College of Arts and Humanities Student has Overwhelming Response to her Class on Victorian Swansea

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Lesley Hulonce, a third-year PhD student from the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University, has used her extensive research on children and the poor laws in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Swansea to teach a module for the University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education  entitled ‘Victorian Swansea: Paupers, Prostitutes and Philanthropists’.

The course was so oversubscribed and successful that an additional class had to be arranged and Lesley has staged a subsequent exhibition of her students’ research in Swansea Central Library during Adult Learners Week.

Lesley Hulonce exhibition

The ‘Everyone’s a Historian’ exhibition, which was funded by the College of Arts and Humanities, showcased wide-ranging research. Topics included the Victorian ‘linguistic cleansing’ of Hafod’s school children, Swansea’s Women’s Movement in the 1970s and 80s, numerous ‘lost’ nineteenth-century drawings of Swansea, the duties of a charwoman in Swansea Museum and the Uplands house in which Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim.


Lesley mounted the exhibition because of the extensive and ongoing exchange of knowledge between the whole class.

Lesley said, “The students were all so learning-driven, I felt that a poster exhibition of their research interests would not only thank them for their wonderful input into my classes, but would also engage with the wider community and inspire others to undertake and present their own historical research.”