Current Projects

  • Atlantic Europe in the Metal Ages (AEMA)

    An AHRC grant of £689,167 has enabled us to begin a three-year project. Led by Professor John Koch in partnership with archaeologists from the universities of Oxford and Bangor. The project aims to shed new light on the geographical origins of the Celtic languages.
  • The Cult of the Saints in Wales 

    In partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the Department of Digital Humanities at KCL and the National Library of Wales, the project will produce bilingual online editions of all the texts relating to the saints, and aims to promote both local and international interests in this key aspect of Wales's cultural heritage.
  • Knowledge Transfer and Social Networks

    The activities of Thomas Stephens are chronicled in c.600 letters, 63 manuscripts and contemporary periodicals at the National Library of Wales, and in archives further afield, in England and Germany. Our aim is to produce an anthology of the most significant letters and a critical study which will enable us to understand better the cultural connections between Europe, Wales and Merthyr Tydfil.
  • Welsh Name-Studies                                                                          This will become a web-based electronic resource within the University’s ‘Global Campus’. Provisionally entitled the ‘Guide to Welsh Name-Studies’, it will offer rather more than a conventional printed bibliography, because it will contain full summaries of many articles, and electronic indexes to longer studies; in addition, all the entries will have been tagged according to the subject-matter and region with which they are concerned.

  • Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru: A Dictionary of the Welsh Language                   In 1921 the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies established a project to produce a standard historical dictionary of Welsh modeled on the Oxford English Dictionary. Twenty seven years were spent collecting evidence and the Dictionary was published in four volumes between 1950 and 2002. The project became the responsibility of CAWCS in 2006 when the Board of Celtic Studies was disbanded and the team is now revising and augmenting the Dictionary thoroughly. A full online version was launched in 2014, which is freely available to the public.

  • Place-Names of Shropshire

    As part of a major AHRC-funded project to complete work on the English Place-Name Society’s survey of Shropshire’s place-names, we shall be preparing a study of the Welsh names of the county. We will devote a substantial volume to the two hundreds of Clun, in the south-west, and Oswestry, in the north-west, where the Welsh language has contributed extensively to local toponymy.