TUESDAY 3RD JUNE, 7.30pm, The Drill Hall, Chepstow
Objects of Curiosity: Charles Heath and Georgian Tourism at Tintern Abbey
An illustrated talk by Dr Suzanne Matheson
£3, £2 concession (tickets in advance from Chepstow Museum)
We are taking the opportunity of Suzanne Matheson’s brief stay in Chepstow whilst she is on sabbatical from Windsor University in Ontario, to co-curate the Sites of Inspiration exhibition at Chepstow Museum, to give talks on the aspects of Tintern Abbey in the period that she is researching.
In this talk Suzanne Matheson will look at the practices of showing Tintern Abbey to visitors in the Romantic period, and the remarkable history of Charles Heath’s printed guides to the site. Charles Heath, a printer, publisher and bookseller of Monmouth, compiled his own guides which at first were the relevant sections from other people’s writings gathered together, but later included research of his own. Heath’s Historical and Descriptive Accounts of…Tintern Abbey, first appeared in 1793 and was updated and expanded until 1828. Few places in the nation have such rich documentation of the nature and impact of early tourism as Tintern. Suzanne will consider the role that Charles Heath played in shaping the Wye tour and guiding tourists during the era of Wordsworth and Turner.