Welsh History Month, run by WalesOnline in association with Cadw are running articles by a host of leading Welsh historians and academics, with each exploring a single question: what is the most significant object in the history of Wales?
As the Western Mail begins its fourth ‘Welsh History Month’ in conjunction with History Research Wales, the subject/theme this year will be ‘Objects in Welsh History’, following on from ‘Myths and Realities’ (2010), ‘Heroes and Villains’ (2011), and ‘Places in Welsh History’ (2012). Each day throughout the month there have been essays written by a historian in a Welsh university, who uses an object to discuss a theme and present his or her research to a public audience in the newspaper or online at www.walesonline.co.uk Companion pieces have been written by colleagues in Cadw and National Museum Wales.
Six of the essays have been written by researchers from the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University:
- Dr Evelien Bracke - Is the Welsh Dragon the most important object in Welsh history?
- Professor Mark Humphries - Is a Roman milestone the most important object in Welsh history?
- Dr Rhianydd Biebrach – The Tomb of David Mathew
- Dr Gethin Matthews – Benjamin's Bible
- Lesley Hulonce – Gruelling conditions for paupers in Welsh history
- Professor Chris Williams – Corris Roadside Memorial
Click on the names above to read their article.
At the Hay Festival on Saturday 25 May (16.00) there will be a launch of the third series of the essays, published by Gwasg Gomer. On the Digital Stage will be a discussion of the most important place in Welsh History and the Panel includes Leighton Andrews AM, the Minister for Education and Skills. Martin Johnes will be making the case for the M4. To purchase tickets for this event see: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-5805-huw-bowen-martin-johnes-chris-evans-madeleine-gray-paul-oleary-helen-nicholson-ceri-gould-and-leighton-andrews.aspx
- Monday 20 May 2013 14.39 BST
- Monday 20 May 2013 14.51 BST
- RIAH, Swansea University