Travellers from Europe have been writing about their diverse impressions and perceptions of Wales in diaries, letters, travelogues and, more recently, blogs for centuries. Remarks on the nature of travelling in a foreign country, its people, the weather, town and country life, industrial enterprise, social endeavours or encounters with unfamiliar food are only a few of the topics in these texts. This three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project looks  into the various portrayals of Wales and ‘Welshness’ in European travel writing in the period 1750-2010. The project is a collaboration between Bangor University, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Swansea University.

Over the coming three years, work on the the project will result in the following outputs:

Picture: Advisory Panel meeting, September 2013

Left to right: Dafydd Johnston, Christina Les, Katie Gramich, Charles Forsdick, Robert Evans, Mary-Ann Constantine, Anna-Lou Dijkstra, Heather Williams, Alison Martin, Kathryn Jones, Carol Tully, Michael Freeman