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The Family Archive
The Family Archive

Exploring how photographs, scrapbooks and heirlooms influence family identity



British Officer relaxes at one of many Egyptian monuments
Images of Egypt & Palestine

Awarded through HLF’s Our Heritage programme, this project will focus on collecting and making accessible images of Egypt and Palestine as they would have been seen by people during the First World War.



Cardiff Gets the Education Spotlight

First there was Educating Essex, followed by Educating Yorkshire, then the East End. Filming has now started on a documentary series following the ups and downs of school life in Cardiff.


Cardiff Archaeology graduate wins national prize

2013 Cardiff Archaeology graduate Tom Durbin has been awarded the 2013 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize in the latest Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology awards.
Tom's dissertation was 'City of Sinners: An Archaeological Study of Port Royal, Jamaica'. Fellow 2013 graduate from Cardiff Sarah Taylor was also nominated in this category, showing the strength of abilities within Archaeology at Cardiff. Sarah's dissertation was written on the archaeology of the English Civil War.
Congratulations both! Link:


Prof Bill Jones is to give a Lunchtime Lecture at Dyffryn House, Cardiff on Tues 11 December 2014, 11.30am. Title: ‘In Search of Uncle Sam: Welsh Emigration to the USA in the 19th century’. Booking:


Cardiff University Excellence Awards

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion has once again been awarded for its outstanding work in the latest Cardiff University Excellence Awards



Professor Anthony Snodgrass
Marking a watershed moment in Classical Archaeology

An Age of Experiment: Classical Archaeology Transformed (1976-2014)



Dr Garthine Walker
British Historian wins international award:

Sutherland Prize 2014 goes to Cardiff University social historian



The Choice
World War One pictures speak a thousand words

Images created during the First World War are to be on show and debated at a free event at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.



Maiden Castle
Ancient Maiden Castle Secrets Revealed

Secrets from the Sky [ITV, Friday 7/11/14, 8pm]



Miners Strike Anniversary - House of Commons vote
Cardiff historian Dr Ben Curtis added comment on the longstanding effects of pit closures in South Wales on BBC Wales Today last night. [item approx 19 minutes]


Dr Keir Waddington
Cardiff History Professor heads to Taiwan

Cardiff University Professor of History Keir Waddington is to be the guest of the Institute of Historical Research Academia Sinica in Taiwan.



Prayer for the Day
Prayer for the Day

A new book inspired by BBC Radio 4 reflection features contributions from two Cardiff Religious Studies academics.



History undergraduate presents Cardiff-focussed World War One
History undergraduate presents Cardiff-focussed World War One

A current History undergraduate has presented his research on Cardiff during World War One made possible by a Cardiff University backed scheme



Micaela Sinibaldi
Exciting new project in Petra, Jordan, directed by Cardiff postgrad

Besides completing her thesis for submission, Archaeology PhD candidate Micaela Sinibaldi is also directing a new project funded by the Palestine Exploration Fund.


AHRC PhD Studentship Announcement: 'Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c.1100 – c.1750'

Exciting AHRC PhD studentship in Early Modern History on women and the law under the supervision of Dr Garthine Walker. The studentship is part of a four-year AHRC project, 'Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain & Ireland, c.1100-c.1750'. Closing date for applications: 31 October.


Dr Richard Marsden
Historian’s first book shortlisted in Scotland’s most prestigious literary award

The first book by a historian at Cardiff University has  been shortlisted in the prestigious Saltire Society Book of the Year Awards 2014 in its sister capital city.


Archaeologists have obtained the first accurate dates for prehistoric settlement on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, a landscape famed for its wildlife and for the survival of its ancient field systems, which are among the best preserved anywhere in Britain. Please click on link to blog:


Dr Toby Thacker
New book by Cardiff historian explores cultural influence on popular views of World War One

This latest work British Culture & the First World War: Experience, Representation and Memory by Cardiff Senior Lecturer in Modern European History Dr Toby Thacker explores how music, art and other forms of culture created from the time of the Great war have shaped views of the conflict.

