• Archif Menywod Cymru / Women's Archive of Wales (AMC/WAW)• British Educational Research Association (BERA)• Llafur: Welsh People's History Society
• Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA)• Historical Association (HA)• Women's History Network (WHN)Research Interests:• Welsh women’s history /gender history in Wales• History of education, with particular reference to the Welsh language in education• Social and cultural history of modern Wales
• The teaching of history in Wales
(A social history of the Welsh language in industrial Monmouthshire in the nineteenth century)Edited Books:Williams, Chris and Williams, Sian Rhiannon (eds.) (2011)
The Gwent County History
Volume IV; Industrial Gwent, 1780-1914. Cardiff : University of Wales Press.
White, C. and Williams, S.R. (eds.) (1998)
Struggle or Starve: Women's Lives in the South Wales Valleys between the two world wars. Dinas Powys: Honno Press.
New revised edition (2009)
Struggle or Starve: Stories of everyday heroism between the wars. Dinas Powys: Honno Press.Book Chapters:Williams, S.R. (2011) 'Education and Literacy', in:
Gwent County History, Vol. IV: Industrial Monmouthshire, 1780-1914. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 182-205.
Williams, S.R. (2011) 'The Languages of Monmouthshire', in:
Gwent County History, Vol. IV: Industrial Gwent, 1780-1914. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 147-165.
Williams, S.R. (2011) 'Unsung Heroines: Wales' Women Teachers' in Bowen, H.V. (ed.)
Heroes and Villains of Wales: Myths and Realities. New History of Wales Series. Llandysul: Gomer Press.
Online at: Wales online Welsh History Month, 'Women Teachers in the Early Twentieth Century'
Williams, S.R. (2010) 'Teacher supply and the Wales England border, 1922-50: a gendered perspective' in Aaron, J. Altink, H. and Weedon, C. (eds.)
Gendering Border Studies. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
Williams, S.R. (2006) 'Welsh for all: experiments in bilingual teaching in the interwar years / Cymraeg i bawb: arbrofion mewn addysgu dwyieithog yn y cyfnod rhwng y ddau ryfel byd' in W. Gwyn Lewis, W. Gwyn and Roberts, H. Gareth Ff. H. Gareth Ff. Roberts (eds.)
Welsh Medium and Bilingual Education / Addysg Cyfrwng Cymraeg a Dwyieithog. Bangor: University of Bangor School of Education, pp. 37-59.
Williams, S.R. (2004) 'From Blackboard to Whiteboard: Education', in Hannan, P. (ed.)
Defining a Nation: Wales and the BBC. Cardiff: BBC Publications.
Williams, S.R. (2000) 'Llwydlas, Gwenynen Gwent a Dadeni Diwylliannol y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg' in Jenkins, Geraint H. (ed.)
XV . Llandysul: Gomer Press, pp. 97-128.
Williams, S.R. (1999) 'Pentref mwyaf Cymreig Sir Fynwy: Rhymni a Chyfrifiad Iaith 1891' in Edwards, Hywel Teifi (ed.)
Ebwy, Rhymni a Sirhywi. Llandysul: Gomer Press, pp.137-161.
Williams, S.R. (1998) 'The Welsh Language in Industrial Monmouthshire 1800-1901' in Jenkins, Geraint H. (ed.) Language and Community in the Nineteenth Century:
A Social History of the Welsh Language. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 203-235.
Willliams, S. R. (1998) 'Y Gymraeg yn y Sir Fynwy Ddiwydiannol 1800-1901' in Jenkins, Geraint H. (ed.)
Iaith Carreg fy aelwyd: Iaith a Chymuned yn y Bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg. Caerdydd: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, pp. 203-235.
Williams, S.R. (1993) 'Welsh in the Valleys of Gwent' in Davies, J. (ed.)
Compass Points: A Selection from the first hundred issues of Planet. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 217-225. (Reprinted from
Planet 51, June/ July 1985)
Williams, S.R. (1991) ' The True Cymraes: Images of Women in Nineteenth Century Women's Welsh Periodicals' in John, Angela V. (ed.)
Our Mothers' Land: Chapters in Welsh Women's History. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 69-91. New edition 2011, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp.73-94.
Williams, S.R. (1991) 'Y Brad yn y Tir Du: ardal ddiwydiannol Sir Fynwy a'r Llyfrau Gleision' in Morgan, Prys (ed.)
Brad y Llyfrau Gleision. Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer, pp.125-145.
