Research in Classics

Staff in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology are actively engaged with public history and heritage agendas, working with the National Museums and Galleries Wales, Cadw, Hereford Cathedral, and the Gwent Glamorgan Archaeological Trust, for example. KYKNOS is the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World. It stimulates, co-ordinates and promotes research on the historiography and narrative literatures of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East. There are also close links with the Egypt Centre, a unique resource which houses thousands of archaeological objects, constituting one of the largest collections of Egyptian material culture in the UK and the largest in Wales. 

Staff in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology are involved in a number of Research Groups including:

Key Research Groups

MEMO: Medieval and Early Modern

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) was established in 2006 to provide researchers in the history, literature and languages of the medieval past with a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, a multidisciplinary organisation at the heart of its members' intersecting interests. It extends beyond Swansea, running regular research seminars via video with Bangor, Aberystwyth and Cardiff universities, and MEMO organises an annual Symposium by the Sea. Read more >>>

Health, History and Culture

The Research Group for Health, History and Culture was established in 2010 as a joint initiative between the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea. It brings together faculty, research fellows, post-doctoral and post-graduate researchers from Swansea and other British universities to investigate healthcare issues from medieval to modern times. It has been particularly successful in making an impact and winning funding for the history of disability.  See also Disfigurement

Richard Burton Centre for Wales

The Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales was established in 2009 to support research in matters Welsh by facilitating the creation and development of synergies between disciplines in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea. It responds to the Welsh Assembly Government's priorities for the commemoration of major national events, English-language literary heritage, and the national built heritage, and it provides seminars and policy briefings for WAG members and others. Read more >>>

Conflict and Commemoration

The Conflict and Commemoration Group was founded in 2010 as distinct from the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict in order to support the many scholars at Swansea who are interested in the history, impact and remembrance of violence and war, from ancient to modern times. The focus ranges from antiquity to the contemporary world, sometimes at one and the same time, for example in advising current governments on the protection of old sites in active war zones.

Major Research Projects

Welsh Copper

By 1851 Wales had become the world’s first industrial nation, and the copper industry was at its heart. In September 2010 Swansea University and its partners embarked on the ESRC-funded project History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration: The Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper. Read more about the Cu @ Swansea project >>> or visit:

Disability and industrial society

The Disability and Industrial Society project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is a collaborative project which looks at industrial injuries and diseases in three British coalfields between 1780 and 1948.

One in five people in Britain are disabled. Their lives today are affected by what happened in the past and the Industrial Revolution played an important part in shaping these experiences.

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Ancient Egyptian Demonology

This Leverhulme Trust funded project examines demons from 2nd millennium BCE Egypt (Middle to New Kingdoms). The specific aims of this project are to create a data-driven classification of Ancient Egyptian demons and related paraphernalia from the second millennium BCE, read more >>> or visit

Making war, Mapping Europe

Militarized cultural encounters between British, French and German armies in the long Nineteenth century, and their impacts on mass perceptions of the self and others, are the focus of this HERA-funded international project between the universities of Swansea, Berlin (Freie), Trinity College Dublin, and York. Read more >>>

Culture in conflict

Syrian soldiers, ancient bust

Nigel Pollard is working on the protection, damage and reception of archaeological sites and monuments in the Second World War and more recent conflicts.

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