Two University scholars celebrate two very different Welsh journeys


Two University of Wales academics are to talk about their research at a weekend exhibition event entitled “A Welsh Journey” to be held at the Powerhouse in Pont Tyweli, Carmarthenshire. The talks will be presented in the afternoon of Sunday 9th February 2020.

Generic Image of Welsh coast for Simon Haslett talk

Dr Mary-Ann Constantine, who is a Reader at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, and Professor Simon Haslett, who is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement) and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will talk about two topics around the theme of the Welsh coast.

Dr Constantine’s talk is entitled ‘Shipwrecked monkeys and curious travellers: cotton and copper on the Welsh coast’:

What connects a shipwreck near Aberystwyth in 1813 to the bubbling spring of St Winefred at Holywell? Threads of cotton, copper-wire, and the adventures of two men, an artist and a writer, who planned to sail the entire coast of Great Britain. But Romantic-era Wales was also Industrial Wales, and Ayton and Daniell's entertaining account of their 'Voyage' (roughly following the route of the modern Coastal Path) intersects with other, more disturbing, lines of travel.

Professor Haslett’s talk is entitled ‘A geological journey along the south Ceredigion coast’:

Captured in the rocks along the south Ceredigion coast is a fantastic journey through a time when what is now Wales lay in the southern hemisphere, and before any plants or animals had evolved to live on the land. The journey moves along cliffs from near Cardigan then north to Newquay, where the rocks reveal clues about ancient climate change and ice ages, undersea landslides, and perhaps tsunamis!

Further details are available from Pwerdy-Powerhouse.