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The initial 'Out of the Shadows' project was funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

It aimed at establishing a network of ECRs researching covert action in US and UK history and at engaging secondary schools students and teachers. The project enriched the secondary school curriculum by bringing the Cold War and covert action to the classroom.

Since then, project lead Dr Luca Trenta has continued to run the Out of the Shadows Podcast, now in its third season. 

Project contacts:

Luca Trenta

Department of Politics, Philosophy, and IR

School of Social Sciences,

Faculty of humanity and Social Sciences

Swansea University,

Singleton Park,



Tel: +441792602633



Grant-sponsored Events:

19th July: Teachers Training, CPD event for Politics, History and Welsh Baccalaureate teachers, Swansea University.


20th June, Children, Young People and Democracy in Wales, Workshop, Senedd Cardiff.

7th March, SEREN Network Masterclass: drones and targets killing, Rhondda Cynon Taff/ Merthyr Tydfil Seren Hub

19th December, Year 9: Aspiring to Higher Education Conference, Workshop, Swansea University.

23rd November, Being Human Festival, The Cuban Missile Crisis at 55, Masterclass. 

17th October, National Assembly for Wales: Gorwel Masterclass on the origins of British and American intelligence with Dr Huw Bennett.

14th October, Workshop on Leadership Qualities, Hillary Clinton's visit to Swansea University.

15th September, Out of the Shadows Conference 2017, Swansea University.

26th June, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School: Seminar on electoral interference


22nd May, London, Friends House

Out of the Shadows Workshop: Researching covert action

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