Reaching new international audiences – world’s first ever comprehensive guide to Manichaeism goes Japanese

The first comprehensive introduction to Manichaeism aimed at the non-specialist and undergraduate reader Manichaeism: An Ancient Faith Rediscovered is now reaching new international markets following its translation into Japanese.


Cardiff Religious Studies researcher gets first article published
Cardiff postgraduate Susanna Towers, now in the second year of her PhD funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is delighted by the news that her first article has been approved by the prestigious journal Women in Judaism. Susanna's work on Philo is part of her ongoing project on Cosmology and Gender in Late Antique Manichaeism at Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

To read the article An Analysis of Philo's Exegesis of the Sotah Ritual, head to:


Christian-Buddhist Dialogue on Spiritual Exercise and Practical Wisdom in the 21st Century on 14 October,  St John’s College, University of Oxford, 14:00 to 17:30

The Dialogue will be co-hosted by the China Centre and the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Discussants include: Reverent Abbot Yongxin Shi of Shaolin Buddhism Temple in China, Professor Max Deeg (Professor of Buddhist Studies, Cardiff), Professor Alister McGrath (Oxford Centre for Science and Religion), and Cannon Brian Mountford (Vicar of Oxford University Church St Mary the Virgin).


A truly Welsh monarch? In the Western Mail Welsh History Month feature this month, King Henry VII is profiled as a central figure connecting Wales with the royal houses of England in a piece is written by Dr Lloyd Bowen, historian of 16th and 17th century Britain. Click here for Wales Online Article

Click here for more on Dr Bowen’s research 


Dr Hector Patmore from Religious Studies, Cardiff is giving a paper in the following conference


Samuel Hackett
2014 Cardiff graduate becomes youngest ordained Baptist Minister in England & Wales

2014 Religious Studies graduate Samuel Hackett has been successful in his appointment as Minister of Ruddington Baptist Church near Nottingham



God Horus as part bird part human
Ancient Egypt, Meteorites & first understanding of Iron: A Science in Culture Innovation Award explores meteorite iron in ancient Egypt

An innovative research project studying the influence of meteorite iron in ancient Egypt has been awarded a £62k AHRC Science in Culture Innovation Award



Caerau Big Lunch
Enjoy Big Lunch with neighbours past and present at Iron Age Caerau Hill fort this Saturday

A Big Lunch with free activities for all ages welcomes all to the Big Dig on Caerau hill fort this Saturday [19/7/14] as part of the CAER Heritage project, a community project co-led by Cardiff University and Action in Caerau and Ely [ACE].



Ever wanted an Insider view on Ramadan?

Find out more about Ramadan from the perspective of Cardiff University academics Dr Mansur Ali, Jameel lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, and Abdul-Azim Ahmed, a postgraduate student of religion and theology in an online interview.


World War One At Home ... Historian discusses events in South East Wales

SHARE Historian Dr Lesley Hulonce reveals more on #WWI At Home in a BBC Radio Wales programme: 'King’s Dock, Swansea: A Hotbed of Immorality' due to be aired on BBC Radio Wales [first broadcast 30 June 2014]

Listen again here:


Fullbright Students in Penarth on 22 June 2014
Fullbright Students Welcomed to Wales

Eight talented US students have been welcomed to Wales to study the nation’s culture, history, politics and landscape.



Aurochs, a now extinct breed of wild cattle
Hitler's Jurassic Monsters

Senior Lecture in Modern European history Dr Toby Thacker and Reader in Bio-archaeology Dr Jacqui Mulville of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion feature in the documentary, revealing the untold story of a Nazi vision which went far beyond the military conquest of European countries.



CAER Heritage Project
CAER Heritage Project in Wales shortlisted for UK-wide public engagement award

The CAER Heritage Project has just been announced as the overall winner of the NCCPE Awards, in addition to winner in the History and Heritage category at today's national awards at the National History Museum London.



Wierden friesland
Cardiff Professor opens international scholarly conference in Netherlands:


Across the North Sea: North Sea Connections from AD 400 into the Viking Age



Tribute to Dr Anthony Johnson, Cardiff historian


Dr Anthony Johnson, who worked in the History Department at Cardiff University for more than two decades before his retirement in the 1990s, died on 9 May.



