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Prof Chris Williams 

Prof Chris Williams
Position:Professor of History and Head of School

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74625
Location:John Percival Building 4.61

Research Interests

  • The social, economic, political  and cultural history of the South Wales coalfield and associated ports
  • Political cartooning in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain
  • Alpinism, mountaineering and rock-climbing from the late eighteenth century to the present
  • The life and times of Richard Burton (1925-84)

Selected Publications

(ed.), The Richard Burton Diaries (Yale University Press, 2012; paperback 2013)

(ed., with Andy Croll), Gwent County History Volume V: The Twentieth Century (University of Wales Press, 2013)

‘ “Our War History in Cartoons is Unique”: J. M. Staniforth, public opinion and the South African War, 1899-1902’, War in History, volume 20 number 4 (2013)

(ed., with Noel Thompson), Robert Owen and his Legacy (University of Wales Press, 2011)

Research Projects

Cartooning the First World War in Wales (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund)


In 2013-14 I shall be contributing to the following modules:

HS1104: Modern Wales

HS1105: The Making of the Modern World

HS1107: History in Practice

HS1701: Approaches to History

Impact and Engagement

Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales