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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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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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Symbols of Oppression?

Graduate Prizewinners in History, 2010 Hijabs and headscarves have made headlines all over Europe recently. Is the Islamic veil a security threat, a symbol of oppression, a rejection of modernity? What can a historian add to this debate? In her … 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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Re-reading the Past

Saving Cardiff’s Rare Books Collection For decades, Cardiff Council Library hid a treasure – a collection of 18,000 rare books purchased and donated in the nineteenth century for the benefit of the people of the city. During the twentieth century, … Continue reading

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Married to the Party?

Labour Women MPs – the 2010 Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture image src=”http://historydivision.blogs.southwales.ac.uk/files/2010/3/13/wilkinson.jpg” alt=”Photo of Ellen Wilkinson” class=”left”> In this year’s Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture, Professor June Hannam, associate dean at the University of the West of England, spoke on ‘Writing … Continue reading

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Crucifixion in Cilfynydd

THE HISTORY SOCIETY PRESENTS … GARETH WILLIAMS The image of Wales as ‘the land of song’ is based on the renown and immense popularity of its choral singing, particularly among the coalfield communities of the valleys. This period was also … Continue reading

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Story of Wales and Slavery

Bittersweet: Sugar, Tea and Slavery at the National Assembly How are our lives connected to the world of Atlantic slavery? One clue may lie in the things we eat and drink. For example, the well-sugared cup of tea first become … Continue reading

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The History Boys and the Bayonet

Investigating the Butcher Blade Imagine the scene: students moving into a shared house in Abercynon. A van full of furniture, an empty house awaiting the house-warming party. After much puffing and panting we get the furniture in and get ready … Continue reading

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Glamorgan Historians work with Welsh Museums

Two of Glamorgan’s historians, Dr Jonathan Durrant and Dr Andy Croll, are working with Welsh museums as part of the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP). The programme enables staff in universities to build relationships with external partners. Jonathan Durrant has been … Continue reading

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