Professor of Archaeology Alasdair Whittle
International Society honours distinguished Cardiff professor


The Prehistoric Society comes to the Welsh capital this month celebrating the achievements of Cardiff University archaeologist Professor Alasdair Whittle in the field of European prehistory with the prestigious Europa Conference.



Field of poppies

The Ideas of War, 1914 by Professor Hew Strachan
This lecture will address how World War I became driven by ideologies very quickly after its outbreak despite the commonalities of culture and even religion in Europe before it.


CAER Heritage Trails
Help make history


All welcome on new CAER Heritage Trails this Bank Holiday weekend culminating in Heritage Fair on Caerau hillfort



The Skomer Island Project team (L-R), Dr Oliver Davis (Cardiff University), Louise Barker (RCAHMW), Dr Bob Johnston (University of Sheffield), Dr Toby Driver (RCAHMW)
Magical Welsh Island's Past Revealed

Cardiff University Archaeology involved in First Modern Excavation on Skomer Island

Professor Peter Edbury

New York! New York! Eminent Cardiff Medievalist Emeritus Professor Peter Edbury gave a sparkling keynote lecture in New York last week.

The Center for Medieval Studies 2014 conference, “French of Outremer: Communities and Communications in the Crusading Mediterranean,” wrapped up its annual international conference on March 30 with highlights that included the keynote attended by medievalists including Head of History at Cardiff Professor Helen Nicholson. Peter is widely considered the world expert on French language texts from the Latin East. Medieval History is a strength at Cardiff, with world experts both teaching and researching. See

See Peter's lecture here:


Dr Padma Anagol
'Transnational Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; Britain and the wider world' to be held on Saturday 12 April 2014 in Cardiff, organised by Tim Jones (South Wales), Daniel Grey (Plymouth) and our own Padma Anagol.



Effigy above tomb of William Marshall
The Greatest Knight

Cardiff alumnus presents new BBC2 programme [26 March, 9pm]

Rendlesham find- Harness Mount
Long-lost Anglo-Saxon royal village discovered near Sutton Hoo

Archaeologists in Suffolk have found conclusive evidence of the long-lost Anglo-Saxon royal settlement whose people buried their kings at Sutton Hoo.

Muslims in Britain Faces
Cardiff Offers first Massive Open Online Course

Sign up for free 'Muslims in Britain' course



Heritage Hunters


Planned and run by undergraduates from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Heritage Hunters is a free drop-in event during half term for families with children.

The ability to milk animals was a revolution in food production as for the first time, humans did not have to kill animals to obtain food. However, it requires a high level of skill and knowledge, leading experts to think that dairy farming was introduced by experienced immigrants
From surf to turf


Archaeologists and chemists trace ancient British diets



Dr Toby Thacker

History of classic song with Welsh roots, Wales Today, BBC1 Wales
Cardiff modern historian Dr Toby Thacker and Professor Rachel Cowgill of Cardiff School of Music contributed to a story on the brothers behind World War One song Pack Up Your Troubles featured on Wales Today on 31 January.
The song started life as a throwaway music hall number but became one of the iconic songs of WWI. Composed by two brothers from Denbighshire, this coverage on BBC Wales’ flagship news programme and BBC online delved into its history, with interviews with Cardiff academics.

Take a look on BBC Wales News

The Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project

Exemplary access to national heritage - Assembly session commends CAER!

Eluned Parrott AM raised the work of CAER - Caerau and Ely Rediscovering Heritage Project run by Cardiff SHARE and the community of Ely and Caerau in partnership this week in a session discussing access to our Heritage at the Welsh Assembly Government.

She celebrates the importance of community involvement and not only access to significant sites.

See for yourself here

For more on CAER take a look


Cardiff Archaeology Vote project redating England
Cardiff Archaeology nominated for successive year in Current Archaeology Awards

'Redating Early England: Explaining the end of Early Anglo-Saxon funerary traditions' has been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category in the Archaeology Awards 2014.