and answer session, in which members of the audience sought to relate Parker's depiction of Wales through time to their own understanding of its contemporary political and cultural situation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-10-october-16-december-2...
 
Description AHRC blog on DR Johnson House exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The AHRC interviewed the PI and published a blog about the Dr Johnson House exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ahrc.ukri.org/research/readwatchlisten/features/travelling-back-to-the-origins-of-travel-wri...
 
Description Anglesey Antiquarian Society, day school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two members of the Curious Travellers project were invited to give lectures to the Anglesey Antiquarian Society's biennial Day School. Nearly 100 academics, amateur historians and members of the general public attended the day, which sparked lively conversation and debate. These lectures resulted in invitations to contribute revised versions of the papers to the Society's scholarly journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.hanesmon.org.uk/aas/plugins/content/content.php?content.32
 
Description Art Gallery talk (Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A lively talk and question-and-answer session on the 'Maps and Makers' series of walks and talks, and exhibition of artworks responding to historical maps of Ceredigion. Connections made via 'Maps and Makers' are now being developed further into a major art exhibition of works responding to the Welsh travel writer Thomas Pennant (Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University, October-December 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://celfceredigionart.org/archive/exhibitions-2/2014-2/
 
Description Artists talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Elizabeth Edwards and Mary-Ann Constantine led an event during which of our Curious Travellers Artists talked about the development of their work and their encounters with Welsh landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature 'Keats Goes North' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nigel Leask was interviewed for a Radio 3 programme on Keats and the Highland Tour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brecon museum talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk entitled 'museum stories' exploring the C18th obsession with collection - included presentation of Curious Travllers project aims. Very engaged audience - Friends of Brecon Museum & local history group. Two main outcomes- the Brecon-based writer Chris Meredith offered to join our creative strand, and the organizers of this talk wish to have a larger day-event devoted to C18th travellers to Brecon area in spring 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CRECS workshop: 'Springs and sources: channelling knowledge in the Welsh Tour' Cardiff, May 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A workshop for postgraduates in Romantic studies held at Cardiff University but attended by students and archivists from Wales and the South-West. Our contribution (three speakers from the Curious Travellers project) tied nicely into the special collections held at Cardiff (many travel books) and introduced students to a topic not widely on curriculum. Our PhD student (funded through project) was invited to speak (her first public presentation) and later publish her contribution online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://crecs.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/report-on-first-crecs-conference/
 
Description Cambridge University Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nigel Leask gave a seminar based on Curious Travellers research given at Cambridge, which led to useful contacts and advice about our forthcoming exhibitiion in London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Charlotte Smith's Wales, Chawton House Library, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact RA Edwards presented new research emerging from Curious Travellers on the representation of travel and Wales in the fiction and correspondence of Charlotte Smith (paper titled: 'It shall be a system, and we'll call it Localism': Charlotte Smith's Wales).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://chawtonhouse.org/whats-on/placing-charlotte-smith/
 
Description Cheltenham Festival Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nigel Leask took part in a chaired discussion about travel writing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Classical Celtic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Classical Celtic' was a public day-school jointly organized with National Museum in Cardiff to coincide with an exhibition of paintings by C18th landscape artist Richard Wilson. Around 70 attended. Two members of the Curious Travellers team contributed papers. MA Constantine was invited to participate in a subsequent Richard Wilson workshop, and we made useful contacts with members of the Paul Mellon foundation for British Art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Clwb Croeso 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI Constantine gave a presentation of work from the project in the village hall at Llangwyryfon, a local village. The group is a social club, mainly for retired people, and they were extremely responsive and enthusiastic, asking lots of questions. Requests were made for the project to do similar talks for other local societies in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Clwb Croeso talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk to the local village group on Romantic period travel in Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Continental Pennant', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mary-Ann Constantine gave a talk on Thomas Pennant's Tour of the Continent (1765) at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Creative Writing Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Two creative writing workshops were organized in conjunction with the Curious Travellers Exhibition at Old College Aberystwyth, and focused on travel writing in poetry and prose
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Curious Travellers Panel at Gregynog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M-A Constantine , Elizabeth Edwards and Sarah Baylis presented a project related panel of papers at the Annual Welsh Writing in English Conference, May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Curious Travellers Research Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our project research blog has proved a very good way of reaching the general public, and we have had several contributions by non-project members. It has also been an excellent forum for our PhD student to share her work in progress. We have received queries and comments from India and America as a result of these posts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/category/research-blog/
 
Description Curious Travellers Walkers Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Walkers Blog has proved a popular way to get people to engage with Pennant's landscapes. it was especially lively when the artists were preparing work for the Curious Travellers exhibition 2016-2017, but has also allowed us as researchers to write more informally about walking in Pennant's footsteps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/category/walkers-blog/
 
Description Curious Travellers and Curious Editors: XML and other scary things behind the curtain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Luca Guariento gave a talk on aspects of digital editing from the Curious Travellers Project at our interdisciplinary outreach event in the Linnean Society, November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/curious-travellers-thomas-pennant-travel-and-the-...
 
Description Curious Travellers, Editors, and Diners: Successful Use-Cases of Digital Editions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luca Guariento presented digital aspects of the project to particpants at a Textual Editing Lab in Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Curious Travellers: 'Castles', 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk given at Cardiff Castle, November 2016, exploring C18th and C19th travellers' responses to Welsh castles. The audience was mixed (the talks are a regular event) and asked lots of questions. One member told a friend about the project; she got in touch with us and went on to write a piece for our Research Blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/category/research-blog/
 
Description Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art, November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day of talks on Romantic-period art and travel writing, held at Glyndwr University in conjunction with the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition in Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University. A number of the artists exhibiting work in the show attended, along with academics, heritage specialists, members of the Thomas Pennant Society, and members of the general public. The day concluded with a bilingual poetry reading by the National Poet of Wales/Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru, Ifor ap Glyn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-19-november-2016/
 
Description Curious Travellers: Welsh Visitors to Ireland in the Eighteenth Century' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture at conference in Dublin, which brought the project's work to an international audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dei Tomos radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Extended discussion of the project and of early tourism in Wales with Dei Tomos on BBC radio cymru Welsh-language Sunday morning programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dialogue and encounter: introducing the Curious Travellers Scottish editions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alex Deans introduced his online editions of Scottish letters and manuscript tours at the launch of the projects digital editions, at the Linnean Society, November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/curious-travellers-thomas-pennant-travel-and-the-...
 
Description Digital Edition and Collaboration Tools: Curious Travellers Back-end and Front-end 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luca Guariento presented aspects of digital editing from the Curious Travellers project at a seminar in Glasgow University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Digital discussion of Curious Travellers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Deans participated in a Roundtable Duscussion on Scottish Literature and Digital Humanities Projects, 2nd World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant: Exploring the Relationship between their Scottish Tours 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Leask gave a public talk at the Dr Johnson House as part of our ongoing exhibition, reaching new audiences with our project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/the-scottish-tours-of-dr-johnson-and-thomas-pennant-15-11-2018/
 
Description Encounters with Ancient Britons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M-A Constantine gave a seminar to the Celtic Studies research group in Oxford. Plans to work more closely with our own institution were suggested as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enlightenment Networks day-school (Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day exploring the various international correspondence networks of Pennant and his contemporaries; good attendance from across disciplines. Useful follow up with expert in digital humanities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Handmade Cities: Exploring Poetry and Travel in Wrexham, Oriel Sycharth, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening of poetry readings and lively discussion, with Sophie McKeand (Young People's Laurate Wales) and Rhi Moxon (illustrator and printmaker), on the theme of maps and landscapes. This event successfully brought together the literary/spoken word and visual art - key themes within the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition at Oriel Sycharth, which was also the venue for the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-10-october-16-december-2...
 
Description Ifor ap Glyn and Alec Finlay: An Evening of Poetry and Music 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening of poetry from leading Welsh and Scottish poets to celebrate the end of the exhibition at the Dr Johnson House
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/ifor-ap-glyn-alec-finlay-14-12-dr-johnsons-house/
 
Description Interview for Sky TV programme 'Boswell and Johnson's Scottish Roadtrip' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nigel Leask was interviewed for Frank Skinner's upcoming programme on Boswell & Johnson's Tour of Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description John Keats and Highland Tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nigel Leask presented a talk at the John Keats and Romantic Scotland Conference, University of St Andrews, 11-12th May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch Event for Dr Johnson House Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A well-attended launch event at Dr Johnson's House during which members of the team presented the work of the project to the general public, trustees of the House, representatives of our funding bodies and people who had contributed exhibits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Layered Landscapes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Layered Landscapes was a day-school on geology and travel in Romantic-era Britain, jointly organized with the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, and timed to coincide with their exhibition of the 1815 geological maps of William Smith. Three members of the Curious Travellers team (MA Constantine, E Edwards and Paul Evans) gave talks, as did practising geologists, museum curators, the exhibition curator and an eminent historian of the science of natural history. People came from all over Wales, London and the southwest, including members of different Geological Societies. It was a genuine (and at times challenging!) encounter between disciplines. A direct outcome was the intention to organize a day event in London, centerd n Thomas Pennant's specimen cabinet which is held at the Natural History Museum: NMW and NHW hope to work with us matching up letters in the Pennant correspondence to identifiable mineral specimens.

