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Prof Bill Jones 


Education & Qualifications

BA Hons in History 1978, University College Cardiff (University of Wales). Upper Second Class Honours.

PhD 1988 University College Cardiff (University of Wales) (thesis entitled ‘Wales in America: Scranton and the Welsh c1860-1920’)

Career Overview

1982-1990 Research Assistant, Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum (National Museum of Wales), Cardiff

1990-1993 Assistant Keeper, Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum (National Museum of Wales), Cardiff

1993-1994 Assistant Staff Tutor, The Open University in Wales

1994 – present Member of staff in the Cardiff School of History and Archaeology (Lecturer 1994, Senior Lecturer 2001, Reader 2007, Chair 2012)

Awards and Prizes

2013: Panel of Judges, BAFTA Cymru Gwyn Alf Williams Award.

2011: Panel of Judges, Cambrian Archaeological Association Blodwen Jarman Prize.

2009: Distinguished Visiting Scholar, History Department, West Virginia University.

2003-4: AHRC Research Leave Scheme Award. Value is £14,000.

1999: Honorary Senior Fellow, History Department, University of Melbourne.

1996-97: Visiting Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia.

1981: Visiting Research Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Membership & External Activity

Association of History Teachers in Wales: Universities Representative on executive committee, 1995-2001; member editorial board Welsh Historian, 1996-99.

British Australian Studies Association: committee member, 1996-2002, President, 2002-04; Vice President, 2004-06; Committee Member, 2006–2009; editorial board, 2010-11

Coleg Cymraeg Network Panel: member, 2006 – .

Glamorgan History Society: council member 2009-11, 2013 - .

Group for Canadian Studies in Wales: committee member, 2006-10; President, 2010–11.

Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society: committee member, 1985-96; Treasurer, 1989-96; editorial board, 2012 -.

MOROL [Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies], council member 2009 - .

National Museum Wales: Convenor, Academic Consultative Committee, ‘Making History’ new gallery development, St Fagans National History Museum, National Museums Wales, 2011-13; Planning Focus Group, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 2002.  

National Planning Committee for 2015 150th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of Welsh colony in Patagonia: committee member and member of Publications sub-committee, 2010 - .

National Welsh American Foundation: trustee, 2012 - .

Open University in Wales: Course Team member, A182 Small Country, Big History Welsh History foundation course, funded by National Assembly Wales, 2007-09.

University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies, History and Law Committee: member, 2000-02; Secretary, 2002-05.

Welsh History Review: editorial board, 2010 - .

Selected Presentations since 2008

2013: Conference paper, Llafur ‘The Cost of Coal: One Hundred Years On From Senghenydd’ Conference, Cardiff.

2013: Lecture, Big Pit National Coal Museum (National Museums, Wales)

2013: Y Ddarlith Flynyddol, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymry America Prifysgol Caerdydd. Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Dinbych (Annual Lecture, Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies, Cardiff University, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbigh). 

2012: Conference paper, Leverhulme funded ‘World of Copper’ Network, Burra, South Australia.

2012: 2 x presentations, North American Festival of Wales, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

2012: Conference paper, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Biennial Conference, Bangor University.

2011: Paper, ‘Y Cymry ar Daith ar Gyfandiroedd America’, Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies Annual Conference, Cardiff University.

2011: Conference paper, