The annual conference is a friendly four day event held at various locations in Great Britain and Ireland in September. It includes papers by Society members and eminent guest lecturers and study excursions to local sites of interest. The conference provides an unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information on an informal basis.
2013 Conference - 12-15 September, Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales
Conference themes: water, traditional buildings and borderlands (draft programme below)
An online application form will shortly be available. These should be completed and sent with a non-returnable deposit of £75 to the Conference Secretary, Steph Mastoris, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD.
Three rates are available:
- The cost of attending the whole conference WITHOUT accommodation - £150.
- The cost of attending the whole conference WITH accommodation in the Metropole Hotel (where the onference sessions will be held) will be £420 for single occupancy and £380 per person for two people sharing a room.
- The cost of attending at a day rate (with lunch and dinner, but NO accommodation) is £60 per day for each of 13th and 14th September and £40 for 15th September.
A free student place is available at the 2013 conference. Please contact the Conferece Secretary, Steph Mastoris, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD by the end of May if you are interested. Applicants should be in full-time education and should not have attended the annual conference before. A short review of the confreence will be required from the successful applicant. All fees and the cost of bookable meals are included, but the successful student will have to pay for his or her own travel.
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The Society for Folk Life Studies
Llandrindod Wells, Wales: 12th to 15th September 2013
** Water * Borderlands * Vernacular architecture *
The conference venue and hotel is the Hotel Metropole,
Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DY
Tel: +44 (0)1597 823 700; website: http://www.metropole.co.uk/
(Draft at: 7-5-2013)
THURSDAY, 12th September
17.15-18.00 Registration at the Hotel Metropole
18.00-18.05 Eddie Cass (SFLS President)
18.30-19.30 Dafydd Hawkins
Keynote address: Radnorshire –Wales’ forgotten county
19.45-21.00 Dinner at Hotel Metropole
FRIDAY, 13th September
09.00 Assemble at the Hotel Metropole
09.00-09.05 Eddie Cass
09.05-09.50 Dr Owen Roberts
[Aspects of the water industry in Wales]
9.50-10.30 Steph Mastoris
The Welsh river maps in Michael Drayton’s Polyolbion
10.30 – 11.00 Tea & coffee
11.00-11.45 [Speaker TBA]
Llandrindod as a Spa town.
11.45 – 12.30 Dr Mark Redknap
Llan-gors crannog - an early Medieval time capsule
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch at the Hotel Metrople
13.30 – 14.50 Short papers:
13.30-13.50 Linda Ballard
Unitarianism and murder in 1870s Ulster.
13.50-14.10 John Burnett
Scots writer Norman Douglas as an ethnologist
14.10-14.50 [Speaker tba]
History of the Hotel Metropole
15.00-17.00 A walking tour of Llandrindod Wells
18.00-19.00 Wine Reception at the Radnorshire Museum
(Temple Street Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5DL Tel: 01597 824 513; Website: www.powys.gov.uk/radnorshiremuseum)
Sponsored by the Folklore Society
19.30 Dinner at the Hotel Metropole
SATURDAY, 14th September
09.00 Assemble at the Conference Room, Hotel Metropole
09.00-09.45 Dr Lillis Ò Laoire
Seán Ó hEochaidh and the folklore of Donegal.
09.45-10.30 Sarah Blowen
‘Good fences do good neighbours make’? Borderlands in the Balkans.
10.30-11.00 Tea & coffee
11.00-11.45 Nick Mansfield (University of Central Lancashire)
The persistence of Anti-Welshness in the Marches.
11.45-12.30 Eddie Cass
James Madison Carpenter and George Baker: An analytical description of an artistic relationship.
12.30-13.30 Lunch at Hotel Metropole
13.30 Coach excursion to Elan Valley and some mediaeval churches and their rood screens with Ray Smith and Will Adams
17.30 Return to hotel
19.30 Dinner at the Hotel Metropole
20.00 Informal discussion on developing new audiences for Folk Life Studies, led by Sarah Blowen
Sunday, 15th September
Information regarding church services will be available for those wishing to attend
09.00 Assemble at Conference Room, Hotel Metropole
09.05-09.45 Annual General Meeting of the Society for Folk Life Studies.
09.45-10.30 Eurwyn Wiliam
The study of vernacular architecture in Wales.
10.30-11.00 Tea & Coffee
11.00-12.30 [Speaker TBA]
12.30-13.00 [Speaker TBA]
13.00-13.15 Concluding remarks
13.15-14.00 Lunch at the Hotel Metropole
End of conference
2014 - Killarney, Ireland (11-14 September, hosted by Muckross House)
2015 - Black Country Museum, Dudley, England
Past Conferences (under construction) :