As a follow on from the project and the evaluation discussions, we have decided to establish the Brethyn Online Research Network.
Lisa Y Gabbert, from the University of Texas, decided the focus of her PhD studies after attending the conference arranged by the University of South Wales and the Museum of Wales, to explore ‘Clothing the Enslaved in the 18th Century Atlantic’
Lisa is now working closely with the project follow up “Brethyn Online Research Network” team, as she working on her PhD dissertation which highlights wool as a foundational commodity, which was important to the everyday function of empire in a way that allowed cotton to become the dominant textile of economic gain.
The tremendous role of wool in the empire narrative will be examined through four micro-histories and my research will focus on:
1 Welsh wool producers who provided Welsh Plains for use with the enslaved
2 the enslaved in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands who wore Welsh Plains while producing goods that perpetuated empire wealth,
3 the convicts sent to Australia who resorted to petty crimes in circumstances attributable to empire industrialization and later wore prescriptive wool clothing
4 and the North American colonials who rebelled against the strict control of wool production exemplified by the 1699 Wool Act.
Lisa ultimately wants to validate the importance of wool which came before, existed during, and sustained empire alongside cotton, rather than being replaced by it in importance.
Pack Horse Routes: Understanding the complexity of the network of pack horse routes is an area which would benefit from much more research and the Snowdonia National Park are interested to work with us in future, as they had little additional information to offer. Pickfords, the removal company started with pack horses and we are in touch with them