Press Releases 2014-2015

Public Invitation to WW1 Lecture by UWTSD Historian


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) historian, who has supported the BBC’s World War One centenary coverage as an expert researcher, is to give a public lecture about the Great War next week.

Dr Lester Mason is a history lecturer at UWTSD in Lampeter and his research has focused on the social, political and cultural impact of the Great War, especially in the rural communities of west Wales.

His lecture, entitled ‘The Origins of 11/11 – Reading the Cenotaph, and the Rituals of Remembrance’, will start at 5pm on Wednesday 12th November in The Old Hall on UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. Refreshments will follow the presentation at 6pm. Places can be booked by phone, 01570 424704, or email,

Dr Mason was chosen by the BBC as an expert researcher to support the broadcaster’s ‘World War One at Home’ project in Wales.
He has contributed to BBC Wales television programmes to be broadcast around the centenary and will be part of a documentary on war commemoration and memorialisation which will air on BBC Radio Wales at 10:30am on Sunday 9th November.

About the Great War, Dr Mason said: “It had a major impact on the day-to-day lives of ordinary Britons, including the people of Wales. Most people are aware of the sacrifices made by young men who found themselves in uniform, either by choice or conscription, during 1914-18, and the countless memorials that remain part of the landscape today are a material reminder of that sacrifice; but on the 'Home Front' the war changed the lives of civilians in Wales at so many levels - from new opportunities for women in the workplace, to attitudes to family life and provision of welfare, to social mores and attitudes to sex and morality, to the impact of death and loss in war on an unprecedented scale.”

To mark the centenary there is also an exhibition on display, and open to the public, in the University’s Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (Lampeter campus) called ‘A Lost Generation: St David’s College and World War One’.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

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