Curious Travellers

The project explores Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales and Scotland with a focus on the writings of the Flintshire naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), whose published Tours of both countries did so much to awaken public interest in the ‘peripheries’ of Britain.

A transcription of an anonymous 'Tour in Scotland' from August 1794
A transcription of an anonymous 'Tour in Scotland' from August 1794

This four-year AHRC-funded research project, launched in September 2014 and was jointly run by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the University of Glasgow.  It explores Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales and Scotland. The project's focus is on the writings of the Flintshire naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), whose published Tours of both countries did so much to awaken public interest in the ‘peripheries’ of Britain. The project's aim was to open a window onto the vivid and often entertaining accounts of scores of ‘curious travellers’ who headed for the edges of the British Isles in search of the primitive, the picturesque and the sublime – and often found the foreign, and the unsettling, surprisingly close to home.

The project features interactive maps charting Pennant's 1769 and 1772 tours, together with Johnson and Boswell's 1773 tour, and digital editions of more than 500 letters and eighteen tour manuscripts

Project website: https://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/


Main contact: Nigel Leask

Developer: Luca Guariento

Start year: 2014

End year: 2018

Funded by: AHRC

Subject area: Scottish Literature

Keywords: Digital EditionDigitisationHistoryMappingTranscriptionXML

Record last updated 2019-12-16