The Social Worlds of Steel in Twentieth-Century Wales

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 15th October 2022

Time: 11:00

Venue: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Description: Steel was one of the success stories of the Welsh economy in the twentieth century. The industry employed more people than coal in Wales by the 1960s. Welsh steelworks were central to Britain's economic reconstruction after 1945 and to the consumer revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. But compared to coal, the social history of the industry in Wales is not well known. This talk will share some of the findings of a recent historical research project on steel which looks at the impact of the industry on peoples' lives, both inside and outside the steelworks gates. From housing, to roads, shopping and shift work, the steel industry created a new kind of industrial Wales, but also new experiences of deindustrialisation when the industry began to contract in the 1970s.

How to book: Booking in accordance with the museum's policy. Please see the branch website closer to the date.

Price: Free

Tel: 07971 665594



Organiser: HA, Swansea Branch

Lecturer: Professor Louise Miskell

Comments: Louise Miskell is a professor in the Department of History at Swansea where she teaches undergraduate modules on the modern history of Britain and of Wales and supervises postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level. Her research interests span the

Region: Wales

Branch: Swansea

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