Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bluestocking letters transcription …

The Bluestocking transcription invitation was issued to the Historical Association’s Swansea branch. Caroline is looking for more volunteers – ultimately lots of volunteers! – and the Friends of White Rock are cordially invited to participate. If you know anyone else who may be interested please pass the invitation on.

Dear HA friends,

Ages and ages ago I proposed to the committee that the branch might like to be guinea pigs for my research project, and try transcribing a letter each (or more if they like) from Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800) to one of her friends. This is to help us editors get through the 8,000 extant letters which we will digitize and edit over a couple of lifetimes! The initials of the transcribers will be included in the published edition and the HA Swansea branch will be acknowledged in the editor’s (Mike’s) introduction to the section on letters to Hester Thrale (Nee Salusbury and later Piozzi). Hester was a Welsh-speaking Welshwoman, a poet and travel-writer and of course close friend of Dr Johnson – but an interesting character in her own right. The transcriptions will all be checked by the editors and the transcribers can do as many letters as they like if they enjoy it.

You were all very positive about the idea when I suggested it to the committee, but I’ve been a bit busy and only just got round to doing anything about it. I am attaching an invitation and those who are interested can contact me and I’ll send them a copy of a letter each and instructions on how to go about it. I wonder whether you might circulate it to your friends and to any other Historical Socieities you are connected with? I can provide poster-size versions if anyone would like to put it on noticeboards for me.

Best wishes,

Professor of English
Department of English Language and Literature
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Tel: 01792 604304

Athro Saesneg
Adran Saesneg Iaith a Llenyddiaeth
Prifysgol Abertawe
Parc Singleton
Ffôn: 01792 604304


RISW talks 2015 …

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 1:00pm
Prof. Iwan Davies (Swansea University)
Copperopolis to the Premier League, 1: Swansea, higher education and the world

Thursday 5 February 2015, 7:30pm
Prof. Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)
City regions in south Wales: what are they good for?

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 1:00pm
Prof. Peter Stead
Copperopolis to the Premier League, 2: Culture and the arts – Swansea on the world stage

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 1:00pm
Prof. Huw Bowen (Swansea University)
Copperopolis to the Premier League, 3: Swansea sport in the world
POSTPONED – watch the web site for a new date.

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 1:00pm
Rt Hon. Rhodri Morgan
Copperopolis to the Premier League, 4: Swansea’s industry and trade in the world

Thursday 5 March 2015, 7:30pm
St David’s Day Lecture
Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales
The religious poetry of R.S. Thomas

Friday 6 March 2015, 10:30am
St David’s Day coffee morning

Thursday 19 March 2015, 7:30pm
Prof. Siwan Davies (Swansea University)
Volcanic ash, ice and mud: clues to climate in the past

Thursday 9 April 2015, 7:30pm
Faraday Lecture Theatre, Swansea University
Joint talk with the Learned Society of Wales
Prof. David Gethin and Dr Daniel Thomas
3D printing: from principles to application

Thursday 14 May 2015, Annual outing
Details to be confirmed

Thursday 4 June 2015 [tbc], 7:00pm
Spring into Summer: music and buffet supper

Saturday 6 June 2015, 1:30pm
Visit to Oxwich beach to look at the animals and plants of the sea shore. Meet on slipway at extreme west end of Oxwich beach
Michael Isaac

HA talk 21 February – ‘The Buried History of Disability in Britain’s Coalfield, 1780-1880’ …

Dr Daniel Blackie will deliver the Branch’s monthly talk on Saturday 21 February,11.00 at the National Waterfront Museum. His topic is The Buried History of Disability in Britain’s Coalfield, 1780-1880.

Admission is free.

HA talk 14 February, ‘Fact Fiction and Myth: Researching Avenging Angels, a Novel of World War One’ …

11am on Saturday 14 February 2015, at the National Waterfront Museum, Glenys Davies will be speaking about ‘Fact Fiction and Myth: Researching Avenging Angels, a Novel of World War One’.

This public talk has been arranged by the Branch in collaboration with the National Waterfront Museum.

Admission free.


Swansea Copper Folk on the Copper Jack, 22 February …

Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton invite you to come and join us on our second song and music trip aboard Copper Jack on Sunday 22nd February 2015.  All aboard by 3.45pm for 4pm sailing.  Bring your voices and instruments to make music as we cruise on the River Tawe for approx two hours and then have another hour of music while moored in Swansea Marina outside the National Waterfront Museum.  £5 per person.  Places are limited so please book early.

To find out more details and make a booking please visit our website.