Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones

Curriculum Vitae

Aled Gruffydd Jones

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S., F.R.A.S., F.L.S.W.)


Aled Gruffydd Jones is a Welsh cultural historian and author. His main research fields are the history of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Welsh, European and American journalism, and the transcultural entanglement of religion, gender and identity that connected Wales to colonial India. More recently he has focused attention on the politics of culture in Europe’s age of austerity, and the global cultural impact of New China. He has held the posts of Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History and Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society, Vice-President and later Chief Executive of the National Library of Wales and National Librarian of Wales.


He has served as Editor of three historical journals, the Welsh social history journal Llafur in the 1980s, the Welsh History Review in the 1990s, and Transactions of the Royal Historical Society from 2000.


He is currently Visiting Professor of Cultural History at the Department of History and Social Sciences, and Co-Director of ETMIET at the Research Centre for Modern Greece (KENI), both at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens, Greece. In 2016-17 he was Visiting Professor of International History at Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.



Posts held

2017 - 20: Visiting Professor of Cultural History, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens

2016 - 17: Professor of International History in the Faculty of Social Science and History, with associate postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision status in the Faculties of Journalism and Communication,  Archaeology, and Modern Languages, at Northwest University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China.

2015 - present: Co-Director of ETMIET, Research Centre for Modern Greece (KENI), Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens.

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) representing the ten Welsh Universities.

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)

2011 - 13: Board member, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

2005 - 11: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Teaching Quality, Curriculum Development, Student Recruitment, Student Experience, Welsh Language Education, Internationalisation), AU.

2012 - 13: Vice-President, National Library of Wales

2008 - 12: Trustee, Board of Trustees, National Library of Wales

2004 - 2005: Dean of the Faculty of Arts, AU.


1995- 2013: Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History

1994 - 2002:  Founding Head of the merged Department of History and Welsh History, AU.

1992:  Senior Lecturer, AU

1984-86: Warden, Neuadd Gymraeg John Williams

1982:  Lecturer, Department of History, AU.

1979:  Tutor, Department of History, Aberystwyth University (AU).


Educational history

1982:  Ph.D. Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick.

1978:  M.A. (awarded with Distinction), Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick.

1977:  B.A. in History, First Class Hons., University of York.

1967-74: Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech A-levels: A,A,A, (with Distinction in Special Paper)


External academic rôles

2005-09: Pro Vice-Chancellor, AU (Learning and Teaching Quality, Language Policy)

2009-13: Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor, AU (Research, International Development)

2015-17: Research advisor, REF assessor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich, London

2015 - : Scientific Committee, ETMIET research project on the Greek press in the twentieth century, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens

2016 - : Fellow, Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University (AU)


Professional rôles

1998-99 : Member of the first UK Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmarking Panel for History, and convenor of its teaching and learning sub-committee. History was one of the first three major academic subjects in the UK to undergo national, binding, subject benchmarking.

2001 - 2005: External Examiner, Department of History, University of York.

2004 – 2007: External Examiner, Department of History, University College London (UCL), University of London.

2005 - 2008: Member of the History Panel, Higher Education Funding Council England UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE08).

2010 - 2013: Member of the History Panel, Higher Education Funding Council England UK Research Excellence Framework (REF14).

Expert Advisor on University Research in Welsh HEIs, Welsh Government, 2009.

Expert Advisor to the Culture Committee of the European Parliament on 'Documentary heritage: conservation, access and public', Brussels, 2 December 2014.



Extensive experience of lecturing in and working with Higher Education institutions in the United States, China (in particular in Beijing, Shenyang, Xi’an, Shanghai, Xiamen and Fuzhou), South Korea, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.


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. 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, and immediate successor to its founder, Professor K.O.Morgan (Lord Morgan of Aberdovey), Queen's College, Oxford.


Elected Fellowships

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 (with Catrin M S Davies) and Chair of Aberystwyth-based 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.


Frequent TV and radio broadcasting since 1984, and contributor to weekly and monthly periodicals in English and Welsh, from Western Mail, Golwg and Planet, to Shanghai Daily.

Presenter, 'Robert Owen', Opus Television documentary for S4C, 2006.

Historical advisor, 'Who Killed Gareth Jones ?', BBC 4 Storyville documentary, (Dir. George Carey), broadcast 5 July 2012.

Presenter, 10-part BBC Radio series ‘Stories from the Stacks’ on items from the collections of the National Library of Wales, broadcast weekly from March to May 2015.

Judge (with Professors Ludmilla Jordonova, Mary Beard, John Tosh and Alix Green) of the

first biennial Royal Historical Society's Public History Prize, 2015. In Dec 2015, re-elected as judge for the 2017 Prize.

Judge, John Davies Memorial Prize, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, national undergraduate essay prize, 2015-6, and 2016-17.