Two artistic outcomes: the poet Phillip Gross (who read during the event) will collaborate on our creative strand next year; and the sculptor Ali Lochhead is keen to use Parys Mines (Anglesey) as part of her artwork for Sycharth exhibition in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Llwybrau Llonyddwch a Cherddi Newydd, Oriel Sycharth, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This well-attended Welsh-language event featured a well-known local poet, Aled Lewis Evans, reading work inspired by place, landscape and travel, composed over the last 30 years. A thoughtful and lively discussion session followed, which brought the physical location of the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition - very near the Wales/England border - into particular focus via the themes explored by Evans's poetry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-10-october-16-december-2...
 
Description Local society talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk in village hall to local group 'Clwb Croeso' (mostly retired people); much lively discussion, and one or two attended subsequent project events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description NLW Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A short blog on the National Library of Wales website drawing attention to the work of the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.llgc.org.uk/blog?p=16898
 
Description Pennant at National Library of Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public lecture at the National Library of Wales about Thomas Pennant and the work of the project over the last three years: enthusiastically received . Talks afterwards showed that some members of the audience had travelled a long way to attend this event. It was held in conjunction with a small exhibition in the National Library of Pennant's works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.llgc.org.uk/fileadmin/fileadmin/docs_gwefan/ymweld_a_ni/digwyddiadau/t3_rhaglen_drwm_gwa...
 
Description Pennant, Banks and collaborative knowledge-making, National Portrait Gallery, January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact RA Deans was invited to contribute a paper (titled 'With a facility of communication': Pennant, Banks and collaborative knowledge-making) on the work of Curious Travellers to the second Joseph Banks, Science, Culture and the Remaking of the Indo-Pacific World workshop, funded by the AHRC. This event brought the project's work into direct dialogue with other, international research projects currently being undertaken on Enlightenment travel and science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Pennant-Banks-abstract.pdf
 
Description Pontcysyllte and the Landscape / Managing the Landscape for the Future, Oriel Sycharth, November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening focusing on the history of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site and major visitor attraction since its completion in the early nineteenth century, and looking ahead to a major Heritage Lottery-funded project to protect and rejuvenate the Dee Valley in which the aqueduct stands. This event brought heritage professionals and enthusiasts to the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition, and placed the work of the exhibition (and the Curious Travellers project more generally) in the wider contexts of conservation and tourism in post-industrial north-east Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-10-october-16-december-2...
 
Description Presentation on AHRC 'Curious Travellers Project', University of Calcutta, November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CI Leask gave a 15-minute presentation on the Curious Travellers project to Indian VPs and staff, as part of a Glasgow University delegation. The presentation was very well received and opened up opportunities for comparing the work of Curious Travellers on the domestic tour with current studies of South Asian travel writings on Asia, including China and Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Richard Gough and Thomas Pennant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation of work in progress to members of the Bodleian and wider university as part of a Visiting Scholar fellowship. This led to further plans for a collaborative public workshop in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scott's Antiquary and the Ossian Controversy, Annual Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Society Lecture, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CI Leask gave the Annual Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Society Lecture, which was titled 'Scott's Antiquary and the Ossian Controversy'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.walterscottclub.com/blog/professor-nigel-leask-scotts-antiquary-and-the-ossian-controvers...
 
Description Silver Jubilee Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on 'Thomas Pennant's Women' given to TP Society in Holywell public library; varied and enthusiastic audience, including a schoolgirl doing a project on Thomas Pennant, who showed us her work and asked for advice at the end; local people with memories of Downing Hall. Two members of the society took me round the remains of the state the following day - possible follow up with local landowners. The topic was an unusual one for this rather traditional society (I was the first female speaker in 25 years of lectures) and I think my subject opened up new ways of looking at importance of 'invisible' women behind male historical figures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Teithiwr Chwilfrydig: Thomas Pennant a Gogledd Cymru 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact M-A Constantine gave a talk in Welsh to Fforwm Hanes Cymru (Welsh History Society), and was asked to contribute a piece on Pennant's travels to their magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Many Voices of Thomas Pennant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar presented to members of the History Faculty, St Andrews University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Power of Place, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nearly 100 delegates, including artists, academics and other members of the public, attended this day of talks, which was organised as part of the 'Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape' exhibition curated by Dr Peter Wakelin and held at the Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth between March and June 2016. Two members of Curious Travellers presented project work-in-progress on travel writing, watercolour painting and scientific observation. The audience responded enthusiastically to talks that ranged from eighteenth-century painting and travel writing to contemporary photography and film art in lively Q&A sessions. Feedback gathered after the event showed the day's discussions making a strong impression on educators, art practitioners and heritage professionals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Power-of-Place-Programme-English.pdf
 
