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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.



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.