Aled Gruffydd Jones
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S., F.L.S.W.
2013 - 15: Chief Executive and National Librarian, National Library of Wales.
2013 - 15: President, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Cymru
2013 - 15: Chair, Welsh Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF)
2013 - 15: Member, Advisory Board, British Library; Committee of Legal Deposit Librarians; UK Agency for Legal Deposit; Joint Committee on Legal Deposit (JCLD)
2011 - 13: Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University (AU)
2005 - 11: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Teaching Quality, Curriculum Development, Student Recruitment, Student Experience, Welsh Medium Education, Internationalisation), AU.
2012 - 13: Vice-President, Board of Trustees, National Library of Wales
2008 - 12: Trustee, National Library of Wales
1995- 2013: Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History
1977: B.A. in History, First Class Hons., University of York.
1978: M.A. (awarded with Distinction), Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick.
1982: Ph.D. Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick.
1979: Tutor, Department of History, AU.
1982: Lecturer, Department of History, AU.
1992: Senior Lecturer, AU
1994 - 2002: Founding Head of the merged Department of History and Welsh History, AU.
1995 - 2013: Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History, AU.
2004 - 2005: Dean of the Faculty of Arts, AU.
2005 - 2008: Member, History Panel, HEFCE UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE08).
2010 - 2013: Member, History Panel, HEFCE UK Research Excellence Framework (REF14)
Senior management roles
Key Internal Initiatives
Led the restructuring of the Aberystwyth University Student Support Service in 2006, established the International Office (and author of the University’s first International Strategy) in 2009, and the first Research Office and a Research Advisory Network in preparation for REF, in 2009. Established (in 2006-9) Directors of Learning and Teaching Round Tables and Welsh Medium Staff Development Round Tables. Had experience as PVC for Learning and Teaching during QAA Institutional Review and Degree Awarding Powers process (2006), and served as Chair, IBERS restructuring project team (2010). Member of Strategy and Operational Boards of the Aberystwyth - Bangor Research Partnership.
Established and chaired, Aberystwyth Arts Centre External Advisory Group, 2010-13
Higher Education Member, Board of Trustees, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (CCC)
Chair, Higher Education Wales (now Universities Wales) cross-institutional PVC Research Advisory Group 2005-11
Deputy Chair, Welsh Medium Higher Education Sector Group 2006-10
Member, the Williams Committee on the Formation of the CCC 2008-9,
Member, Geraint Talfan Davies Committee on the Implementation of the CCC, 2009-10
Member, South-West Wales Regional Learning Partnership Strategy Group, 2007-2010
Member, Management Board, Wales International Consortium 2007-20011
Member, Management Board, all-Wales Centre for Welsh Medium Higher Education
Inaugural Chair, Welsh for Adults Centre, Mid-Wales region.
Chair, Research Committee, CCC 2010-
Higher Education Representative, Deputy Minister’s Expert Panel on Research and Development, Welsh Assembly Government, 2010.
Extensive experience of lecturing at and working with HE institutions in the United States, China (in particular in Beijing, Shenyang, Xi’an, Shanghai, Xiamen and Fuzhou), South Korea, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.
Principal area of teaching: modern British political, social and cultural history from c. 1800 to the present, with Special Subjects on Victorian Britain and communications history. I also offered Honours courses in modern European history from c. 1789 to 1939, the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Spain, and historiography.
Teaching quality related activity
1998-99 : Member of the first UK QAA Subject Benchmarking Panel for History, and convenor of its teaching and learning sub-committee. History was one of the three major academic subjects in the UK to first undergo subject benchmarking.
1999-2000 : Trialled new QAA methods for the evaluation of teaching at Trinity College, University of Wales.
Subject specialist for External Evaluations of Teaching exercises at the University of Wales, Bangor, 2000, and the University of Sheffield, 2003.
2001 - 2005: External Examiner, University of York.
2004 – 2007: External Examiner, University College London.
Prior management experience
1994 - 2002: Head of Department, Department of History and Welsh History. My tenure included the management of the merger of two Departments, the modularisation and re-structuring of the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, and the appointment of ten new full-time academic staff and one staff-related. I also managed the Department through two RAEs and one internal review.
