British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2015
Plenary Public Lecture
Professor Iwan Morus, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
The Day the BAAS Came to Swansea: 1848 and All That
In August 1848 the British Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in Swansea – the first time the association had met in Wales. The previous two decades had been ones of enormous political and economic turmoil in Wales as towns like Swansea expanded and industrialized, and new elites came to dominate the local and national stage. When the BAAS came to Swansea, they came to a town in transition. In this lecture I want to look at that meeting from a number of perspectives, exploring what it meant to different people. 1848, of course, was a year of revolutions and almost revolutions across Europe. Did the BAAS’s visit to a provincial Welsh town mark some sort of revolution too?
Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building, Swansea University
Thursday 2 July 2015
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm