The Historical Association
Swansea Branch

Promoting history in south-west Wales

If you belong to an organisation that would like one of our panel of speakers to give a talk, please contact us at: or telephone 07971 665594

Colin Wheldon James        The Point of History ~ Reckonings of the Western Calendar ~ The Carolingians ~ The Anglo-Saxons ~ The Vikings ~ 1066: the Story of the Norman Conquest  ~
         The Norman Conquest: Why It Matters ~ The Role of the Supernatural in the First Crusade ~ Magna Carta ~ The Founding of Medieval Swansea ~
          The Story of Swansea Castle ~ The Life and Times of Gerald of Wales ~ Giraldus Cambrensis and His Journey Through Wales in 1188 ~ The Black Death ~
         Health and Death in the Middle Ages ~ Science, Superstition and Study in the Middle Ages ~ The Castle: A Monument of the Middle Ages ~
          Life in the 16th Century: Things You Thought You Knew ~ Compassion and Resolve in the Victorian World ~ The Rebecca Riots : Cause and Effect ~
          Joseph Parry: a Welshman of Note ~ The Church in Gower, 400-1900 ~ Gower and the Sea ~ The Port of Swansea ~ Health and Death in 19th-century Swansea  ~           Swansea in the Second World War

John Ashley                               White Rock: 200 Years of the Copper Community ~ Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Swansea ~ Swansea Aviation Pioneers ~ The Great Meridian Conference  ~
         Social history topics ~ Local and family history research  

Peter Rees                                 The Origins of Swansea’s Copper Industry ~ The Development of the Welsh Tinplate Industry ~ The Role of Women in 19th-century Rural Wales ~                                                              Monasticism in Medieval Wales ~ Personal Memories of  India ~ More Personal Memories of  India

Ray Savage                                 Swansea Castle ~ World War One: the War at Sea ~ The Industrial Story of Aberdulais Falls

Rhian Rees                                 Gwyrosydd: the Story of Daniel James, the Poet who Wrote ‘Calon Lân’ ~ Gwyrosydd: Y Dyn Ei Hun (talk delivered in Welsh) ~
          The Role of Women in Medieval Wales ~ Diverse Welsh Saints ~ The Mabinogi

Richard Lewis                         The Origins of the French Revolution ~ The Reign of Terror: the Heart of the French Revolution ~ King Richard II: A Study in Tyranny and Intrigue

Anthea Symonds                   A History of Housing ~ Health Care before the National Health ~ New Journalism in the 19th Century ~ Women in World War Two

Liz McSloy                                   In Flanders Fields: a Personal Journey of Discovery

Bernard Lewis                         A Day in the Swansea Workhouse ~ Captain Strange and the Swansea Battalion in the Great War ~ Swansea in the Great War

Lynda Bryant                           The Mackworths of Neath ~ The Rebecca Riots ~ The Tudors ~ The Stuarts

Bill Zajac                                     Neath Abbey in the World of Western Monasticism

Syd Howells                              The Egypt Centre at Swansea University

David Coley                               Arms and Armour of the Middle Ages (this talk uses examples of armour and weaponry)

John Richards                         The Bayeux Tapestry
                                                         Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon

John Law                                    Renaissance Italy, Renaissance Venice, and their interpreters

Chris Jones-Jenkins             Visualising the Past: Architectural Reconstruction Drawings ~ Castrum Leonis Roars Again: Holt Castle in Reconstruction Drawing ~
                                                         Illustrating the Laleston Stones Trail ~ Aberthaw Pebble Lime Works: Revision through Reconstruction Drawings

Non Thomas                             Topic to be determined (beginning January 2018)

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