Public Lecture - 'Secrecy, Openness and Writing the History of One’s Own Times'

Eminent historian Lord Hennessy to deliver lecture commemorating 40th anniversary of South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University on 9 May 2014.

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Lord Hennessy - 9 May

Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield, the Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, will expand on his many years of work in journalism and academia uncovering the hidden secrets of the constitution and the machinery of the British government at a public lecture at Swansea University, chaired by the Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Davies.

All historians rely heavily on access to archives.  Government decisions on openness or otherwise are therefore critical in our understanding of the past and indeed the present. Lord Hennessy will explore these and other issues facing today’s historians.

Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis, who is also an Honorary Professor at Swansea University, said,

'This is the first time that the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History, which I chair, has held an event outside Parliament, and I am pleased it will coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations of the South Wales Miners’ Library. 

As a young journalist, Lord Hennessy wrote a very incisive article for the Times Higher Education Supplement about the major research project which established the Library in 1973.' 

Professor John Spurr, Head of the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, added,

'Lord Hennessy is one of Britain’s leading modern historians and we are delighted to welcome him to Swansea University for what promises to be a fascinating lecture.'

This public lecture, convened by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History in association with the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University and Llafur, the Welsh People’s History Society, is open to all and will take place at the Wallace Building, Singleton Campus, Swansea University on Friday, 9th May at 4.30 pm.