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Dr David Wyatt 

Dr David Wyatt
Position:Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History, Community and Engagement

Telephone:029 2870404
Location:John Percival Building, Room 5.41

Research Interests

  • Slavery in the societies of medieval Britain c. 800-1200 a.d.
  • The warrior fraternities of medieval Britain c. 800-1200 a.d.
  • Concepts of gender and power in early-medieval Britain.
  • The beginnings of English imperialism: political and cultural interaction between the societies of Britain in the 11th and 12th centuries.
  • Viking settlement and society in the Irish Sea region.
  • The narrative of William A. Hall (a fugitive slave in Cardiff) and Welsh anti-slavery sentiments, 1861-65
  • Community engagement, co-production and heritage regeneration

Successful Grant Applications Secured

2012 AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Award £20k

2013 AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Development Award - Digging Caerau £80k

2013 AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Follow Up Award - HEART of Cardiff Project £32k

Awards Won

2012 Cardiff Celebrating Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Engagement

2011 Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Highly Commended Award for the Exploring the Past Progression Pathway


Year 1

HS1101 Medieval Europe

Level 1 Module   20 Credits

Medieval Castle

Medieval Castle

  • The module provides an introduction to the history of Europe during the Middle Ages.
Medieval Europe - 20 credits


HS1107 History in Practice: Fury, Folly and Footnotes

Level 1 Module  20 Credits

  • History in Practice introduces students to the different frameworks which underpin historical research and the many different ways of writing history, while providing training in the skills necessary to practice history at undergraduate level.
History in Practice: Fury, Folly and Footnotes - 20 credits


Year 2

HS2428 Heritage Communication

Level 2 Module 20 Credits

  • This module aims to bring an understanding of how heritage is created and curated in the present. It examines the value of producing material that is relevant to the general public, and the broader benefits of doing so, to society as a whole. Students gain an appreciation of how heritage can be used to affect public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted, misused or misplaced.


Year 3

HS1818 Slavery and Sin

Level 3 Module  30 Credits

Slavery and Sin

Slavery and Sin


  • This module examines the enormous social and cultural significance of slavery in Christian Europe from the late Roman period to the eve of the discovery of the New World.

Postgraduate Teaching

HST903 Themes in Ancient & Medieval Warfare

MA in Ancient & Medieval Warfare   20 Credits


Lifelong Learning Teaching - Exploring the Past

Exploring the Past


I conceived, designed and manage this foundation pathway which provides non-traditional adult learners with progression onto part-time degree schemes in SHARE with advanced standing. For further details see:

Exploring the Past Web Site:

Impact and Engagement

As community engagement co-ordinator for the School

  • I promote and manage community engagement, widening access and outreach initiatives in the School
  • I contribute to and lead the development of new outreach and engagement initiatives.
  • I contribute to creating collaborative initiatives and programmes internally and externally.

Selected Research and Engagement Projects

CAER Heritage Project

Please click on link below to view YouTube video

The Caerau and Ely Rediscovering Heritage Project (CAER) engages Cardiff's Ely and Caerau communities in researching their past, building a detailed picture of the history and archaeology of this vibrant area. For further details of the project see my research page.

Project website:

Facebook Page with information & images:!/CAERHeritageProject

See also:


SHARE with Schools Project



I co-ordinate SHARE with Schools (SwS) a project which creates links with local secondary schools and sixth forms in a variety of 'widening access' locations in South-east Wales (currently Ely, Caerau, Leckwith and the Cynon Valley). For further details of the project see my research page.

Project web site:


NCCPE ambassador

I am a public engagement ambassador with the National Centre for the Coordination of Public Engagement, an institution which promotes Public Engagement in Higher Education Institutions across the UK