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Dillwyn Day: Science, Culture, Society

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Dillwyn Day: Science, Culture, Society

Time: June 22, 2012 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Swansea, Wales
Street: National Waterfront Museum
City/Town: Swansea
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Event Type: sympousium
Organized By: The Learned Society of Wales / Swansea University
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2012

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You are invited to a one-day symposium on pivotal role of one family in nineteenth century life.  From the history of science to literary criticism, this interdisciplinary event explores the Dillwyn family’s contributions to: Anti-Slavery and transatlantic trade, nineteenth century science and ground-breaking early photography, feminist literature and pioneering industrial fiction, nation-building politics and the relationship between science and culture. 

Speakers include Professor Prys Morgan, Professor Chris Evans and Professor Iwan Morus.

22 June 2012, National Waterfront Museum

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The Dillwyn Project at Swansea University promotes research into the cultural and scientific achievements of this remarkably dynasty and works to preserve, extend and disseminate the archives of the Dillwyn family. Members of the Dillwyn family were key figures in science, culture, politics and industry during the nineteenth century.  Women were as active as men, and Amy Dillwyn is famous for being an early female industrialist and entrepreneur (as well as a writer) while her aunt, Mary Dillwyn, was an early female photographer.

Current activities include:

  • An AHRC-funded research on the fiction of Amy Dillwyn
  • a series of events and talks on the Dillwyns (incollaboration with Literature Wales and the Learned Society of Wales)
  • the transcription and online publication of diaries and journals of William Dillwyn (anti-slavery campaigner and transatlantic businessman) Lewis Weston Dillwyn (botanist), Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (Liberal MP, active in putting down the Rebecca Riots) and Amy Dillwyn (author, feminist and female industrialist).  The diaries of eminent geologist Henry De La Beche (grandfather of Amy Dillwyn) will appear in print.

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