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The Swansea Branch’s
The Normans in Europe: A Story of Dukes and Kings
Colin Wheldon James & Peter Rees
Monday mornings from 8 January 2018 at Canolfan y Bont, Pontardulais
This course will form an introduction to the Normans, whose impact on medieval Europe was influential and extensive. It will trace the founding of the duchy of Normandy early in the tenth century, and will consider the Norman character through warfare, intellect and culture. It will consider the cause of the Norman invasion of England, having regard to the main characters involved, and the consequences of the Norman Conquest, including William the Conqueror’s consolidation of power following his victory, and how the Normans changed the cultural and administrative identity of the country. Also examined will be the Norman identity in southern Europe with particular reference to the challenge to the might of both Byzantium and Islam, culminating in the establishment of the kingdom of Sicily. Consideration will be given to the character of the Kingdom of Sicily and southern Italy after the conquest by the Normans, including the metamorphosis of the Byzantine and Islamic cultures involved.
The 1960s: Revolution!
Dr Anthea Symonds
Monday afternoons from 8 January at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
In Britain and Europe a new spirit of change and questioning led many to espouse revolutionary ideas of social, cultural and political change. From the Beatles to the Paris uprisings, from the Freedom Rides in America to revolution in Cuba, new heroes emerged. But this cultural and social upheaval in social class, racial identity, post-
A History of Llangyfelach Parish from Antiquity to Modern Times
Tuesday mornings from 9 January 2018 at Morriston Library
This course will examine key aspects of the ecclesiastical parish of Llangyfelach’s rich history from antiquity to modern times.
Radical Change: Art and Artists in Wales and England, 1870s–1950s
Tuesday afternoons from 9 January 2018 at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
This course will appraise the changing movements in art in Wales and England in the late-
The Rise and Fall of Liberal Government in the UK, 1860s–1920s
Wednesday evenings at Forge Fach Community Centre, Clydach
This course will examine a period of dramatic, far reaching change. This was the age of colourful figures such as Gladstone, Disraeli, Joe Chamberlain, Emmeline Pankhurst, Parnell, Salisbury, Balfour, Kier Hardie, Ramsay MacDonald, Randolph Churchill, Asquith, Lloyd George and many more. This era saw vital developments in this country’s evolution.