Williams, S.R. (1988) 'Iaith y Nefoedd mewn Cymdeithas Ddiwydiannol' in Jenkins, Geraint H. and Smith, Beverley (eds.)
Politics and Society in Wales 1840-1922 Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.Refereed
Journals:Williams, Sian Rhiannon (2013) 'Rediscovering Ellen Evans (1891-1953) Principal of Glamorgan Training College, Barry',
Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion /
Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, New series, Vol. 19, pp. 100-115.
Williams, S.R. (2005) 'Women Teachers and Gender Issues in Teaching in Wales, c.1870-1950',
Welsh Journal of Education, 13.2, 2005, pp. 68-83.
Williams, S.R. (2005) 'The only profession that was around': Opting for teaching in south Wales in the Inter-war years',
Llafur, 9.2, 2005, pp. 45-58.
Williams, Sian Rhiannon (1987) 'Iaith y Nefoedd: Anghydffurfiaeth a'r Gymraeg yn Sir Fynwy yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg',
Y Traethodydd, CXLIII (602-605), pp.213-221.
Williams, S.R. (1984) 'Y Frythones: Portread Cyfnodolion Merched y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg o Gymraes yr Oes',
Llafur, Vo. 4, 1, pp. 43-56.
Williams, S.R. (1979) 'The Bedwellty Board of Guardians and the Default Act of 1927',
Llafur, Vol. 2, 4, Spring 1979, pp. 65-77.Reference Articles:Williams, S.R. (2004) 'Augusta Hall (neé Waddington) Lady Llanover, 1802-1896' in Matthew, H.C. G. and Harrison, Brian (eds.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Vol.24, pp. 593-5. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Williams, S.R. (2004) 'John Griffith, 1818-85' in Matthew, H.C. G. and Harrison, Brian (eds.)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 23, p. 966. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Williams, S.R. (1997) 'Owen John Owen ('John OwenY Fenni' 1867-1960)' in
Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig, 1951-1970, p.154. Llundain (London): Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion.
Professional and Non-refereed Publications / Published Lectures:(2000) Welsh History in Key Stages 3 and 4/ Hanes Cymru yng Nghyfnod Allweddol 3 a 4. Cardiff: Relay Publications.
Williams, S. R. (2000) 'Boaring, boreing or bouring: Welsh history in Key Stages 3 and 4',
Hanesydd Cymreig, 30, Spring, pp.7-9.
Williams, Sian Rhiannon (1995) 'Mynwy Gu': Islwyn yn ei Gynefin: Sir Fynwy yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg,
LlênCymru, Cyf. 18, Rhifyn 3 a 4, pp. 301-317. (Darlith Goffa Islwyn, Caerdydd, Mai 1994).
Williams, Sian Rhiannon (1994) 'Y Bedyddwyr a'r Gymdeithas Ddiwydiannol yn y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg: profiad gorllewin Sir Fynwy',
Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru, tt. 1-22. (Darlith Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru, Caerdydd, 1993).
Williams, S.R. (1991)
Moreia Rhymni: Yr Hanner Can Mlynedd Diwethaf/ Moreia, Rhymni: Fifty Years 1941-91. Llanrwst: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
Rhiannon, Sian (1989-90) 'Gwent a'i Hemynwyr'.
Bwletin Cymdeithas Emynau Cymru, Cyfrol 3, 1, tt. 11-19 a Cyfrol 3, 2, tt. 60-69. (Darlith Cymdeithas Emynau Cymru, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Casnewydd, 1988).Book Reviews (selected):Merched y Môr: Hanes Merched Cymru a'r Môr, 1750 hyd heddiw, Robin Evans,
Barn, 613, Chwefror, 2014, pp.50-1.
Cof Cenedl XXIII Ysgrifau ar Hanes Cymru, Geraint H. Jenkins (gol.)
Welsh History Review/ Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru, Vol. 24, 3, June 2009, 126-7.
Gorau Arf: Hanes Sefydlu Ysgolion Cymraeg, 1939-2000 Iolo Wyn Williams in
Welsh Journal of Education, Vol 11, 2. 2002, pp.120-2.
Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke (eds.) (UWP, 2000) in
Economic History Review, August 2001, pp. 560-1.
Capitalism, Community and Conflict in the South Wales Coalfield, 1898-1947 Chris Williams (UWP, 1998) in
Economic History Review Vol. LIII. No. 2. May 2000, pp. 370-1.
A History of Monmouthshire Volume V The Hundred of Newport, Sir Joseph Bradney in
Welsh HistoryReview/Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru, Vol. 17, 1-4, 1994-5, pp.150-1.
