We’re delighted to be in a position to confirm fuller details of the conference excursion, which will be taking place at Tintern Abbey.
Sitting in the border county of Monmouthshire, the Abbey was founded in village of Tintern during the 12th century by the Lord of Chepstow, Walter de Clare. A busy Cistercian religious institution enjoyed significant attention during subsequent centuries, homing Edward II during a short visit, as well as being located near strategic locations during the Welsh Uprising of the early 15th century. When the monasteries were dissolved by Henry VIII, Tintern Abbey passed into the hands of the Lord of Chepstow, Henry Somerset in 1536, after which the building and its estates fell into decline.
Over the succeeding centuries, the ruin and the nearby Wye Valley has been the focus of various literary and cultural tourists, not least William Gilpin’s Picturesque Tour of 1782, and perhaps most famously the Abbey was immortalised in the Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’ (1798). Interest in the ruin continued beyond the Romantic period, with the location forming the focus of poetry by writers as diverse as Tennyson and Ginsberg.
The Abbey is around an hour’s coach journey away from the conference venue, and we’re planning an exciting series of talks and presentations at the location, about which we’ll be posting updates in the coming months. Arrangements for the excursion will be overseen by Dr Jamie Castell, Lecturer in Romanticism at Cardiff University.