Continued to serve on University of Wales Court of Governors. Acted as external specialist for the award of D.Litt and University Fellowships, and the appointments of Readers and Chairs (e.g. for the University of London, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the School of Journalism, Cardiff University).
1990 - 1993: Faculty of Arts Representative on AU Senate
1991 - 1993: Member of the AU Senate Executive Committee, and Senate representative on AU Court of Governors.
Served as Director or Co-Director of the following research projects. Each was successfully completed within the agreed timetables, with published outcomes and full research reports.
1995: 'S4C, small business and the Welsh language economy, 1982-95,' £33,400 ESRC award, (with D. Peel and N. Fuller-Love). Symposium and publications listed below.
1996: PI of ‘The Politics of Water in Wales’, a two-year project organised jointly with Dr. Richard Coopey, and funded by the Board of Celtic Studies (£50,000). This led to a 300-page report (unpublished but deposited in a number of University libraries), a series of newsletters, several journal publications and three conferences, the final being an international conference on ‘Water in History: Global Perspectives’ held in Aberystwyth in July 1999, at which the International Water History Association was formed. Initially based at Aberystwyth, its secretariat is currently under UNESCO sponsorship at Bergen, Norway. Dr Coopey was appointed its first President, and in 2003 my Ph.D. student, Dr Owen Roberts, was invited to serve as its International Secretary.
1998: ‘Y Drych and American Welsh identities’, a one-year project funded by the Board of Celtic Studies, £25,000 (with W.D. Jones). Associated conference papers and publications listed below.
2002: funded by S4C and HTV to develop a programme proposal for an 8-part TV series on missionaries and the British Empire (completed and submitted).
2003-4, AHRC Research Leave Award to complete a study of religious and cultural interaction in Bengal/Assam 1848-1947. Featured in AHRC Annual Report 2004.
Editorial Roles and membership of Editorial Boards
1985 - 1992: Joint Editor Llafur, Journal of Welsh Labour History
1999 - 2002: Chair, History and Law Committee, University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies.
2000 - 2004: Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society, member of RHistS Council and Editor of Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. I also had responsibility for commissioning and editing volumes in the modern Camden Series and represented the RHistS. in partnership negotiations and joint publishing initiatives with The National Archives (previously HMC and PRO), the German Historical Institute and the Chetham Society.
2001 - 2004: editorial board member, ‘Studies in History’ series, Royal Historical Society.
2003 - 2011: Joint Editor, Welsh History Review
Membership of Governing Bodies and Advisory Boards
1988 - present: Member of the Board of Directors, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.
1995 - 2007, 2013-15: Member of the Management Board of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, and member of its RAE Advisory Group and various appointments panels.
1995 - 2013: Member of the Welsh Political Archive Advisory Committee, National Library of Wales. 2013-2015, chair of WPAAC.
2004 –2007: Member, AHRC Peer Review College
2005-7: British Library Newspaper Digitization project advisory board
Other esteem indicators
Elected Fellow of :
Royal Historical Society
Higher Education Academy
Royal Asiatic Society
Learned Society of Wales
External consultancy and public engagement activity
1986 - 1989: Scripted and presented three television series on the political and cultural history of Wales for S4C.
1989: Joint organiser of the first Welsh International Film Festival (‘Identities / Hunaniaethau)
1987 – 1993: Co-founder and Chair of the film and video arts collective, Creu Cof / Ceredigion Media Association. Scripted and presented its television series on cultural change in late 20th century rural Wales (Llanw a Thrai), and co-authored with Dr Marged Haycock its accompanying publication. Creu Cof , a charity registered by guarantee, co-ordinated and managed a number of community and schools-based history projects, including the development of an oral history archive. Organised, between 1985 and 1987, a series of lectures and colloquia on history, film and television.
Miscellaneous other TV and radio broadcasting since 1984, and contributor to weekly and monthly periodicals in English and Welsh, including Shanghai Daily, 5 Sept 2012.
Presenter, Robert Owen, Opus Television documentary for S4C, 2006.
Advisor, Who Killed Gareth Jones ?, BBC 4 documentary, (Dir. George Carey), 2012.
Journalism includes articles in Western Mail, Golwg, Shanghai Daily.
