Copper Conference 2011

In July 2011 the ESRC-funded Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper Project organised a two-day workshop-style conference of scholars who were currently working on subjects related to the history of the copper industry and its heritage.

Subjects ranged from the early markets for copper in India to a biographical study of copper entrepreneur Pascoe Grenfell, and from the fundamental role of early transport infrastructure in Swansea's copperworks to the role the industry played in attracting Britain's scientific community to Swansea in 1848 and 1880.

[Selected abstracts will be available here shortly, 2/9/2011]



The Local and Global Worlds of Welsh Copper

14- 15 July 2011

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Thursday 14 July

14.00 Welcome and introduction

14.30 George Roberts (Cambridge), ‘“Men willing and able”. Capital and Entrepreneurship in the Glamorgan Copper Industry, 1780-1836’

Stephen Hughes (Royal Commission on the Ancient andHistoricalMonumentsofWales), ‘The transport infrastructure of Copperopolis’

16.00 Tea

16.30 Penny Watts-Russell, ‘Pascoe Grenfell, coppermaster of Middle and Upper Bank works, 1803-1838’.

Louise Miskell (Swansea), ‘Copper smelting and scientific culture in Victorian Swansea’.

18.00 Close


Friday 15 July

09.00 Philip Payton (Exeter), 'Cornwall,Walesand a world of copper'.

Huw Bowen (Swansea), ‘Asiatic demand and the growth of the Welsh copper industry, 1730-1820’.

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Chris Evans (Glamorgan), ‘El Cobre: Cuban ore and the globalisation ofSwanseacopper, 1830-1870’.

Manuel Llorca-Jãna (UniversityofChile), Chilean exports of copper toWalesduring the nineteenth century: their impact on the Chilean and Welsh economies’.

12.30 Lunch

14.00   Robert Protheroe Jones (National Museum Wales), ‘Shooting sacred cows: attempting to quantify Wales and Swansea's place in UK and world copper smelting’.

Tehmina Goskar (Swansea), ‘Turning history into heritage: Shaping perceptions of copper's past’.

15.30 Pat Hudson (Cardiff and Swansea) Response and concluding remarks

16.00 Close