welsh history

Historygram – The Best Instagram Accounts for Welsh History

Lockdown has been a great opportunity to revisit some of the old features on the Hisdoryan blog. While reviewing my old Historygram posts, I was shocked to discover I hadn’t written about the great Welsh history Instagram accounts out there. So if you fancy touring historical Wales through the medium of social media during lockdown, follow…

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Chirk Castle – An Underrated Gem

Chirk Castle isn’t your ordinary Welsh castle. In the late 13th Century Edward I started building many castles in North Wales to consolidate his conquest. Today most of them are empty shells, where you have to use your imagination to conjure up the furniture and people that once filled the walls. But not Chirk. Chirk…

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Review: Women’s Suffrage in Wales by Lisa Tippings

The stars have aligned on the Hisdoryan blog. It’s officially Women’s History Month. It’s also Welsh History Month on the blog. And I’ve just finished reading Women’s Suffrage in Wales by Lisa Tipping. The timing is perfect for a review. I’ve always been into Women’s History, and I’m so glad the field of study is…

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10 Welsh Women That Changed The World

If you live in Wales you cannot have missed the fact that this past week the BBC have (quite rightly) been celebrating Hidden Heroines – the monumental Welsh women largely forgotten to history whose incredible achievements helped shape modern Wales. There is a reason for this celebration. There is currently no outdoor statue of a…

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My Top 8 Welsh Churches

Wales is a country full of chapels and churches. Our places of worship are often sited in wild, remote, sacred and utterly beautiful landscapes, much like their Celtic Christian ancestors. Throughout my study of Welsh History at university, it became clear to me that this ‘remoteness’ and being on the periphery of England has resulted in Wales maintaining…

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The Crooked Church – St Martin’s Church, Cwmyoy

If you go down to the Black Mountains today, you’re in for a big surprise. Most people will head straight for either imposing Llanthony Priory in its picturesque setting, or the nearby Church of St Issui at Partishow with its famous wall paintings. However, there is a hidden treasure of a church that tops them all…

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Saint Fagans National Museum of History – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of my blog post about fabulous Saint Fagans – the UK’s first ever open-air museum, situated near Cardiff in Wales. The first blog post featured my personal favourites out of the wonderful collection of shops, industrial buildings and places of worship you can explore at Saint Fagans. I would…

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Saint Fagans National Museum of History – Part One

Following on from my previous post about the best museum accounts to follow on Instagram, I wanted to write about the Welsh museum I would pick if I had to pick only one. It is, of course, Saint Fagans! St Fagans National Museum of History (or the artist formerly known as the Museum of Welsh Life!) is an…

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