Professor Louise Miskell
Telephone: (01792) 295777
Room: Office - 109
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

am a historian of towns and industries in modern Britain with particular interests in the development of the copper and steel industries and their related communities in Wales. My publications include a number of books and journal articles on the Swansea copper industry and its international connections, on cultural life in industrial towns and on the Steel Company of Wales. My most recent research project, ‘The Social Worlds of Steel’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examines the impact of steel industry expansion on urban Wales in the twentieth century.


  1. Miskell, L. Doing it for themselves: The Steel Company of Wales and the study of American Industrial Productivity, 1945-1955 Enterprise and Society
  2. Miskell, L. From Copperopolis to Coquimbo: international knowledge networks in the copper industry of the 1820s Welsh History Review 27 1 92 111
  3. Miskell, L. New Perspectives on Welsh Industrial History (Ed.), Cardiff University of Wales Press
  4. Miskell, L. Intelligent Town. An Urban History of Swansea, 1780-1855 Cardiff University of Wales Press
  5. Miskell, L. Meeting Places: scientific congresses and urban identity in Victorian Britain Farnham Ashgate

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  • HI-M22 Dissertation

    Students produce a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a historical topic, chosen in conjunction with their supervisor. This represents the culmination of the History MAs, and constitutes Part Two of the programme.

  • HIH253 The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947

    This survey of modern Welsh history from the 1847 report on the state of education in Wales, to the social reforms of the Attlee government at the end of the Second World War, traces the emergence of Welsh identity through key developments such as temperance and the Sunday Closing Act, religion and the disestablishment of the church and the emergence of Welsh national institutions. It considers how Welshness adapted to and intersected with other loyalties, defined by race, gender, class and empire, and it deals with the changing social and cultural scene which saw anglicizing influences alter demographic and linguistic patterns in Wales.

  • HIHD00 Heritage Dissertation (Practice-Based)

    This module affords students the opportunity to complete their MA in Heritage by undertaking a practical heritage project. The project, worth 67% of the marks, may be undertaken independently, or via a placement with a heritage project or organisation. It will be accompanied by a reflective commentary worth 33% of the marks.

  • HIHD01 Heritage Dissertation (Written)

    Students produce a dissertation on a heritage topic, chosen and developed in conjunction with their supervisor in line with the standard College MA requirements.

  • HIHM04 Heritage Work Placement

    This module enables students to gain practical experience of working with a heritage organisation or project in a graduate-level role. Placements may involve the acquisition of skills in museum work, community projects, heritage interpretation and policy (but are not restricted to these areas). Group discussion and individual tutorials will support students in preparing an extended essay reflecting on their work experience in the context of literature on heritage and public history.


  • x Modern Business Model of the Chickasaw Nation (no changes) (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Johnes
  • Student Life at Swansea University, 1920-1990. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
  • 'Landscapes of the Bristol Channel: Changing Perceptions of Time and Space in a Maritime Region, c.1780-1914' (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Johnes
  • Ambition, Influence and Urbanisation in a Small Town: Aberavon 1830 – 1921 (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Johnes
  • Edward King Gaylord: Power and Influence (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Johnes
  • The League of Nations in Wales, c. 1918-1939. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
  • Correcting Vision in Nineteenth Century Britain (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Turner
  • The campaign for the disestablishment of the Welsh Anglican Church: A study in political intrigue and poplular frustration«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /» (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Parry
  • From a Copper Workers' Village to an Industrial Suburb: An Examination of a Welsh Industrial Workers' Settlement 1809-1914«br /»«br /» (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Leighton James