Presenter, 10-part Radio Wales series ‘Stories from the Stacks’ on the NLW Collections, broadcast weekly March to May 2015.
Press, Politics and Society. A history of journalism in Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 1993 (xii, 317).
Powers of the Press. Newspapers, Power and the Public in Nineteenth-Century England, Scolar Press/Ashgate, Aldershot, 1996 (xii, 231).
(with Bill Jones) Welsh Reflections. Y Drych and America, 1851-2001, Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2001, (xiv, 198).
Editor (with Laurel Brake and Lionel Madden), Investigating Victorian Journalism,
Macmillan, 1990, 210.
Associate Editor, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, Academia Press/British Library, 2009
Joint-Editor, Dictionary of Welsh Biography 2013-1015
‘Workmen’s Advocates: ideology and class in a mid-Victorian labour newspaper
system’, in J. Shattock, M. Wolff (eds.), The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings
and Soundings, Leicester University Press/Toronto University Press, 1982, 297-
‘Trade Unions and the Press: Journalism and the Red Dragon Revolt of 1874’,
Welsh History Review, vol. 12, no. 2, December 1984, 197-224.
‘Making Television History – the contexts of “The Dragon has Two Tongues”, Screen, vol. 26, no. 6, November-December 1985, 65-69.
‘The New Journalism in Wales’, in Joel H. Wiener (Ed.), Papers for the Millions: the
New Journalism in Britain 1850-1914, Greenwood Press, New York, 1988, 165-
‘Y Wasg Gymraeg yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg’, in G.H.Jenkins, (Ed.), Cof
Cenedl III, Gomer Press, Llandysul, 1988, 89-116.
‘The Welsh Periodical Press’, in R.T. VanArsdel and J.D.Vann, (eds.), Victorian
Periodicals: a guide to research. Vol. 2, Modern Language Association of America,
New York, 1989, 110-123.
‘Local Journalism in Victorian Political Culture’, in Brake, et al, Investigating Victorian Journalism, 63-70, op cit.
‘The British press, 1919-1945’, opening essay in D. Griffiths (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the British Press 1422-1992, Macmillan, 1992, 47-55.
‘Constructing the readership in nineteenth-century Wales’, in M.Harris and R.
Myers (eds.) Serials and their Readers, St Paul’s Bibliographies, Winchester/Oak Knoll Press, Delaware, 1993, 145-162.
‘ “Meddylier am India” : tair taith y genhadaeth Gymreig yn Sylhet, 1887-1947’, Transactions of the Hon. Society of Cymmrodorion, vol. 4, 1998, 84-110
‘The Newspaper Press in Wales 1804-1945’, in Philip Henry Jones and Eiluned Rees (eds.), A Nation and its Books. A history of the book in Wales, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1998, 209-220.
with N. Fuller-Love, ‘Small Businesses in the Media Industry in Wales’, Contemporary Wales, vol. 12, 1999, 173-192.
‘The politics of water in Wales: global perspectives’, Water in the Celtic world: managing resources for the 21st century , British Hydrological Society, 200, 363-367 (synopsis of a paper delivered to the BHS 2nd Inter-Celtic Colloquium, July 2000).
‘The nineteenth-century media and Welsh identity’, in Laurel Brake, Bill Bell and David Finkelstein (eds), Nineteenth-Century Media and the Construction of Identities, Palgrave, 2000, 310-325.
‘The Welsh Newspaper Press’, in Hywel Teifi Edwards (ed.), A Guide to Welsh Literature c.1800-1900 , University of Wales Press, 2000, 1-23.
‘The Welsh language and journalism’, in Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), The Welsh Language and its Social Domains 1801-1911. A Social History of the Welsh Language, University of Wales Press, 2000, pp. 379-404. Also available in Welsh language version.
‘Y Drych and American Welsh Identity, 1851-1951’, The North American Journal of Welsh Studies, vol. 1, no. 1-2, Winter-Summer 2001,http://spruce.flint.umich.edu/~ellisjs/journal.html
‘The Dart and the damning of the sylvan stream: journalism and political culture in the late-Victorian city’, Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 35, no. 1, Spring 2002, 2-17. The 2001 Michael Wolff Lecture, delivered at Birkbeck College, London, at the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. This also appeared in Laurel Brake and Julie Codell (eds), Victorian Encounters, Palgrave, 2004.
