Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

A graduate of Oxford, the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago, Gareth Williams is one of Wales’ foremost social and cultural historians. Between 1970 and 2000 he taught at Aberystwyth University where he was awarded a personal chair, before being appointed Professor of Welsh History in the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales at the University of Glamorgan, becoming its Director in 2004. This was a natural move since his published work has focussed mainly on the popular culture of South Wales, and of the industrial valleys in particular. He has written extensively on the history of sport and choral singing, always setting those activities in the context of their society. A frequent broadcaster in both languages, his book Valleys of Song was the basis of a three-part television series of that name which he wrote and presented in English and Welsh (‘Canu’r Cymoedd’) in 2004, and he drew on his work on popular culture more generally to present a sequel, ‘Valleys at Play’, a four-part series (also as ‘Chwarae’r Cymoedd’) in 2006. On his retirement in 2012 he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the University of South Wales.

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