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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Visitors gather to hear about Ladies of Llangollen

* Visitors gather around the grave of the Ladies of Llangollen at St Collen's to hear a talk by Sue Evans from the church. 

Visitors from across the country were given a talk about the monument to the Ladies of Llangollen yesterday (Saturday).

The description of the last resting places of Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, along with their faithful housekeeper Mary Carryl, in St Collen's graveyard was given by Sue Evans from the church.

Her talk also highlighted some historical points of interest of the town's ancient parish church and the commemorative plaque depicting the Ladies which it displays on the wall.

* Visitors gather inside the church to hear about some historical points of interest.

The visit to the railed-of gothic style monument came during a special day of events to mark the launch of a new exhibition at the home of the Ladies, Plas Newydd.

The exhibition, entitled Beloved: Crafting Intimacies with the Ladies of Llangollen, has been created by Manchester-based artist Sarah-Joy Ford after a period of artist residency at Plas Newydd. 

She says the embroidered intervention is inspired by the deep and lifelong intimate relationship between the Ladies and the extraordinary home that they created together, as well as Sarah Ponsonby’s own creative practices undertaken in the home.

The day also included a symposium hosted by Queer Research Network Manchester at The Hand Hotel and a private view of the exhibition with drinks reception at Plas Newydd. 

Sarah-Joy Ford said: "Queer Research Network Manchester is an inter-disciplinary research network that aims to bring together researchers working with queer themes across the Manchester universities. We host regular discussion and reading groups for PhD students and organise bi-monthly events and speakers.

"This project is funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership through their Researcher-Led Knowledge Exchange scheme, with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council."

* One of the pieces of artwork featured in the exhibition.

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