Press Releases 2014-2015

Open Invitation to Free Welsh Maritime Heritage Conference


Newport Medieval Ship CADThose with an interest in Welsh maritime heritage are invited to a free conference about the subject this weekend at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Lampeter.

‌The one-day conference, entitled ‘Maritime Wales 2015: Commemoration, Contemplation, Celebration’, will take place this Saturday 31 October, 10:30am until 4pm, in the Founder’s Library at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. The event is a collaboration between the University and MOROL (Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies). Those who are interested in attending should email Jamie Davies:

The conference will pay tribute to notable maritime historians Robin Evans and Ken Lloyd Gruffydd. It also commemorates the 150th anniversary of the landing of the Mimosa in Patagonia and the start of the founding of Y Wladfa, the Welsh colony in Argentina. Presenting alongside UWTSD at the conference will be representatives from the University of Southern Denmark, Bournemouth University, MOROL and the Newport Medieval Ship Project.

There will also be a workshop contemplating the state of Welsh maritime heritage, and outlining a vision for its future. This is seen as particularly timely given legislative changes such as the Historic Environment Bill currently passing through the National Assembly for Wales.

Newport Medieval ShipProfessor Nigel Nayling, Chair of Archaeology at UWTSD, said: “The conference celebrates the10th anniversary of MOROL and looks to the future of Welsh maritime heritage through the work of young researchers and professionals who are part of the expanding body of University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduates in maritime archaeology.

“Maritime archaeology is a growing part of the curriculum within UWTSD’s School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology with a new degree scheme in Nautical Archaeology. This reflects the School’s long-standing research expertise in this area and its association with major ship excavations such as that of the Newport Medieval Ship.”

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