About the project
Swansea University celebrates its centenary year in 2020. In the build-up to this, a history of the University is being researched and written. This project is led by Dr Sam Blaxland, who is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of History.
When the University College of Wales, Swansea opened its doors in 1920 less than one hundred students were on roll. Now, the institution is a multi-campus thriving University where thousands study and work. This process of change covers many fascinating areas and time periods of history, and Sam is seeking to explore this.
His work involves two big areas of research. Firstly, he is conducting an ambitious oral history project that aims to engage with as wide a variety of people as possible connected to the University. The aim is to gather interviews with people from all walks of the University's life. Their memories and 'spoken testimonies' will form an oral history archive cared for and overseen by the University's archivists, and will be available for research purposes.
On the other hand, Sam will be utilising the more traditional but excellent collection of material based in the University's Archive to research the history. Both these areas of research form the basis of a book that Sam will produce about the University to mark its one hundredth year.
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If you would like any information on this project, if you would like to participate in an oral history interview, or if you have material you think might be of interest, Dr Sam Blaxland would be delighted to hear from you.
Phone: 01792 513219
Address: Department of History, James Callaghan Building, Swansea University Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP.