Reading, Writing and Collecting: Books and Manuscripts in Wales, 1450-1850

The purpose of this conference is to promote academic and collaborative work on the under-researched area of Welsh book history. A Nation and its Books (1998) began a conversation about issues such as collecting, ownership, reading, buying and selling, literary practices, and the material and environmental aspects of book history. Twenty years later, a few key works, for example Daniel Huws’s Medieval Welsh Manuscripts (2000), have been published, but there have been few opportunities for scholars to gather, discuss, and promote the further study of the field. We hope the conference will begin to achieve this, forming an academic network that will foster further research and collaboration.

There is a conference fee but there are also free evening and afternoon lectures. The full programme is available at

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Brecon Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral
The Cathedral Close

Brecon Cathedral started life in 1093 as the Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist, built by the Normans on the site of an earlier Celtic church. At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537 it became Brecon’s Parish Church. It became a Cathedral only in 1923, on the establishment of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.

The Cathedral is at the heart of a Diocese which stretches from Beguildy in the North to the Gower Peninsula in the South, including the City of Swansea and most of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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