Tag Archives: Cultural History

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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On the Beach

Andy Croll recommends some summer reading It’s that time of year again. Put down your history books for a couple of weeks, slap on the sun cream and head for the beach. Think again! Here’s some good news for you. … Continue reading

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Historian visits Cursed Earth

Brian Ireland writes for 2000AD Dr. Brian Ireland has written a short article for 2000AD about the epic Judge Dredd story ‘The Cursed Earth’. Brian is writing a book about movement and mobility in the United States, and is particularly … Continue reading

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Age of Magnificence

What was Baroque? If you’re in London this summer don’t miss Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence. This exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum showcases the dominant European artistic style of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries … Continue reading

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