Selected Publications



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 2013-2015



‘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 Laurel Brake, Aled Jones and Lionel Madden, eds, Investigating Victorian Journalism, Palgrave Macmillan, 1990, 63-70.

‘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.

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

‘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,

‘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

‘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, 2014. Series Editor, John Mackenzie.

‘Sacred spaces: cultural geographies of Mission in Welsh Sylhet, 1849-1940’, Welsh History Review January 2013.

The Naya Shorak Presbyterian Church, Sylhet. Centenary Celebration 1913-2013, Sylhet 2015, translated into Bengali, Sylhet, August 2016.

‘Iechyd ac iachawdwriaeth: meddygaeth, y corff a'r drefn foesol ym Mengâl drefedigaethol 1840-1935’, Gwerddon, rhif 14, Ebrill 2014, (trans: Health and salvation: medicine, the body and the moral order in colonial Bengal 1840-1935),

'The cultural politics of reading nineteenth-century journalism in a digital age', published online by ETMIET, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens, 26 November 2015,

'Baich Aeneas ac argyfwng Gwlad Groeg' (trans: The Burden of Aeneas and the Greek crisis), Golwg, 23 March 2016.

'A Plato in the Greek Government? Aled Gruffydd Jones interviews Syriza's Minister of Culture, Aristide Baltas', Planet, the Welsh Internationalist, no. 223, August 2016, pp. 8-15.

'China yn ailymweld â "ffwrnais hanes"?' ('China revisits the "furnace of history"?'), Golwg, 20 Hydref/October 2016.

'Furious traveller - beauty and horror on Cadair Idris. Bedwyr Williams, 'Tyrrau Mawr', Artes Mundi 7, National Museum of Wales', Curious Travellers - Thomas Pennant's Welsh and Scottish Tours,  6 December, 2016, url:

‘America a China i groesi cleddyfau? (The US and China to cross swords?) Golwg, 16 Mawrth 2017.

with Gioula Koutsopanagou, 'Registering the Media into History', Historein (Athens, Greece, in press, forthcoming 2018).

'The Chargola Exodus of 1921: labour militancy and anti-colonial struggle in the Surma Valley’, chapter in Asha Islam (ed), Golden Jubilee Volume, History Association of Bangladesh, Bangladesh History Association, forthcoming December 2017.

‘“One language is quite sufficient for the mass”: metropolitan journalism, the British state and the vernacular periodical press in Wales, 1840-1914’, in David Finkelstein (ed.) Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2, 1800-1900, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2018.


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 organiser of 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 Autònoma 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 Historical Conference, University of 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, University of 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 Annual 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

‘Newspaper reading rooms and civic engagement: a subversive history’, W.T. Stead Lecture, British Library,  21 November 2014

'Beyond the fragments - researching the digitised Victorian newspaper', Keynote Lecture, Communities of Communication Conference II, University of  Edinburgh/National Library of Scotland, 10 September 2015

'The cultural politics of reading nineteenth-century journalism in a digital age', Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece, 26 November 2015

'From cultural diplomacy to the global cultural economy – building the Silk Roads of the future', First Cultural Dialogue on the Chinese ‘One Belt, One Road Initiative’, hosted by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, and co-organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China International Publishing Group, Shaanxi Provincial Government, and the Shaanxi Academy of Social Sciences, Xi’an, Shaanxi, People’s Republic of China, 26-27 September 2016.

'Challenges of Digitisation: the transformation of research in international press history', open lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Northwest University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China, 28 September 2016.

Hou Wai Lu Public Lectures, ‘Thinking Historically: the West and its pasts’, Northwest University, Xi’an, China, March to May 2017. The series included:

‘Public History: adventures in a socially-engaged historical practice’, 22 March 2017

‘Memory and Amnesia: China in the European imagination since 1800’, 12 April 2017

‘Legacies of Postmodernism’, 26 April 2017.

‘Cultural Diplomacy to Cultural Economy - further reflections’, plenary, Third Cultural Dialogue on the Chinese ‘One Belt, One Road Initiative’, Chang’an Symposium, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, PRC, 21 May 2017.

28 June 2017, with Dr Gioula Koutsopanagou, 'Ending the silence - dictatorship in women's periodicals, Greece 1967-74', and concluding Round Table participant, ‘Conflict in the Periodical Press’, 30 June 2017, ESPRit 2017 Conference, IULM University, Milan.



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), Golwg 23 March 2016.

Discussant, special broadcast on 'Greece and the European crisis', Radio 9.84, Athens, Greece, 6-7pm, 12 June 2016.


Current research and publication areas:

The politics of culture in Europe's age of austerity

The history of journalism and communications in Greece


Other research interests include:

International histories of print, media and communication since 1700

History of photography and photojournalism

Inter-cultural and post-colonial history: India and China

History and social theory


Public history

Digital research in the Arts and Humanities.


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(AGJ, updated 3.7.2017)