Cold War Wales: Politics, Peace and Culture

Event Date June 26, 2010 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location – J132, Treforest Campus

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales is holding a one-day conference on the theme of Cold War Wales.

The conference will bring together scholars and surviving participants in some of the events discussed. They will address the impact that the Cold War had on Welsh politics and culture from the 1940s to the 1980s. The final programme is available to download here. (Updated May 2010).

Please register to attend the event, using this form.


9.30–9.40: Coffee and Welcome

9.40–10.00: Introduction by Dr Hywel Francis MP: ‘Recollections of Cold War Wales’

(I) Wales and the Cold War World

10.00–11.45: Wales, East-West Relations and the Nuclear Threat
Discussant: Howard Williamson (University of Glamorgan)

Martin Johnes (Swansea), ‘The Cold War in Welsh History’
Matthew Grant (Manchester University), ‘The Cold War and Voluntary Action in Atomic Age Wales’
Susan Pester (Aberystwyth University) ‘‘Women and Peace in the Cold War’.

(II) Politics and Culture in Cold War Wales

11.45–12.45: The Labour Party
Chair: Stephanie Ward (Cardiff University and Llafur)

Stefan Berger (University of Manchester)/Norry LaPorte (University of Glamorgan), ‘Welsh Labour MPs and the GDR
Robert Griffiths (Cardiff), ‘SO Davies and the Cold War in Wales’

Lunch and Book Launch: 12.45–13.45

A buffet lunch will be provided in the foyer of J-Block.
All delegates are invited to the launch of Stefan Berger and Norry LaPorte’s Friendly Enemies: Britain and the GDR, 1949–1990 (Berghahn Books, 2010).

13.45–14.45: Communism and the Cold War
Chair: Norry LaPorte

Douglas Jones (Aberystwyth University), ‘The Communist Party, British
National Independence and the National Question in Wales’.
Kevin Morgan(University of Manchester) : ‘Harry Pollitt and the Rhondda in Cold War Wales’

14.45–15.45: Culture and Politics in Cold War Wales
Chair: Gareth Williams (University of Glamorgan)

Daniel Williams (Swansea University), ‘‘Paul Robeson, Wales and the Cold War’
Gareth Miles (Pontypridd) , ‘Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg a’r Rhyfel Oer’ [Welsh Literature and the Cold War’] in Welsh, with simultaneous translation

15.45–16.00: Coffee

16.00 – 16.45 : Summing up and Discussion

Neil Evans (Llafur) and general discussion
Ffi: Dr Norry LaPorte (; Dr Fiona Reid (

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