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The Poor Hands of Bert Coombes

On BBC Radio Wales' Arts Show on 5/12/12 at 18.30, Peter Stead looks at the social and political legacy of miner Bert Coombes' autobiography. Leading expert in Welsh History in SHARE Professor Bill Jones joins to add to the debate, drawing from his published work about this key figure.

[repeated 7/12/12 at 0530] on iPlayer for one week

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Joanne Wesley Williams

Exploring the Past for a better future

Exploring the Past, a unique access route to higher education at Cardiff University, has this year helped another seven local adult learners to transform their lives and progress onto a degree scheme.


Dr Peter Guest on site at the excavations in Caerleon

Who do you think you are?

In a public lecture at the University, Dr Peter Guest, of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion will present some of the fascinating new results from his excavations on the site of the Roman fortress at Caerleon, before exploring how history and archaeology have been used, and misused, to create the heroes and villains we know so well.

Starts at 6.30pm on Thursday 29th November and takes place in the Julian Hodge Building



Cardiff Early Sanskrit Literature expert Dr Simon Brodbeck joins Melvyn Bragg and fellow guests on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time to discuss the Upanishads this Thursday, 8 November [9am].

Always a great listen, find out more about the ancient sacred texts of Hinduism. Composed over seven centuries by a variety of authors, the Upanishads were the starting point for the Hindu school of philosophy knows as Vedanta.

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In Our time

Cardiff Ancient warfare expert Dr Louis Rawlings joins Melvyn Bragg and fellow guests on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time to discuss the life and achievements of Hannibal next Thursday, 11 October [9am].

Always a great listen, find out more about one of the most celebrated military leaders in history. Hannibal was an inspirational Carthaginian general who led an entire army across the Alps in order to attack the Roman Republic....

In Our Time is available on BBC IPlayer after each episode.

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Nerys Rudder

New SHARE MSc Conservation Practice student Nerys Rudder from Barbados has won this year’s top Cardiff University International Scholarship Fund in the first year of these new awards.
Nerys accepted the award from Cardiff University Pro Vice-Chancellor [International, Innovation, Engagement] Prof Hywel Thomas at a special reception on 2 October in Main College.

Congratulations to Nerys!

Her award funds full tuition fees for one year of study, plus maintenance grant of £10,000.

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In Our time

History of Ideas

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas - including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture. 

Catch In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, Thurs 20 September. 

Cardiff Professor of Archaeology Miranda Aldhouse-Green joins the panel discussing the history of ideas, chaired by Melvyn Bragg. This programme centres on 'Druids' and is scheduled to air live on Thursday 20 September. Miranda's research interests are Iron Age and Roman period ritual and religion. Her latest book was 'Caesar’s Druids'. Other recent books include 'Boudica Britannia' and 'An Archaeology of Images. Iconology and Cosmology in Iron Age and Roman Europe'. 

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Dr Padma Anagol

BBC Radio 4 – Beyond Belief Monday 10 September at 4.30pm.
Senior lecturer in History at Cardiff Dr Padma Anagol joins fellow academics and presenter Ernie Rea on BBC Radio 4's Beyond Belief.The story of Ram and Sita – told in the Hindu epic, the Ramavan – is known to every Hindu and – more indirectly to the millions who have seen the film Slumdog Millionaire.
There are around a million Hindus living in Britain and they take many of their values from the story of Ram. But are some of those values demeaning to women? There are many gods and goddesses in Hinduism but do they provide good role models for modern women? What does Hinduism teach about how women are supposed to live their lives?
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Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones[Storyville on BBC Four]
Catch it on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 9pm.

Cardiff lecturer in Modern European History Dr Toby Thacker has contributed to this new programme on BBC Four.

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Storyville: an investigation into who killed Welsh journalist Gareth Jones.

Jones's greatest scoop was to reveal the starvation to death of millions in 1930s Ukraine, caused by Stalin's policies. A portrait emerges of a fiercely bright young man who preferred a journalist's life of courage and danger which took him from smalltown Wales to even hitching a lift in Hitler's private jet. However, in a 1930s world of competing ideologies, there existed a fine line between journalism and spying. This film explores to what extent this dual role, and taking on Stalin, may have contributed to his early death on the plains of Mongolia

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Dr Toby Thacker

BBC Radio Wales, 'Something Else', Sunday 1 July 2012

Modern historian Dr Toby Thacker comments on knowledge of key British moments in World War II and current surveys suggesting today's school pupils know less about their country's recent history.

The item appears about 13 minutes into this one hour BBC Radio Wales programme looking at stories in the newspapers in the past week.

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Heroes and Villains of Wales

Making Hay
Heroes and Villains of Wales, ed. H. Bowen (Gomer, 2012)

Dr Richard Marsden, Exploring the Past co-ordinator and SHARE alumnus, will be talking about appearing at the forthcoming Hay Festival on Saturday 2 June, and his part in the new book: Heroes and Villains of Wales to be launched at the festival, on the Roy Noble Show on BBC Radio Wales next Wednesday, 30 May at 2pm.

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Join the Science and Humanities debate!
Dr John Robb [Cambridge, keynote speaker] is to speak on The Future Neolithic: Science and the Humanities at 5.10 pm on Monday 14 May at the opening of Early Farmers: the view from Archaeology and Science, a major international conference, organised by the Department of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff University, and generously supported by the British Academy. 



Centenary of the Titanic disaster
Hear Cardiff’s Dr Bill Jones talk about European emigrants on the ship and especially about the Welsh migrants on board. Catch him on BBC Radio Cymru Friday 6 April 12.30 ( repeat Sunday 8 April 1.30).


Mark Baker

ITV Wales this Week: Grand Declines
Cardiff postgraduate Mark Baker has contributed to this week’s Wales This Week programme on ITV Wales,  Grand Declines: Wales’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Catch it at 7.30pm, Tuesday 3rd April on ITV 1 Wales and at 8.30pm on the ITV + 1 Service in Wales. An article about the programme will also be made available on the day of transmission through the following website