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Historian, Swansea University

Dr Ben Curtis is a social and public historian of modern Wales and Britain, specialising in mining history. He is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at Swansea University. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in Social and Labour History at the University of Wolverhampton, and a History Tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University.

He is the author of The South Wales Miners, 1964–1985 (Cardiff, 2013) and is also widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of the coal industry, industrial disability, and de/industrialisation, c.1780–2000. He has significant media experience as a historical expert on television (BBC, ITV, S4C) and radio, including on the BBC TV programmes Who Do You Think You Are? and Wales: England’s Colony?, and on BBC Radio 4’s Today with John Humphrys.


  • 2014–present
    Lecturer in modern Welsh history, Cardiff University
  • 2021–present
    Honorary Research Fellow in Labour and Social History, Wolverhampton University