Location & Travel

These pages provide an overview of the location of Romantic Imprints, as well as practical information about getting to and from Cardiff, conference accommodation and local attractions.

City of Cardiff

Cardiff is a vibrant and expanding young capital, which has strong historical links to the region, as evidenced by its two castles which were rebuilt in the 19th century, its municipal buildings whose architecture is characteristic of the early 20th century and the docks area which established Cardiff as a major international port. But Cardiff is forward-looking too: since gaining city status in 1905 and becoming the Welsh capital fifty years later, it has continued to grow and diversify in a number of dynamic ways.

In addition to its rich Welsh heritage, the city is home to a large multicultural population; expansions in the last twenty years, particularly through the regeneration of the Cardiff Bay area, has made it a commercial and administrative centre for modern business; the basing of the Welsh Government’s Senedd has solidified Cardiff’s central role in the political fabric of the UK, while its continuing commitment to the arts, sports and culture is evident by the presence of the Welsh Millennium Centre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, two international stadia and three of the main broadcasting companies (in addition to a many independent ones).

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Cardiff University

Cardiff University offers an ideal venue for a BARS 2015 conference on the themes of national identity, print cultures and their significance to the Romantic period. Given that there has not been a BARS International Conference in Wales in at least 20 years, we hope that BARS 2015 will offer an ideal opportunity to bring together on-going research in Romantic literature and print in a welcoming and engaging location.

Cardiff is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884. It was named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and was tiny in comparison to its current size. There were just 13 academic staff, 12 departments, 102 full-time degree students and 49 part-time students. In 1893, it became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales and began awarding their degrees. By 1972, it had taken the name University College, Cardiff, which merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) in 1988. In 1999, the public name of the University changed to Cardiff University. In 2004, Cardiff University merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine, which had been part of the original University before splitting off in 1931—making the 2004 merger a reunification. In December 2004 the Privy Council approved a new Supplemental Charter granting Cardiff full university status, and its legal name changed to Cardiff University, leaving it independent of the University of Wales.

The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) was established in October 1997 as an interdisciplinary unit based in Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Its aim is to combine traditional scholarly skills with modern technological methodologies in order to investigate various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures. The interests of members of the Centre range from medieval studies to postmodern aesthetics, and they have employed both academic and digital resources while working on a number of significant editorial and bibliographical projects, including the creation of bilbliographic databases and electronic journals. We have a team of established scholars working in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in 2014 launched the Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar (CRECS).