I am a Post-doctoral Fellow and Tutor in History. Since 2017, I have and writing a book on Swansea University's history to mark its forthcoming centenary in 2020. In conjunction with more traditional forms of research, this involves co-ordinating and undertaking a large oral history project as well as speaking to various groups and societies from the local community and the wider region. I also lecture and tutor on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the department, concentrating generally on the politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and, in particular, the politics, society and culture of post-1945 Britain.

I was born and raised in Pembrokeshire, and studied my BA and MA degrees in History at Cardiff University. I came to Swansea University in 2013 to research and write a Ph.D. thesis on the Conservative Party in Wales, 1945-1997, which was fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and much of the research for which was conducted in Oxford and in local record offices across the country. I have written several academic, newspaper and think-tank articles based on this work and I am also a regular contributor to the Welsh and British broadcast media on the subjects of historic and contemporary politics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Britain since 1945
  • British politics since 1945
  • The history of the Conservative Party
  • Wales since 1945
  • Universities since 1945
  • Oral history

Publications

  1. Women in the organisation of the Conservative Party in Wales, 1945–1979. Women's History Review, 1-21.

Teaching

  • HI-M01 Historical Methods and Approaches

    This module provides training in advanced historical research. It is designed to introduce students to methods of historical investigation, writing, and presentation, and to important historical resources (including archives, collections of sources, and museums). Attention will be given to the use of IT in historical work work as well as more traditional paper-based methods.

  • 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.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIH3361 Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.

    Between 1000-1200 AD, England was ruled by two Danish Kings (Cnut, 1016-35; Harold, 1035-40) a king whose father was Danish and his mother Norman (Harthacnut, 1040-42) an English king who had spent the first half of his life in Normandy (Edward, 1042-66) followed by a dynasty whose roots were fully Norman, and progressively tied to the conquest and colonisation of regions in France, Ireland and the remainder of the British Isles. This module will explore Britain¿s place in its European landscape during the period c.1000-1200 AD. It will consider a range of interactions between Britain and Europe, including conquest, colonisation, diplomacy, church networks and trade. A diverse variety of sources will inform debates, including written accounts, archaeological evidence, visual-artistic sources such as sculpture, architecture and the Bayeux Tapestry, and, uniquely at this level, digitised medieval manuscript sources. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with a rich historiography which, although traditionally emphasising differences between Britain and the Continent in this period, is now turning rapidly to highlight Britain¿s numerous close and long-standing relationships with European neighbours across this period.