History Research Seminars TB2 2022

With the exception of the CRAM annual lecture, all seminars take place on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2.30 pm. Zoom link for all sessions: https://swanseauniversity.zoom.us/j/94506346306?pwd=NkRWNUprdkVvRWNSVW1HbG12NXVCdz09  (Meeting ID: 945 0634 6306. Passcode: 525374) Everyone is welcome to attend but queries and questions can be sent to: m.johnes@swansea.ac.uk 26 January 2022: CRAM annual lecture: Patricia Owens (Oxford), … Read more

Bringing History and Heritage Alive for/with Young People

Department of History, Heritage and Classics History Research Seminars Wednesday, 24 November 2021 1.15pm Bringing History and Heritage Alive for/with Young People Dr Tracy Breathnach, Research Officer, Department of History, Heritage and Classics, Swansea University In this seminar Dr Tracy Breathnach discusses the co-productive methodology she uses to engage young people and children with history … Read more

Putting Swansea and the Mumbles on the map

What did the city of Swansea look like before the twentieth century? How has the past shaped the present outlines of the city streets and buildings? What traces are left of Swansea’s medieval and industrial history? A team of historians and academics are aiming to answer these questions by producing a map of early Swansea … Read more

The Symbolism of the White Poppy in Britain

The interwar period brought a wave of cultural change, and the white peace poppy was a fringe commemorative symbol that exemplified these changes. The white peace poppy was organised and sold by the Women’s Cooperative Guild, typically working-class women who had lost multiple family members to the Great War and sought to exercise their newly … Read more

History Research Seminars

Department of History, Heritage and Classics All events begin at 1.15pm and take place online TB1 2021 Wednesday, 13 October 2021 – Eugene Miakinkov (Swansea), ‘War and Enlightenment and 18th Century Russia’ (CRAM). Wednesday, 27 October 2021 – Simon John (Swansea), ‘Monument and Memory: Godfrey of Bouillon, Historical Culture and Nationhood in Belgium, 1830-1914’ (MEMO) … Read more

A path-breaking international conference: ‘Race’, law and group identity in medieval Europe

On 6 & 7 September 2021 Swansea University and Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń, Poland) co-hosted this interdisciplinary conference welcoming registered delegates, both historians and art historians from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Finland, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Brazil. Delegates discussed, from a variety of cultural and historical perspectives, the complex relationships that existed … Read more

The Swansea-Mannheim city partnership and German impressions of Swansea University over the years

In an earlier blogpost I sketched the history of the city partnership between Swansea and Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg, Germany), from its establishment in the 1950s. That blog focused in particular on the creation of a monument to the partnership, a miniature replica of the German city’s main landmark, which was erected in Swansea in 1985. Since … Read more

The Curious Case of Ted Dexter and Cardiff South East

Sam Blaxland The former England cricket captain, Ted Dexter, died on 26th August 2021, aged 86. This article, about a peculiar event in his career, originally featured in the 2016 edition of the Conservative History Journal. In 1964 the electorate of Cardiff South East faced the unusual situation of having the England cricket captain as … Read more

Historians and Pandemic Policies: What role should historians play?

Earlier this summer, Dr Michael Bresalier organised and chaired a virtual roundtable with the Society for the Social History of Medicine on the role of historians and history in pandemic policies and policy-making.  The roundtable was organised to address a paradoxical issue: while academic historians have been called upon to provide all manner of perspectives … Read more

Learning to Live with Covid-19: Perspectives from Past Pandemics

Recently, Dr. Michael Bresalier gave two public lectures from a project he’s developing on “Learning to Live with Covid-19: Historical perspectives on how humanity adapts to epidemics”.   The first lecture, “Learning to Live with Covid-19: What can the history of influenza teach us?”, was part of the Hay Festival’s lunchtime talk series. It addressed a … Read more