Event 1 – held on 11 July 2020

Darren Macey, Chris Hill, Neil Evans, Hywel Francis and Carolyn Hitt reflect on controversial histories of ‘race’ and empire in Welsh memorials and monuments, inspired by the fall of Edward Colston and issues of cultural heritage raised by Black Lives Matter.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to view recordings of our events.

Event 2 – held on 18 July 2020

STOP THE SPRINGBOKS! – Wales and Opposition to Apartheid

Fifty years ago, an all-white rugby union team from South Africa toured Wales. Opposition to that tour was an expression of the already on-going fight against apartheid.

Join Morwenna Osmond, Hanef Bhamjee, Mick Antoniw, Hywel Francis, Mair Francis and Gaynor Legall for a roundtable discussion between founders, members, protesters  and historians as we explore the origins, development and wider historical and cultural impact of the Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement.


Event 3 –  held on 1 August 2020

Llafur’s online event series continues with a discussion on slavery and its connections to Wales. Join Chris Evans, Marian Gwyn and Audrey West to reflect on this complex, nuanced relationship in a Welsh context, and its importance in present discussions about race, place and identity raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.


Event 4 – held on 15 August 2020

Crossing the Colour Line: Empire, War and Racial Violence, 1900-1925 

Llafur’s online event series continues with a talk from Neil Evans. This talk focuses on the Cardiff race riots of 1919 but tries to set them in the context of Welsh involvement in the empire, and the changes in the international situation after the collapse of slavery in the Atlantic world.



Event 5 – held on 26 August 2020

Q&A – Wales and Slavery

Join us for an extended question and answer session on Wales’ connections to slavery. Welcoming back guest speakers Chris Evans, Marian Gwyn and Audrey West, we return to your questions and comments to dig deeper into Wales’ relationship with the slave trade, its legacy today and how we confront these issues in a historical context.



Event 6 – held on 29 August 2020

‘The Proud Valley’ – Paul Robeson and Wales

In the final chapter of Llafur’s summer series, we conclude with a discussion on the life of Paul Robeson and his connections to Wales. 80 years after the release of ‘The Proud Valley’ in 1940, join Beverley Humphreys, Tayo Aluko and Mark Rhodes to reflect upon a bond forged in the winter of 1929 and that endures today.

Event held on 10 October 2020

‘To strive for a world of justice’ – Community, Internationalism, and the Campaign for Peace in Interwar Wales

In the aftermath of the First World War, Welsh communities took concerted action in the name of internationalism, peace and equality with an increasing frequency and commitment. In this Llafur online event, join us and our guests Craig Owen, Rob Laker, and Emma West, to explore these themes in an interwar context, from the Welsh Women’s Peace Petition of 1923, to the Peace Ballot of 1935 and the opening of the Temple of Peace in 1938.

Event held on 14 November 2020

Book launch – Swansea Copper: A Global History by Chris Evans and Louise Miskell 

During the eighteenth century, a revolutionary new ‘Welsh process’ of efficiently smelting copper led to Swansea becoming the epicentre of the global copper industry. Indeed, between the 1770s and the 1840s, the Swansea district routinely produced one-third of the world’s smelted copper and occasionally exceeded this proportion. It’s this incredible transnational history that has provoked a ground-breaking new study from Chris Evans and Louise Miskell.  Join Martin Johnes in discussion with the authors to discuss their exciting new publication, Swansea Copper: A Global History (Johns Hopkins University Press), where they explore Swansea’s smelting story in a truly world-wide context, from Chile to South Australia.











Event held on 5 December 2020

‘Breaking out from the Cocoon’ – Commemorating 50 Years of Llafur, Past, Present and Future & AGM

In the first edition of the Llafur journal, produced in 1972, the society’s inaugural chair, and future president, Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, encouraged members to act for the purpose of uncovering those ‘whole areas of community experience about which the academic historian, comfortably cocooned and protected within his profession, can know nothing’.

Almost 50 years on from that statement of intent, and after a half-century of historical research, activity and engagement, Llafur invites you to our AGM this year for a moment of retrospection alongside a look at the present and future of the society. Featuring discussions on what we have achieved, and what we still need to achieve, exploring topics ranging from the trade union movement to issues of race in Welsh working-class society, please join us for an online day-school on how we are seeking both to respect and expand upon Ieuan Gwynedd Jones’ rallying cry.

Llafur Spring Series 2021: Migration and Wales

Part 1 – ‘Communities and People’

  • Saturday 20th February 2021 at 11am – New Perspectives on Global Wales
  • Saturday 27th February 2021 at 11am – Revisiting Tiger Bay
  • Thursday 11 March 2021 at 7.30pm – Heritage and Memory: Exploring Jewish Wales

Part 2 – ‘Global Connections and Transnational Exchange’

  • Saturday 3rd April at 11am – The Congo Institute and its Students
  • Saturday 10th April at 11am – Religion and Liberty?
  • Saturday 17th April at 2pm – ‘If there is no struggle there is no progress’: the Atlantic Abolitionist Movement and Wales
  • Saturday 24th April at 1.30pm  – Untangling Empire and Identity





Event held on 27 May 2021

‘The glorious harbinger of a new society’ – The Paris Commune and its Legacy

On 18th March 1871, the Central Committee of the Commune seized Paris, governing the capital of France for seventy-two days before a bloody and fatal collapse on 28th May. Emanating from the French capital’s 18th arrondissement Montmartre, and including socialists, feminists and radicals in its ranks, the rebellion energised Marx, Engels and other socialists across the globe. On the other side of the channel, the powerful proletarian possibilities of the Commune were both celebrated and contested. The ripple effect was to last for generations and the legacy of both Commune and Communards lives on today. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the insurrection, join us and our guest speaker Laura Forster for a lecture on the lasting impact of the Paris Commune in a Welsh and British context.

This event was held in memory of Ken John.

International Co-operators Day – Llafur and Co-ops & Mutual Wales Event on 3 July 2021

Robert Owen’s Legacy, Welsh Co-operative Movement History and Co-operative Learning – What lessons can we learn from around the world?

Part 1: 

Lecture by Prof Chris Williams, University College, Cork – ‘Does Robert Owen’s legacy still resonate in the 21st century?’

Part 2: 

‘Ways to Mark Robert Owen’s Anniversary’ : Robert Owen & the History of the Co-op Movement in Wales

  • Liz McIvor, Co-operative Heritage Trust Manager, Rochdale Pioneers Museum and The National Co-operative Archive
  • Sian Williams, Head of Special Collections and Librarian, South Wales Miners’ Library, Swansea University
  • Sara Vicari, Aroundtheworld.coop (Rome)