Date: 4 May 2022
LocationTaliesin Create, Swansea University Singleton campus, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 8PZ 
Time: 12:00 - 19:30

As a part of its ongoing centenary celebrations, the Institute of Historical Research has teamed up with Swansea University to create a mini-conference for postgraduates and early career researchers: Public History and the Archive for the Next Century-  IHR@Swansea.  

An initial session will explain the resources and services that the IHR provides to the historical profession and tell researchers how to make the best use of the facilities and tools that it provides. The rest of the event will consist of expert panel discussions packed with advice on: Media engagement for historians; Recovering diverse stories from the archives; and Making Public History. The conference concludes with drinks and opportunities to meet the speakers.


The Day will be hybrid. An in person event at Taliesin Create and an online event for those who can't travel to be with us. Choose your mode when you book your tickets and send will be spent details.


12:00- Arrival and Welcome

  • Gareth Hallett Davis (Swansea)         
  • Claire Langhamer (IHR)
  • David Turner (Swansea)

12:15- Session 1: How the IHR can help PhDs / ECRs with your research

Claire Langhamer (IHR Director) introduces the resources and collections that can support your work

12:45- Lunch

Lunch break 12:45-13:30

13:30- Session 2: Media Engagement for Historians

This roundtable and Q&A session will examine how historians can share and apply their research their research in the media, develop and pitch ideas, and make sense of the industry landscape.

Chair: Martin Johnes (Swansea)

Panellists include:

  • Alex Langland (C5 Digging Up Britain’s Past  - Swansea)
  • Mari Hooson (Swansea University Press Office - University Liaison with The Conversation)
  • Tim Green (Hall of Mirrors TV - Executive and Director) 

15:00- Break

15 minute break

15:15- Session 3: Diversity in Libraries & Archives

This session will explore ways into using archives, using collections at Swansea (the Richard Burton Archive, South Wales Miners’ Library), the IHR, and Glamorgan Archives as starting-points. Case studies and discussion will examine ways of recovering diverse stories from the archive, and involving diverse communities in archival research.

Chair: Claire Langhamer (IHR)

Panellists include:

  • Richard Burton Archives Representative TBC
  • Argula Rublack (Librarian, Senate House)
  • Rhian Diggins (Glamorgan Archives)

16:45 Break

15 minute break

17:00- Session 4: Making Public History: Research, Creativity and Collaboration

What is public history, and what can it make happen? How might creative and experimental approaches, new media, and imaginative collaborations help us to make public history in new ways? How can historical research catalyse social and cultural transformation? This discussion will draw on innovative projects to explore ways of doing history which reach beyond the academy and re-shape our field. 

Chair: David Turner (Swansea)


  • Catherine Clarke (IHR)
  • Keith Lilley  Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Tracy Evans (Swansea) 
  • Helen Fulton (University of Bristol)

18:30- Drinks Reception

Drinks reception from 18:30-19:30