‘Opening the Vaults’: Researching Welsh family archives c. 1500-1850

Event Date: 
23 Aug 2011

Gloddaith Hall, (St. David’s College), Llandudno

The Society for Renaissance Studies has generously donated funds which allow us to offer bursaries to postgraduate students speaking at the symposium.In light of this, the deadline for proposals has been pushed back to 31st May 

Hosted at one of the most spectacular gentry houses surviving from Early-Modern Wales, this oneday symposium is a joint enterprise between Aberystwyth and Bangor universities in association with the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and its affiliated ‘Mostyn Project’ (see: http://www.imems.ac.uk/mostyn.php.en). 

Inspired by the publications of the early twentieth-century historian Thomas Allen Glenn (1864–1948), History of the Family of Mostyn of Mostyn (1925) and The Family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd (1934), this event aims to consider developments in approaches towards the study ofWelsh family archives since Glenn carried out his work. 

Some questions for consideration are: 

  • What are the benefits of utilising Welsh family archives?
  • Are previously discounted items now considered important?
  • How have changes in the ways that we approach historical and literary studies influenced our approaches to Welsh family archives? (For example, the developments in women’s writing and history or the use of postcolonial theory.)
  • How do the nature and form of items relate to the ways we perceive their usefulness?
  • What are the significances of Welsh, English, Latin or French language items found in Welsh family archives?
  • Has an increased interest in the role which Wales played in the culture, politics, literature and economy of British and European history caused us to look at Welsh archives withnew eyes?
  • What are the problems arising from working with Welsh family archives and how do we address them?

We hope to attract ‘case-study’ presentations from a range of participants with a broad variety ofbackgrounds and research interests stretching across the late medieval and early-modern periods.Participants will be welcome from both within and outside academic institutions from Wales andbeyond. 

We welcome 250 word abstracts for presentations (not to exceed 20 minutes in length) to besubmitted to both the email addresses below by 31st May. For more information contact the organisers: Shaun Evans – shaun02e@hotmail.com or Mary Chadwick – mfc07@aber.ac.uk