The Swansea Branch’s

Courses in the Community









The Outreach Courses Group has arranged for new history courses to begin in October 2018


The Early Crusades

Colin Wheldon James

Mondays (10.30am–12.30pm) from 1 October 2018 for 10 weeks at Canolfan y Bont, Pontardulais, Swansea

This course will study the early Crusades: the First, which was the only really successful Crusade and which established the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem; the Second, which ended in fiasco and made enemies out of allies; and the Third, which involved the larger-than-life characters of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. The course will initially examine the reasons for the call to crusade in 1095, after which the events of the relevant Crusades will be studied together with a consideration of the religious, political and moral influences involved.


The 1920s: The Jazz Age, Revolutions and Flappers

Dr Anthea Symonds

Mondays (2.00pm–4.00pm) from 1 October 2018 for 10 weeks at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

This course looks at the post-war world in Britain, Europe, USA and the Soviet Union. The end of the First World War ushered in a period of great change and trauma throughout the world. It saw the end of many European monarchies, great changes in the status and lives of women especially in the USA and Europe. Demands for more social equality swept through Europe. As well as sexual and political revolutions there were revolutions in literature and art; in popular culture, too, the cinema transformed ideas and cultures. The decade divided societies into warring camps: those who wished to ‘go back’ to the pre-war world and those determined to build a new one.


The Lordship of Gower: Churches, Parishes and Estates

Jeff Childs

Tuesdays (10.30am–12.30pm) from 2 October 2018 for 10 weeks at Llangyfelach Church Hall, Llangyfelach, Swansea

This is an opportunity to enjoy a ten-week course exploring: pre-Norman Gower; the coming of the Normans; the establishment of the marcher lordship of Gower; the nature of the lordship; manors; parishes; castles; churches; landowners and their estates.


The Stuarts and Conflict in the British Isles, 1637–1660

Richard Lewis

Wednesdays (6.30–8.30pm) from 3 October 2018 for 10 weeks at Forge Fach, Clydach

The British Civil Wars have never ceased to fascinate. Was the struggle in essence over religion, over law, over politics or over constitutional developments?  Were the causes primarily social and economic or are they to be found in the conflict of principles or the clash of personalities? This was a period which saw the execution of the king’s chief minister and of the archbishop of Canterbury; it saw the country ravaged by two civil wars. The king himself was tried and found guilty of treason. The monarchy and House of Lords were abolished and the Commons had to give way to a military dictatorship. Was Charles I truly ‘that man of blood?’ How much was he to blame for the dramatic events that were to unfold in the period 1637–1649? This was a time of larger than life characters, no more so than Oliver Cromwell. Was he a great man? Was his reputation well deserved? The legacy of this astonishing period is still with us today.


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