‘Print, language and identity: newspapers in Wales since 1804’, Proceedings of the 68th International Federation of Library Associations Conference, Glasgow, available on IFLA CD, 2002 and www.ifla.org/IV/ifla68/index.htm
‘The Other Internationalism? Missionary activity and Welsh Nonconformist perceptions of the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’, in Charlotte Williams, Neil Evans and Paul O’Leary (eds.), A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales, University of Wales Press, 2003, 49-60.
(with Bill Jones) ‘The Welsh World and the British Empire, c.1851-1939: an exploration’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. xxx1, no.2, May 2003, 57-81. Also available in Carl Bridge and Kent Fedorowich (eds.), The British World. Diaspora, Culture, Identity, Frank Cass, 2003, 57-81.
‘Welsh Missionary Journalism in India, 1880-1947’ in Julie F. Codell (ed.), Imperial Co-Histories: National Identities and the British and Colonial Press, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, 2003, 242-272.
‘Politics and prophecy in the journalism of Gwilym Hiraethog’, Transactions of the Hon. Society of Cymmrodorion 2002, new series vol. 9, 2003, 106-121.
‘Brecknock at the crossroads – journalism, history and cultural identity in nineteenth-century Wales’, Brycheiniog vol. xxxv, 2003, 101-116 (a paper on ‘border thinking’ and the distribution of information for the annual journal of the Brecknock Society).
‘Gardens of Eden: Welsh Missionaries in British India’, in R. R. Davies and Geraint H. Jenkins (eds.), From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2004, 264-280.
‘The Press and the Printed Word’, in C.Williams (ed.), Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain, Blackwell. (2004), 369-380.
‘Imagining Bengal. Bengali culture and the Welsh national awakening, 1840-1966’, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), vol.49, no. 1, June 2004.
Joint author with Robert Harrison and Peter Lambert of Part 1, ‘The Professionalisation of History’ comprising three chapters: ‘The Institutionalisation and Organisation of History’, ‘Methodology: “Scientific” History and the Problem of Objectivity’, and ‘The Primacy of Political History’, in Peter Lambert and Phillipp Schofield (eds.), Making History: An Introduction to the Practices of History, Routledge. 2004.
‘Chartist journalism and print culture in Britain 1830-1855’, in Joan Allen and Owen Ashton (eds.), Papers for the People: A Study of the Chartist Press, Merlin Press (2005).
‘The transforming gaze: the photography of Welsh Christians in Sylhet, India, 1890-1947’, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), December 2004.
‘Culture, “race” and the missionary public in mid-Victorian Wales’, Journal of Victorian Culture, November 2005, 157-183.
‘Resistance and accommodation in the experience of Christian mission: Welsh Presbyterians in Sylhet, Eastern Bengal, 1860-1940’, in Empire, Identity and Migration in the British World, Kent Fedorowich and Andrew Thompson (eds), Manchester University Press (in press due April 2013). Series Editor, John Mackenzie.
‘Sacred spaces: cultural geographies of Mission in Welsh Sylhet, 1849-1940’, Welsh History Review (January, 2013)
‘Iechyd ac iachawdwriaeth: meddygaeth, y corff a'r drefn foesol ym Mengal drefedigaethol 1840-1935’, Gwerddon (2013)
(Trans: Health and salvation: medicine, the body and the moral order in colonial Bengal 1840-1935)
Other related output:
With N. Fuller-Love and Cheryl Dennis, The Impact of S4C on Small Businesses in Wales, report of ESRC project R000221667, School of Management and Business, AU, 1999, vi, 90.
‘Welsh Missionary Journalism in India, 1880-1947’, Position Paper 123, Currents in World Christianity Project, Cambridge University, 2000, 38.
Associate editor, Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (Academia Press and The British Library), Gen. eds, Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (Gent, 2009).
2013-15 : Juror, Public History Prize, Royal Historical Society.
