Lampeter Treasures Seminar Series

An opportunity to view our Seminars as part of our Bicentenary Celebrations.  The seminar series has been developed by the University’s Library and Archives team to support the range of online and physical exhibitions hosted as part of the University’s bicentenary celebrations.

'George IV' by Professor William Gibson

The Times newspaper wrote of George IV, ‘There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than the deceased King.’ But for the Duke of Wellington, he was ‘a medley of the most opposite qualities, with a great preponderance of good.’ For all his faults, George was an early supporter of Saint David’s College, Lampeter, donating £1000 towards the project. The foundation stone was laid on his sixtieth birthday, Monday 12 August 1822.

William Gibson, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford Brookes University and a Lampeter alumnus, will introduces this fascinating and contradictory monarch.

Travellers in Snowdonia - a lecture by Professor Mary-Ann Constantine

Tours of North Wales became fashionable during the second half of the 18th century. Unable to visit the continent of Europe, wealthy English people looked for picturesque locations within Britain. Writers and artists started to appreciate the mountains, waterfalls and ruins of Snowdonia, as well as the newly built turnpike roads and the network of hotels.

Mary Ann Constantine, Professor of Celtic Studies at UWTSD’s Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, introduces some of the associated guidebooks and travellers’ accounts.

'New Light on Bishop Burgess' - Q&A with Professor John Morgan-Guy and the Vice Chancellor, Professor  Medwin Hughes DL

Bishop Thomas Burgess, the founder of St David’s College Lampeter, is said to have been the best English bishop Wales ever saw.  He was also the first president of the Royal Society of Literature, a founding member of the Odiham Agricultural Society and helped establish the Royal Veterinary College. This conversation adds new light on his formative years and the influences upon him.

Lampeter treasures Series: Bowdler Tract Collection by Professor Nick Seager

The Bowdler Tracts are among the greatest jewels within the University library, comprising a collection of 9000 pamphlets collected by three successive members of the Bowdler family between 1638 and 1785.

Their subject matter ranges from religion to medicine, and from the theatre to foreign trade and the colonies which means that they provide a superb picture of 17th and 18th century life.

Professorial Lectures

An opportunity to view the inaugural lectures of our newly appointed professors.

Professorial Lecture by Professor Annette Fillery-Travis - 25.05.2022

In her lecture, Professor Fillery-Travis explored how innovative University provision can meet the needs of seasoned practitioners seeking to move into their next stage of development.

Professorial Lecture by Professor Mirjam Plantinga - 27.04.2022

During this lecture, Professor Plantinga explores the relevance of Hellenistic poetry and art for us now, focusing on key themes such as collaboration, community, identity, and engagement – themes that are particularly apt to reflect upon during bicentenary celebrations.

Professorial Lecture by Professor Louise Steel - 16.03.2022

During the lecture, entitled ‘An Archaeological Odyssey: O Gaza i Gymru’, Professor Steel journeys through her research, focusing on three key areas which have shaped her scholarship.  These include her archaeological work with communities in contested landscapes such as Gaza and Cyprus, her work in understanding people's social lives through their material culture and finally New Materialisms – embedding people in the world and working with materials.

Professorial Lecture by Professor Catrin Williams - 16.02.2022

In her lecture, Professor Williams considers the significance attached to ‘memory’ in recent research on the New Testament, particularly the Gospel of John, in order to explore how these ancient texts negotiate the relationship between understanding the present and remembering the past.

Professorial Lecture by Professor Kyle Erickson - 20.10.2021

Professor Erickson takes as his starting point the results of the unclear lines of succession following the death of Alexander the Great and will explore the how the “successors” and their empires understood the lessons of Alexander’s failures. In particular, he explores what are the inherent dangers in moments of transition between leaders?