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BA, MA (Balliol Coll, Oxford University)
MScEcon (LSE, Univ of London)
MA (Univ of Chicago)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.)


I joined the University of Glamorgan in July 2001 from the Department of History and Welsh History at the University of Wales Aberystwyth where I held a Personal Chair and taught early modern European history through the medium of English and Welsh. At Glamorgan I was Director of the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales 2004-9 and am now Emeritus Professor in the Division of History in the Faculty of Business and Society, formerly the School of Humanities and Social Science


Lecturer (1970-85), Senior Lecturer (1985-1995), Reader (1995-1999), Professor(1999-2001), Department of History, Aberystwyth University.
Professor of History, Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales(2001-11) University of Glamorgan.
Emeritus Professor 2011-
Wide experience across many UK-wide universities as assessor and external examiner at undergraduate and postgraduate level, director of studies at masters and doctoral level.
I have presented papers at several universities in Europe and USA inc European University Florence and Harvard University
For public engagement and media activities see below.




Fields of Praise: the official history of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1980).Co-authored with Dai Smith. Welsh Arts Council Literature Prize 1981

George Ewart Evans (Writers of Wales series, Cardiff : UWP,1991)

Yr Ymgiprys am y Gogledd (Caerdydd: GPC,1985)
1905 And All That: Essays on Sport and Welsh Society (Llandysul: Gomer, 1991)

Valleys of Song: Music and Welsh Society 1840–1914 (Cardiff:UWP,1998, rev.ed. 2003)

Co-edited with Huw Richards and Peter Stead, and contributor, Heart and Soul – the character of Welsh Rugby (Cardiff: UWP,1998);

Co-edited as above and contributor, More Heart and Soul (Cardiff, UWP, 1999)

Sport: an anthology (Parthian/Library of Wales, 2007)

Co- edited with Peter Stead, and contributor, Wales and its Boxers – the Fighting Tradition (Cardiff, UWP 2008)

The First XV: a selection of the best rugby writing (Parthian, 2011)

The Great Crowd Roars: a selection of the best Welsh football writing (Parthian, 2012)

Articles and chapters (since 2001):
˜The Choir: Cor Meibion Treorci’ in (eds.) T.Herbert and P.Stead, Hymns and Arias: Great Welsh Voices (Cardiff:UWP, 2001) 147-165

˜Popular Culture and the Historians’in (eds.) P. Lambert and P. Schofield, Making History (London: Routledge, 2004) 257-68

“’How’s the tenors in Dowlais?” The Choral Culture of the South Wales coalfield c.1880-1930’ Transactions of the Hon. Society of Cymmrodorion, vol.11, 2005, 170-188

˜ “Pob Nodyn fel Perlyn Pur”: agweddau ar ddiwylliant corawl cymoedd y De, gyda golwg ar ardaloedd diwydiannol Gwent 1850-1914’ (with English synopsis, ’How’s the tenors in Tredegar?

Aspects of the choral culture of industrial Monmouthshire 1850-1914’ Welsh History Review, vol. 22 no. 4, Dec. 2005, 705-29

‘Citadel of Song: Merthyr’s choral culture 1870-1970’, Merthyr Historian vol 20, 2009 61-76

˜Samson in Senghennydd; rough music and rough play in Wales 1880-1914’, International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, vol.5, no. 2, 2009, 83-99

‘Popular Culture, Leisure and Recreation’ in (eds.) Chris Williams and Sian Rhiannon Willams, Gwent County History, Vol. IV: Industrial Monmouthshire 1780-1914 ( 2011), 226-251

Entries in:
Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig 1950-1970 [Dictionary of Welsh Biography] (London, 1997)
The Encyclopaedia of British Sport (ABC-Clio, 2000)
Entries in Dictionary of Welsh Biography 1950-1970 (London, 2001)
The Academi Encyclopaedia of Wales/Gwyddionadur Cymru (UWP forthcoming) 2008
Encyclopaedia of Celtic Literature and History (ABC-CLIO 2005).
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (OUP, 2004-)


Royal Historical Society
Welsh Music Guild
British Society of Sports History
Glamorgan County History Trust


Keynote lectures since 2004:
’ “How’s the tenors in Dowlais?”H’onourable Society of Cymmrodorion, British Academy, London, Oct. 2004.

˜Aspects of the Welsh choral tradition’, Inaugural Lecture of Welsh Music Guild, Cardiff University, May 2005.

Rugby, Empire and Commonwealth conference , Museum of Rugby, Twickenham, Sept 2005.

Historians on Sport conference, De Montfort University, Oct. 2005

Wales and the Empire 1700-1950 symposium, Aberystwyth University, Sept 2007

‘Les territoires du rugby: une histoire mondiale’ Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, October 2007

Welsh Festival of North America, Orlando, Florida , Sept. 2005, Sept. 2008.

˜Last Judgment in Treherbert: revisiting the land of song c.1870-1930’, Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies in conjunction with the National History Museum, November 2009

‘Fighting Choirs – choral singing in Wales and the emergence of a tradition c.1860-1920’, Choral Societies and Nationalist Mobilisation in 19th century Europe, NISE/SPIN Workshop,Koninklijk Conservatorium, Antwerp, February 2011

‘Cythraul y Canu yn Oes Aur y Corau Mawr’ Darlith Goffa Hywel Teifi Edwards, Eisteddfod Genedaethol Bro Morgannwg, Awst 2012


Editorial Board, Welsh History Review 2010-
Editorial Board, The Sports Historian 1994-
Executive Committee, Welsh Music Guild 2002-
General Editor Tempus History of Wales (Stroud:Tempus) 2002-8
Trustee, Glamorgan County History Trust 2003-


Research Interests:
I have a wide-ranging interest in the social creativity of the inarticulate, especially in collective cultural practices and beliefs in Wales and England post-1850, the notion of ‘traditional society’, and the impact of industrialisation. My specific research has focused on the social history of sport, especially rugby and boxing, and the Welsh choral tradition.
On-going research: popular culture in Wales since 1800.

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