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 Nick Alderton

Nick Alderton

Myfyriwr ymchwil, History, Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

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My previous research has focussed on Welsh nationalist politics, namely Plaid Cymru and the Free Wales Army.

Recently, I have been a tutor for the Modern Wales seminar series; I have presented a paper to the Political Studies Association 65th International Conference in Sheffield, titled 'The Formation of the Welsh Liberal Party, 1966-67 and I have chaired a panel at the same conference. I have also presented a paper at the 4th annual Cardiff Welsh History Postgraduate Research Symposium, entitled 'The Welsh Liberals 1918-64.'

I have also participated in the ISolve programme, looking to market a piece of Cardiff University software.

Academic history

  • 2006-2008 – MA Researching Wales, W.I.S.C.A Bangor University. Thesis title: Referendum and Transition: Plaid Cymru from 1979 to 1987.
  • 2003-2006 – BA (Hon's) History, University of Wales, Bangor. Dissertation title: The Portrayal of the Free Wales Army in the British and Welsh Press.

Diddordebau ymchwil

Welsh History

Having studied the subject at Bangor and Cardiff, I have gained an understanding of a culture and history that I had been ignorant of. Although, I am primarily interested in twentieth century Welsh political history, I have taught nineteenth century Welsh history and my PhD touches on some facets of late nineteenth century Wales.


One of the areas that I find particularly interesting about Welsh history is the journey that Wales has taken towards self-government and asserting its right to exist as a nation. Aspects of my work have incorporated the 1979 Devolution Referendum and why it initially failed. I would like to continue my work and expand it further.

Welsh Politics

Primarily, my work has focused on Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Party. I enjoy finding out about the internal workings of a political party, how national events can shape their structure and affect the country.I would like to continue my work with both parties and to widen it to some further studies on Liberalism and Welsh Nationalism in general.


I have taught the following first & second year undergraduate modules:

  • Modern Wales between 2014 and 2017
  • Making of the Modern world in 2015/16
  • Approaches to History in 2015/16

Traethawd ymchwil

Liberal Party in Wales 1966-1988

My thesis will look at the Welsh Liberal Party from its inception in 1966 until the amalgamation with the Social Democratic Party in 1988. My thesis will look to not only provide a history of the party during these years, but will also seek to understand why the Welsh Liberals did not enjoy the type of revival that the Liberal Party saw in other parts of Britain. Having said that, the thesis will look to dispel some of the myths around the party, most importantly that the Liberals experienced a ‘slow death’ in Wales. I intend to show that the Liberals have always enjoyed a solid base of support in the principality and built on that during this period. It will also examine the relationship between the Liberals and the other political parties within Wales. The policy process of the Welsh Liberals and its relationship to the main Liberal Party will be examined.

Star Date: April 2012

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Clare Griffiths

Yr Athro Clare Griffiths

Professor of Modern History

Yr Athro Pete Dorey

Professor of British Politics

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