Professor Louise Miskell
Professor
History
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.

Publications

  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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Teaching

  • 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.

  • HI-M39 Research Folder

    This module is designed to help students to identify a dissertation topic appropriate to their interests and expertise, and to tackle the problems of methodology, develop the research techniques, and undertake the project planning which are the necessary preliminaries to researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.

  • HIH124 Modern British History

    This module explores the broad sweep of the history of the United Kingdom since its modern creation in 1801. It brings together different approaches from political, economic, social and cultural history to consider the different ways the history of a nation can be studied. At the module's heart are questions of what constitutes a nation and the extent to which British society can be considered to be unified.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Student Experience at Swansea University, 1920-1990. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
  • The Social and Economic Changes in the Pontardawe Area in the 19th and 20th Centruries with specific reference to the Lloyd and Gilbertson families. (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
  • x Modern Business Model of the Chickasaw Nation (no changes) (current)

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

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

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Parry
  • Correcting Vision in Nineteenth Century Britain (awarded 2019)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Leighton James