Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant, Travel and the Making of Enlightenment Knowledge

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom

DAY MEETING 10:00–17:00 Friday 16 November 2018

Note that this meeting is being organised by the Curious Travellers project

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This meeting marks the end of the AHRC-funded project,

Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour 1760–1820

This four-year AHRC-funded research project, launched in September 2014 and jointly run by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the University of Glasgow, explored Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales and Scotland. The focus was on the writings of the Flintshire naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), whose published Tours of both countries did so much to awaken public interest in the ‘peripheries’ of Britain.

A full programme of the day can be downloaded from here.

10.00: Coffee and arrivals

10.15: Welcome from Isabelle Charmantier (Linnean Society) and Mary-Ann Constantine and Nigel Leask (Curious Travellers Project)

Session One 10.30–12.30

Short presentations and launch of online edited texts by project members:

Luca Guariento; ‘Curious Travellers and Curious Editors: XML and 0ther scary things behind the curtain.’

Alex Deans; ‘Dialogue and encounter: introducing the Curious Travellers Scottish editions.’

Ffion Mair Jones; ‘“This delicious frenzy...”: The Correspondence of Thomas Pennant and Richard Bull, 1773–1798’.

Elizabeth Edwards; ‘‘‘Bag men, Itinerant Artists and sorts of fleeting customers”: voice and narrative in manuscript Welsh tours.’

12.30–13.30 Lunch and a chance to see the exhibition of natural history books by Pennant and his contemporaries

Session Two: 13.30–15.00

[Short presentation]: Kirsty McHugh; ‘Anne Lister’s Tours of Wales and Scotland’.

Miranda Lewis; ‘Mapping Lines of Communication: Thomas Pennant in Early Modern Letters Online’

Edwin Rose; 'From Specimen to Print: Thomas Pennant's British Zoology, 1766–1812'

Dòmhnaill Uilleam Stiùbhart; ‘Rev. John Stuart of Luss: pioneer lichenologist, Biblical translator, 'pedantic coxcomb'’

15.15–15.30 Tea-break

Session Three: 15.30–17:00

[Short presentation:] Professor Debarati Bandyopadhyay (Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India); ‘Thomas Pennant and Ecocriticism’.

John Bonehill; 'Scotland's portraiture: the illustration of Pennant's Tours'

Carl Thompson; ‘Women travellers and their (many) contributions to late 18th and early 19th science’

Concluding remarks: Nigel Leask and Mary-Ann Constantine

Prior to the event, on the evening before (15th November) there will be a separate ticketed event at Dr Johnson's House, Gough Square, when Professor Murray Pittock and Professor Nigel Leask will give talks on the Scottish Tours of Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant.

More information can be found here.

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  • Registration is essential via the Curious Travellers website
  • £25 waged with buffet lunch (£20 without lunch); £15 (£10) unwaged