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Dr David Wyatt

Dr David Wyatt

Reader in Early Medieval History, Civic Mission and Innovation Lead

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

+44 (0)29 2087 0404
5.41, John Percival Building


Research interests

  • Slavery in the societies of medieval Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia c. 800-1200 a.d.
  • The warrior fraternities of medieval Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia c. 800-1200 a.d.
  • Concepts of gender and power in early-medieval Britain.
  • 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

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.


I came to Cardiff University to study history and archaeology as a mature student during the mid-1990s. For a number of years, I co-ordinated a vibrant programme of open access adult education courses in history and archaeology at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I assumed the role of Lecturer and Community Engagement Co-ordinator in the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff in 2009 where I also teach and research. I specialise in the history of slavery and servitude in the societies of medieval Britain. I have published a number of articles on this topic and my recent book Slaves and Warriors in Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200 (2009) examines the extreme social and cultural significance of slavery for these societies. My research interests also include: Viking era settlement and society in the Irish Sea region, gender and power in early-medieval Britain and the Anti-Slavery movement in 19th Century Wales.

Education and qualifications

1998-2003, PhD in Medieval History, Cardiff University 'Slavery and culture in medieval Britain and Ireland : an alternative perspective of an enduring institution'

1997-1998, MA in Medieval British Studies with distinction, Cardiff University

1995-1997, BA Joint Honours in History & Archaeology, 1st Class, Cardiff University

Career overview

September 2009 to present day:

  • Lecturer in Early Medieval History, Community and Engagement
  • School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

November 2003 to August 2009:

  • Co-ordinating Lecturer in History & Archaeology.
  • Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University.

October 2006 to June 2009:

  • Associate Tutor, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

September 2005 to June 2006:

  • Professional Tutor in Medieval History, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

September 2004 to January 2005:

  • Associate Tutor, School of History, University of Nottingham

October 1999 to June 2005:

  • Associate Tutor, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

April 2003 to October 2003:

  • Researcher, Alumni division, Cardiff University.

July 1997 to April 2003:

  • Archaeological Supervisor/Analyst, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

August–September 2001:

  • Researcher HTV, Wales, 1985-1992
  • Reinsurance Supervisor, Mercantile and General Reinsurance Company Plc, Cheltenham.

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Successful grant applications secured

  • 2012 The CAER Heritage Project £25,000 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Heritage art, geophysical survey)

  • 2013 Pathway to the Past £9,638.00 (Heritage Lottery Fund), (Heritage mural and short trail)

  • 2013 Digging Caerau £89,578.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Community excavation and year of heritage initiatives)

  • 2013 HEART of Cardiff £31,511.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Co-design digital heritage trails and art across Ely and Caerau)

  • 2014 On Shared Ground (CAER) £39,476.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Collaborative film with communities in Ely, Sheffield and Aberdeen)

  • 2014 Digging communities £51,352.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Community excavation, co-produced heritage-art, films, performances)

  • 2015 Messages from Medieval Caerau £1,250.00 (Cardiff University), (Co-produced geophysical survey of medieval ringwork)

  • 2015 CAER HEDZ £9,990.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Co-produced animated film exploring value of Caerau’s heritage)

  • 2015 Romano-British £1,490.00 (Arts Council Wales), (co-produced heritage art installation with local schools)

  • 2016 CAER Young People Opportunity proj.  £24973.00 (RCUK Schools Partnership), (Providing heritage themed life opportunities for young people facing exclusion)

  • 2016 Dusty’s First World War Project £12,000.00 (AHRC WW1 Engagement), (Exploring WW1 origins of Ely’s garden village housing estate)

  • 2016 The Model Village Project £19,973.00 (AHRC Connected Communities), (Community excavation at deserted medieval village in Ely plus animated co-produced film

  • 2016    Trek to Connect  £5,000.00 (Cardiff University, City Region) (Create geocaching trails with communities in Ely/Caerau, Merthyr Tydfil and Buretown)

Awards won:

  • 2014 Cardiff Celebrating Excellence Award Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Engagement, 2014 (CAER Heritage)
  • 2014 NCCPE Engage Competition - overall winner (CAER Heritage)  https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/blog/engage-competition-2014-awards-ceremony
  • 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

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Public engagement ambassador, National Centre for the Coordination of Public Engagement
  • Fusion Pioneer Tackling Poverty through Heritage and Culture, Cardiff Region steering group













Year one

The module provides an introduction to the history of Europe during the Middle Ages.

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.

Year two

  • 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 three

  • HS1818 Slavery and Sin - Level 3 Module 30 Credits

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

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 website


CAER Heritage Project

CAER Heritage Project 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.

CAER Heritage Project website

CAER Heritage Project Facebook Page

CAER Heritage Project Youtube video

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.

SHARE with Schools Project website

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

National Centre for the Coordination of Public Engagement