Description The Reluctant Storyteller 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PI Constantine joined the Aberystwyth Storytelling festival to talk about Thomas Pennant as a 'reluctant' bearer of tradition. The audience (many traditional storytellers) was very responsive: many did not know Pennant's work directly and expressed an interest in taking part in our walks/blogging activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://cabinetofcuriosities.moonfruit.com/
 
Description The Wesleys in Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to the local Methodist Society about the C18th travels of the Wesleys in Wales. The audience was mostly elderly, and very attentive, and we had an excellent discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Thomas Pennant Society Annual Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nigel Leask gave the 26th Annual Lecture on Thomas Pennant to the Society at Holywell. It was extremely well attended and discussions went on for an hour after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Thomas Pennant and Interactive Mapping, National Library of Scotland, February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CI Leask and RA Deans presented their work on interactive mapping and Thomas Pennant's Scottish tours at the National Library of Scotland, as part of the NLS's Collaborative Academic Research Showcase on C18 Scottish Travellers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Thomas Pennant and Interactive Mapping, University of Glasgow, December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CI Leask and RA Deans presented their work on interactive mapping and Thomas Pennant's Scottish tours to University of Glasgow colleagues as part of the 'Spatial Humanities' seminar within the School of Critical Studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Thomas Pennant and William Borlase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog resulting from a visit to archives at Morrab Library in Penzance during their bicentenary celebrations, which explores Pennant's links with Cornwall
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/pennant-in-cornwall-letters-to-william-borlase-at-the-morrab-libra...
 
Description Thomas Pennant and the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition (BBC Radio Wales) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Project PI Constantine gave an interview to BBC Radio Wales discussing Thomas Pennant and early tourism in Wales, in conjunction with the 'Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art' conference (19 November 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Thomas Pennant's Scottish Tours 1769-72, University of Strathclyde, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CI Leask gave an invited lecture (title 'As little known as Kamschatka': Thomas Pennant's Scottish Tours 1769-72) to the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, John Anderson Theatre, University of Strathclyde.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://royalphil.org/Sessions/Session-215/Lecture%20215-11.pdf
 
Description Thomas Pennant: the Flintshire naturalist who set the scene for British travel (Wrexham Leader) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Saturday feature published in widely-read local newspaper (Wrexham Leader - circulation 10k+), in conjunction with the 'Movement, Landscape, Art' exhibition at Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University. The feature was written in collaboration with RA Edwards and simultaneously published online in order to coincide with the day-conference 'Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art' (19 November 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/169262/thomas-pennant-the-flintshire-naturalist-who-set-the-scene-f...
 
Description Tinctured with the Piety of the Place: A Storytelling Evening, Oriel Sycharth, November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening with the renowned storyteller Peter Stevenson, who performed a series of stories based on Thomas Pennant's Welsh tours, and on research into Pennant's in-house illustrator, Moses Griffith (written up for the Curious Travellers walker's blog - see link below). A thoughtful discussion session followed, and this Pennant-inspired collection of stories has now become part of Stevenson's repertoire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/tinctured-with-the-piety-of-the-place/
 
Description Travels at Home / Art and History at Gresford, Oriel Sycharth, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An afternoon with the poet Philip Gross and artist/art historian Martin Crampin. Poetry readings by Gross were followed by Crampin's virtual tour of the architectural and decorative riches of Gresford Church in north-east Wales, which inspire his own contemporary artwork. A lively and enlightening discussion of the relationship between the speakers' different art practices (poetry/medieval imagery reimagined digitally) followed, and speakers and audience alike left the event with a renewed sense of the power of writing and the visual.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/curious-travellers-movement-landscape-art-10-october-16-december-2...
 
Description Visions and Vertigo Talk in museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lunchtime talk about female C18th traveller Catherine Hutton as part of a mapping exhibition at Ceredigion Museum. Lvely discussion afterwards, and two artists expressed interest in participating in walks/blogs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wales and Scotland in European Travel Writing 1760-1870, April 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two AHRC-funded projects co-organised this day conference exploring European perceptions of Wales and Scotland in the period 1760-1870 ('Curious Travellers' in collaboration with 'European Travellers to Wales': project reference AH/K001817/1). Around 40 delegates engaged in lively discussions of the critically neglected topic of transnational perspectives within the history of travel writing. Three members of the project presented new research, including work on Pennant's early continental travel writing, and Ireland-Wales connections in the eighteenth century.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/wales-and-scotland-in-european-travel-writing-saturday-16th-april-...
 
Description William Morris a Thomas Pennant: cysylltiadau cyffredin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ffion Jones lectured on Thomas Pennant and William Morris to the Cymmrodorion Society, lively discussion followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cymmrodorion.org/event/william-morris-thomas-pennant-cysylltiadau-cyffredin/