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Current history courses


Church and Cloister in Medieval Wales, 500–1500

Canolfan y Bont, Dulais Road, Pontardulais

Tutors: Colin Wheldon James, Peter Rees and Rhian Rees


The People’s War, The People’s Peace: Britain in the 1940s

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Tutor: Dr Anthea Symonds


The Victorian World, 1837–1901

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Tutor: Colin Wheldon James


The Wars of the Roses in England and Wales, 1447–1499

Forge Fach, Hebron Road, Clydach

Tutor: Richard Lewis


Previous history courses


Colin Wheldon James

Turning Points in the Middle Ages

Life in the Middle Ages

1066 and All That History

A History of Medieval Swansea

The Administration of 19th-Century Swansea


Richard Lewis

A Political History of Europe 1815-1890

France 1787-1871

Revolutions in France 1780-1848

Dynasties, Intrigue and the Hollow Crown 1397-1485


Anthea Symonds

Poverty, Modernism and Radicalism: the 1930s

The Historical Association is committed to adult learning and promoting history at all levels. These courses are a brilliant way to learn about a new topic or to meet people similarly interested in history. All of the classes are taught by experienced tutors, knowledgeable in their subject areas, and class discussion is very much encouraged.


New history course after Easter …


Meet the Vikings


Colin Wheldon James will present a six-week course

(divided by the Spring Bank Holiday)

beginning at 10.30am on Monday 8 May 2017

at Canolfan y Bont, Dulais Road, Pontardulais


Each lecture will last for two hours

and will include a tea/coffee break


Cost per person: £15

No essays to write


For further information contact Colin James on

07971 665594

haswansea@ymail.com


The image of the Vikings as bloodthirsty, battle-hungry pirates, ruthless thugs and pillagers lingers to this day. If we’re to believe the popular stereotype, the Viking, sailing to his victims in a fearsome, dragon-prowed longship and armed with a terrible axe, was intent on nothing more than plundering riches and spreading terror.

The truth about the Vikings is rather more complex. These Scandinavian peoples were also skilled seafarers who traded with the societies that they met on their voyages and settled in the places they discovered. They ventured as far as Constantinople in the Middle East, the river Volga and even the Americas. They took with them a fascinating culture, the influence of which is felt to this day.