Category Archives: History: Media

History in the Media: Coal Dust and Choral Song

There had been singing in Wales for centuries, formally in monasteries and cathedrals, informally in taverns and ale-houses, but it is with the industrial history of Wales that the popular mind associates the Welsh male voice choir and the popular … Continue reading

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The Victorians and the making of the traditional Christmas

Christmas,as we all know, boasts some impressive traditions. But when, precisely, did those traditions come into being? J.M. Golby and A.W. Purdue’s The Making of the Modern Christmas(1986) is a lively history of the festive season that traces the origin … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Camps

Displaced People and Christmas Celebrations after the Second World War It was Christmas 1946 and the congregation had filled the old Marktkirche (Market Church) in Goslar. As the bells began to peal, fifty small children waited anxiously in the transept. … Continue reading

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Slaves, Speed Demons, Snake Stones: New Welsh History?

Why a ‘New History of Wales’? The Western Mail claims to be ‘ripping up the stereotypes’ for Welsh History Month. Three members of Glamorgan’s history division have contributed to the newpaper’s ‘New History of Wales’ series. Drawing on their recent … Continue reading

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Panzers in Pembrokeshire?

Cold War Wales and the Labour Party Why did a Labour government send British soldiers to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? According to Glamorgan’s Norry LaPorte, the Labour Party’s development since the 1980s has brought supporters of ‘realpolitik’ to the … Continue reading

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