Indicative list of seminar and conference papers:
[1984-94: external papers delivered inter alia at the Universities of London, Toronto, Chicago, New York (City University Graduate Centre), State University of North Texas, etc. Also experience of organising international symposia and conferences, eg at AU in 1987, and the Newberry Library, Chicago, in 1988].
‘Implementing the “moral strategy”: the Conservative Press in nineteenth-century England’, Media History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, March, 1994.
‘Press, language and national identities in Wales 1850-1914’, Conference on Culture and Power, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, September 1995.
‘The post-war press in Wales’, Conference of the Institute of Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, September 1996.
‘The press, amateur parliaments and the culture of debate in Victorian England’, North American Conference of British Studies, Monterey, California, October 1997.
‘Culture, conflict and natural resources: Wales 1870-1970’, Universidad de Zaragoza, 1999 (published in Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy (ed.), Power and Culture: Cultural Confrontations, Zaragoza, 1999).
‘Writing identities: The Times in nineteenth-century Wales’, Birkbeck College, University of London, May 1999.
‘Cultural identities in the journalism of Welsh America’, Yale University, New Haven, September 1999.
‘Entrepreneurship in Wales in the nineteenth-century: case studies from the printing industry’, in ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses in the Media: Past, Present and Future’, an ESRC-funded conference, jointly organised with N. Fuller-Love, for S4C executives, Members of the Welsh Assembly Government and independent television producers, AU, October 1999.
‘Welsh missionary journalism in India, 1880-1947’, Imperial History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, December 1999.
‘Y Drych and Welsh-American identities’, Bryn Mawr University, Philadelphia, plenary lecture to the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History, June 2000.
‘Communicating Wales: democracy, identity and the media since 1800’, Inaugural Lecture, AU, 21 March 2001.
with Bill Jones, ‘The Welsh and the British World 1880-1920’, opening plenary session, international history conference on ‘The British World c.1880s-c.1950s: Diaspora, Culture and Identity’, University of Cape Town, South Africa, January 2002.
‘Imagining Bengal. Bengali culture and the Welsh national awakening, 1840-1966’, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 January 2003.
‘Brecknock at the crossroads – journalism, history and cultural identity in nineteenth-century Wales’. Sir John Lloyd Memorial Lecture, Brecon, 14 March 2003.
‘Gardens of Eden: Tea, Empire and the Welsh in Eastern Bengal, 1850-1966’, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, 20 March 2003.
‘Cultural Experimentation, Nonconformity and Empire in Victorian Wales’, opening plenary lecture, conference of the British Association of Victorian Studies, 5 September 2003.
‘The Limits of Mission: William Pryse, Celtic Aryanism and the evangelization of India in the mid-19th century’, Anglo-American Conference, London, 7 July 2005.
‘Ffrwyth y Diwygiad’ Y genhadaeth Bresbyteraidd Gymreig ar wastadedd Sylhet, India, 1905-1947’, Darlith Flynyddol Adran Hanes, Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru, Llanbedr Pont Steffan, 13 Gorffennaf 2005.
‘The photography of Welsh Christians in India 1890-1947’, Y Drwm, National Library of Wales, 2 November 2005.
‘Dialogues at the edges: Islam, Christianity and civil society in Bengal and Wales 1860-1930’, Imperial and Commonwealth History Conference, Bristol, 13 July 2007
‘Photography in the Welsh Missionary Project in India 1896-1947’, Religious Archives Group Conference, British Library, London, 14 April 2008.
‘Powers of the Press, 16 years on’, keynote lecture, Media History Conference, 5 July 2012
‘Public Education and Major Libraries in the UK: policy and practice’, public lecture, Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China, 27 July 2012.
‘Wales and the politics of Christian Mission in Colonial Bengal, 1890-1947’, A.H. Dodd Lecture, Bangor University, 22 October 2014
W.T. Stead Lecture, ‘Newspaper reading rooms and civic engagement: a subversive history’, British Library, 21 November 2014
Entries in the New Dictionary of National Biography (2004), the Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (2003), Encarta 2004 Reference Library (2004), Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004 (2006). Photography published in
Planet, 215 (2014).
Continuing research and publication areas:
Histories of print, media and communication since 1789
History of photography
World, inter-cultural and post-colonial history
History and social theory
Public understanding of history
Digital research in the Humanities