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Micaela Panes

Miss Micaela Panes

Research student

School of History, Archaeology and Religion


I am a PhD Candidate researching working-class women's experiences as active citizens and their political identities in south Wales and south-west England, 1928-1969. The study will focus on four key research areas: emotion and political motivations/concerns; environments and the political family; political networks; and memory. My wider research interests include: twentieth century British and Welsh history, trade unionism and the labour movement, and women's movements and organisations.

Academic Backgound:

2021-Present: Cardiff University; PhD in History and Welsh History. Thesis: 'Emotion, Belonging and Political Identities: Working-Class Women's Activism, South Wales and South-West England, c.1928-1969'.

2018-19: Cardiff University; MA History. Dissertation: 'The Women's Labour League in South Wales, 1909-1918'.

2015-18: Cardiff University; BA History. Dissertation: ''To Fight, To Struggle, To Right the Wrong'': An Analysis of the Women's Trade Union Movement in Britain, c.1870-1910''.


Conference Papers:

University of Northampton Centre for Historical Studies: Gender and Political Groups in Britain, c.1650-1950 Conference. Northampton, 19 May 2023. Paper title: ''We want scholarships not battleships': Labour Women's Peace Campaigns in Interwar South Wales''.  

Labour Conference: Securing a Stronghold? The 1922 Election and the Political Development of Wales. Cardiff, 29 October 2022. Paper title: 'Social Events and Political Networks: Labour Women's Organisation in Interwar South Wales'.  

Women's Archive Wales: Annual Conference. Carmarthen, 1-2 October 2022. Paper title: ' Space, Place, and Environment: Working-Class Women's Political Activism in Post-War Wales'.   

QMUL, Mile End Institute: Breaking the Glass Chamber, Women, Politics, and Parliament in Britain, 1945-1997 Conference. London, 15-17 September 2022. Paper title: 'End of an Era? Working-Class Women's Labour Activism in South Wales, 1945-1970'. Chaired the session 'The Changing Nature of Parliament'.  

Public Engagement:

West England and South Wales Women's History Network blog, 'Working-Class Women and Labour Politics in South Wales, c.1945-1970 - An Overview', March 2023.

Mile End Institute blog, 'Breaking the Glass Chamber: The Role of the Local in Shaping Women's Political Activism',  February 2023.

BBC Radio Wales, 100 years of Welsh Labour Programme, November 2022. Interviewed for part of a three-part radio programme to discuss women in the Labour Party in Wales between 1922 and 1966. 

Mile End Institute Podcast, April 2022. Invited as Welsh history contributor for the 'Brittle with Relics: A History of Wales' episode.  Featuring Dr. Lyndsey Jenkins and Richard King. 

Awards and Funding:

  • 2023: Society for the Study of Labour History Reaserch Bursary.
  • 2022: West England and South Wales Women's History Network Research Bursary.
  • 2021 & 2022: James Pantyfedwen Tuiton Grant.
  • 2018: CU Masters Excellence Scholarship.

Other Academic Roles:

  • July 2023 onwards: Vice-President Postgraduate Students, Cardiff University Students' Union.
  • Feb. 2023-Present: Research Assistant, GW4/Cardiff University Libraries.
  • Feb. 2023-Present: PG Coordinator, SHARE with Schools.
  • Oct. 2022-Present: [Elected] Vice-Chair and Senator, Student Senate, Cardiff University Students Union. 
  • Oct. 2022-Present: [Elected] Scrutiny Committee, Cardiff University Students Union. 
  • Jul. 2022-Present: Founder and Co-Organiser, SHARE Seminar Series. 
  • 2021/22: Editor-in-Chief, SHARE e-Journal (Cardiff University Press). 
  • Jan. 2022-May 2022: Lead Organiser and Chairperson, Breaking Boundaries Conference.
  • Oct. 2021-Present: [Elected] PGR Student and Tutor Representative, School of History, Archaeology, and Religion, Cardiff University.
  • 2018-2019: [Elected] Diversity and Postgraduate Officer, Cardiff University History Society. 


2022 – Present: Executive Committee – Labour: Society of Welsh History. 

2022 – Present: Postgraduate Member – Royal Historical Society. 

2022 – Present: Member – West England and South Wales Women's History Network. 

2021 – Present: Member – Women's History Network. 

2021 – Present: Member – Labour: Society of Welsh History. 


  • HS1105: Making of the Modern World.
  • HS1109: Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture, and Heritage.