Empowering Children to Take Ownership of their Own History Through Storytelling and Creative Heritage Practice

Hannah Nielsen I have always had a fascination with history and storytelling. I was most fixated on the people of the past and their individual stories. After finishing my BA in History at Swansea University, I wanted to understand more practically what all this knowledge of the past means for us today and I enrolled … Read more

Swansea Historians in the Media

On 20 September 2022, Dr Christoph Laucht appeared on an episode of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme on ‘Cuba, cold war and RAF Fylingdales’ to discuss the historical context in which Ian McEwan’s latest novel Lessons is set. Dr Laucht spoke in relation to his research on responses to the nuclear threat in Britain … 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

Get involved in CHART (Centre for Heritage Research and Training)

CHART is the new centre for heritage research and training at Swansea University, based in the Department of History, Heritage and Classics. CHART brings people with enthusiasm, ideas, and expertise together to create opportunities within and beyond the university. With projects ranging from global cultural protection to Jewish heritage, and the Welsh steel industry, CHART … 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

The Swansea-Mannheim City Partnership and the 1985 Mannheim Monument in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter

One of Swansea’s least well-known monuments stands in the city’s Maritime Quarter. Formerly the site of the docks that facilitated much of the industrial activity upon which Swansea thrived in the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth, this quarter was redeveloped into a residential district in the 1970s and 80s. In the part … Read more

The Middle Ages at the Great Exhibition of 1851

On 1 May 1851 – almost exactly 170 years ago – the Great Exhibition first opened its doors to the public. Housed in Hyde Park, in the vast temporary structure that was quickly christened the Crystal Palace, the exhibition remained open until 15 October. During that time, it attracted millions of visitors, many of whom … Read more