The Legacy of Longfields Project is a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded research project to examine and share the history of Longfields Association. The Association was set up in 1952 by a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy to provide them with the opportunity to take part in education. At the time of its … Continue reading Swansea’s pioneering disability charity
How much did medieval communities know about their past, and what value was placed on this knowledge? These two key questions have dominated my research for about ten years now. Sometimes, I think they are unanswerable, and then suddenly find another tantalising glimpse into medieval perceptions of their past, and of the times that had … Continue reading Finding Forgotten Places in Search of Orderic Vitalis: Normandy, July 2017
Bastille Day has got our Editor, Stephanie Brown, thinking about the guillotine. Bastille Day marks the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution. While celebrating la Fête nationale, the violence of the Revolution can often be overlooked. In the same year as the Bastille was stormed, Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin … Continue reading The Guillotine: Enlightenment technology gone arwy.
With her exams out of the way, our PR Officer, Lauren Kent, visits the Roman Baths. The magnificent Roman Baths are situated in ‘an area central in the city,' with Stall Street to the west and York Street to the south. I visited the bath houses on the 21 June 2017 - a sunny, hot day, … Continue reading The Roman Baths: A History Student’s Guide
Monday 22 May saw the annual conference for the History department’s MA programmes. Students are invited to showcase their dissertation topics, which will be written over the summer. These topics span the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods, and include themes such as the medieval oral tradition (David Sloan); the legacy of New Orleans voodoo (Camilla … Continue reading Swansea University History and Medieval Studies MA Conference
On the 21 February 2017, between 16:00-18:00 James Aitcheson will visiting Swansea University for a talk! Are you a fan of his books, or of medieval history in general? An open lecture will be in held Glyndwr Lecture Room B. James Aitcheson, is a historical novelist who studied History at the prestigious Emmanuel College of … Continue reading James Aitcheson Visits Swansea University
Between the eleventh and twenty-fifth of April 1809, the Battle of Basque Roads saw the British Navy come incredibly close to the destruction of the French fleet in the Bay of Biscay. While the 207th anniversary of the battle isn’t the most rounded to memorialize the event, it is perhaps a good opportunity to outline … Continue reading Anecdotes of Lord Thomas Cochrane
A second year History student discusses the compulsory module, Practice of History.
Inspired by Women’s History Month, Stephanie Brown explores the range of experiences faced by medieval women…