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Dr David Wyatt 


I came to Cardiff University to study history and archaeology as a mature student during the mid-1990s. For a number of years, I co-ordinated a vibrant programme of open access adult education courses in history and archaeology at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I assumed the role of Lecturer and Community Engagement Co-ordinator in the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff in 2009 where I also teach and research. I specialise in the history of slavery and servitude in the societies of medieval Britain. I have published a number of articles on this topic and my recent book Slaves and Warriors in Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200 (2009) examines the extreme social and cultural significance of slavery for these societies. My research interests also include: Viking era settlement and society in the Irish Sea region, gender and power in early-medieval Britain and the Anti-Slavery movement in 19th Century Wales.

Education and Qualifications

1998-2003, PhD in Medieval History, Cardiff University Slavery and culture in medieval Britain and Ireland : an alternative perspective of an enduring institution’

1997-1998, MA in Medieval British Studies with distinction, Cardiff University

1995-1997, BA Joint Honours in History & Archaeology, 1st Class, Cardiff University

Career Overview

September 2009 to present day:

Lecturer in Early Medieval History, Community and Engagement

School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

November 2003 to August 2009:

Co-ordinating Lecturer in History & Archaeology.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University.

October 2006 to June 2009:

Associate Tutor, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

September 2005 to June 2006:

Professional Tutor in Medieval History, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

September 2004 to January 2005:

Associate Tutor, School of History, University of Nottingham

October 1999 to June 2005:

Associate Tutor, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

April 2003 to October 2003:

Researcher, Alumni division, Cardiff University.

July 1997 to April 2003:

Archaeological Supervisor/Analyst, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

August–September 2001:

Researcher HTV, Wales, 1985-1992

Reinsurance Supervisor, Mercantile and General Reinsurance Company Plc, Cheltenham.

Membership and External Activity

South Wales Record Society (2003-9) 

Cymru Informal Learning Network (2008-)

Vale of Glamorgan Adult Learning Network (2008-); Wales Cultural Exchange (2010-)

Public engagement ambassador, National Centre for the Coordination of Public Engagement