Artefacts from a British convict hulk which sank off Bermuda will be shown for the first time outside the island at a University of Leicester conference on convict transportation in December.
Delegates at the international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of Economic and Social History will include the instigators of the marine archaeology project, the Dromedary Hulk Bermuda. The artefacts they will bring are taken from among 2,600 brought up from the wrecked ship and include stone carvings, jewellery, buttons, medical instruments, pipes and crude lanterns.
Tim Millett, owner of a collection of convict 'love tokens', exhibited at the British Library earlier in the year, will also attend, bringing some of his collection with him.
The conference, entitled Colonial Places, Convict Spaces: Penal Transportation in Global Context, c1600-1940, will take place on 9-10 December 1999. Scholars from every continent are expected to attend, giving papers on a variety of topics and in a variety of contexts relating to the conference theme.
Papers range from an examination of the use of transportation as a means of colonisation in early-modern European empires, power relations in the penal colonies, the impact of convict settlements on indigenous societies and the meaning of those written sources convicts left behind - 'convict narratives'.
Geographically, the range covered includes the Americas, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Australia.
Note for editors: Further details of the conference are available from Clare Anderson, Department of Economic and Social History, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2785, email email@example.com.
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