UWTSD to host 9th Old Dy’vorians’ Association joint annual lecture on Thursday, May 19


The Old Dy’vorians’ Association/UWTSD Joint Annual Lecture is being held at 7pm on Thursday, May 19, in the Samuel Roberts Lecture Theatre at UWTSD’s Dynevor Centre. The talk will be given by John Ashley, chair of the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association.

Dynevor Building Swansea

This will be the ninth joint Open Lecture by the Old Dy'vorians Association and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, which have forged strong links since Swansea's former Dynevor School was acquired and developed into UWTSD's Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media.

The title of John’s talk is “Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Swansea”. The talk will be illustrated with photographs from John’s extensive collection relating to the occasion and this promises to provide a fascinating insight into one of the greatest Victorian and Edwardian travelling shows and its visit to Swansea in 1903.

The Wild West Show was founded in 1883 by William Frederick Cody, otherwise known as 'Buffalo Bill', and toured Europe eight times; it was twice seen by Queen Victoria and three times by the future Edward VII. Buffalo Bill became an international celebrity and over 50,000 people packed into the giant marquee in Victoria Park during four shows over two days.  John Ashley has spent his working life in IT and Telecommunications, a career which took him to live and work in several countries, including the Caribbean. When he returned to the UK in 2005, he realised a long-held ambition to study History by completing the Advanced Diploma in Local History Research at Oxford University. He now teaches a variety of historical and other subjects to adults at Swansea University and has commenced research for a higher degree. He also works for an examination board, taking him on assignments overseas.

As well as being chair of the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association, John is also chair of the Friends of White Rock and a Director and Events Organiser for the Roads & Road Transport History Association. In 2012, The Bay magazine published “Ashley's Walks around Swansea and Gower”, a compendium from his monthly walks column.

Tea, coffee and Welsh cakes will be available prior to the Lecture at 6pm. 

Admission is free.

To reserve a seat, please contact Joyce Wills on 01792 481100 or email her at joyce.wills@uwtsd.ac.uk