Swansea University Postgraduate Prospectus 2023



received critical acclaim both in the UK and the USA where it was given a cover review in the New York Times weekly Book Review. His popular history publications have achieved Sunday Times Bestseller status in the Hard-back Non-Fiction category and his current book, based on his academic research, is titled The Ancient Ways of Wessex and critically examines the character of the early medieval landscape of southern England. With his experience in both the media, and the heritage and commercial archaeology sectors, Alex offers a broad portfolio of teaching ranging from traditional lectures and seminars to field trips, software training, and supported work-placements. The extra-curricular activities Alex offers in industrial heritage and archaeological excavation provide our students with vital industry experience. “Swansea is an amazing place to come and live and study. It has everything; from a bustling city with excellent rail links to Manchester and London, to some of the best beaches in the UK. It is spacious and tranquil, with first-class access to civic parks, National Parks and landscapes of outstanding natural beauty. There is also no shortage of opportunities for fun and festivities in a university that provides the very latest in up-to-date provision for the graduates of the future.”

Dr Alex Langlands is a medieval archaeologist and historian who joined Swansea University in 2015. He contributes to the undergraduate and postgraduate history and heritage programmes. He is also an active member of the University’s Centre for Heritage Research and Training (CHART) – chart.swansea.ac.uk Alex brings a wealth of industry experience to our teaching having worked for long periods in the heritage sector and broadcast media industries. He was a presenter and producer for the BBC’s Victorian Farm, a series that garnered nearly six million viewers and one that was nominated for the prestigious British Broadcast Awards in the category of Best Factual Programme. Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm, Full Steam Ahead and Victorian Bakers have all followed suit on BBC, regularly achieving viewing figures of over two million. Alex has also worked for Channel 4 on productions such as Britain at Low Tide and Time Team and co-presents Channel 5’s Digging Up Britain’s Past, currently in its third series. His BBC2 series Tales from the Green Valley won the prestigious Learning on Screen Award given by the British Universities Film and Video Council. In 2018 Alex published Cræft: How traditional crafts are about more than just making, a book that has

It has never been more important to critically examine our history as we wrestle with new identities and new meanings for ourselves.


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