Iron Town: Rhymney Memories by Thomas Jones, National Library of Wales,
Planet, 82, 1990, pp.93-5.Conference Papers (since 2000):(2014) 'The troublous question of the married women teachers: the case of Aberdare, 1908'. Archif Menywod Cymru / Women's Archive of Wales 17th Annual Conference, 4-5 October. Bangor University.
(2009) 'NUWT activities and activists: The National Union of Women Teachers in Wales'. West of England and South Wales 15th Annual Women's History Network Conference, July. University of Wales Newport.
(2009)'Going it alone: The NUWT in South Wales, 1919-49'. Women's History Network 18th Annual International Conference, September. St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.
(2005) 'Over the border: the migration of Welsh teachers to England'. Gendering Border Studies International Conference, 14-15 October. University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.
(2005)' Bilingualism in Education in Glamorganshire in the inter-war period'. BERA Conference, 15-17 September. University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.
(2004) 'Beyond our Heroines: Teaching gender history in Wales'. Euroclio History Educators' International Conference, 29 March-2 April. Cardiff.
(2004) 'Women Teachers and the Welsh Language'. Women's History Network / Llafur Joint Conference. Re-presenting the British Past, April. University of Glamorgan.
(2003) 'Promoting the Fair Inheritance: Teachers and the Welsh Language in the Inter-war period'. History of Education Society Conference, December. University College Dublin.
(2002) 'Gender Issues and the Teaching Profession in Wales, 1890-1950', BERA Annual Conference, September. University of Exeter.
(2002) 'Jobs for the Girls: Women and the teaching profession in Wales', University of Wales Education Research Conference, July. Gregynog.
(2001) ' There wasn't anything else': Women and Teaching in the south Wales valleys', West of England and south Wales Women's History Network Conference, April. University of Glamorgan.
(2000) 'The Teaching of Welsh History in Wales', BERA Conference, September. University of Wales Cardiff.
I am currently Director of Research Degree Programmes at the Cardiff School of Education and am also involved in Initial Teacher Education and Training as PGCE Secondary History Programme Leader. I started my career teaching history in a Welsh medium Secondary school then worked as a Radio Producer in the Education Department at BBC Wales before entering Higher Education in 1991.
My research interests initially centred around my doctoral study of the social history of the Welsh language in industrial south Wales in the nineteenth century and also my special subject as an undergraduate, 'Wales in the inter-war years'. Since then I have developed these interests, both in relation to the history of the Welsh language and also in relation to women's history, which continues to inspire me. Currently, I am researching the history of women teachers in Wales in the first half of the twentieth century.
I am joint editor of the series
Gender Studies in Wales (University Wales Press) and editor of Welsh language articles for
Llafur history journal. Between 2000 and 2009 I was a reviews editor of the
Welsh Journal of Education and (until 2011) a member of the editorial board of the
Gwent County History.
I have served on many academic committees including the former Board of Celtic Studies History and Law Committee (1997-2006) and the University of Wales Welsh Medium Development Centre Network Panel for Education and Training (2002-09). In 2012-13, I was a member of the Welsh Government Curriculum Review Group for History and the Curriculum Cymreig 2012-13. (See final report:
Welsh History, the Stories of Wales and Curriculum Cymreig, Welsh Government, September, 2013.)
I have undertaken external examining of taught programmes at Master's level and have also examined research theses (MA and PhD) in History and in Education, and have supervised several research students to completion.
I am a frequent contributor to radio and television historical documentary programmes in Welsh and English (see below) and regularly lecture to academic and lay audiences in history societies and other local and national organisations as a guest speaker. Television and Radio
Wrote and Presented: 'The only Profession' BBC Radio Wales Histories of Wales Series, February 2012. Produced by Dinah Jones
Other contributions for S4C and BBC Cymru / Wales include:
Mamwlad: Lady Llanofer; Mamwlad: Margaret Haig Thomas (Tinopolis), Gwrthryfel Gwent (Tinopolis),
Cofio Senghennydd (Tinopolis and Radio Cymru) , Cymry ar Brawf (Edward Morgan) (BBC Radio Cymru), Fishlock's Wales (ITV) Golchi'r Glowyr (Nant), Robert Owen (Opus), Land of Our Mothers (Presentable), The General Strike 1926 (BBC Radio and Green Bay TV), Canu'r Cymoedd/ Valleys of Song (Boomerang), Cranogwen (BBC).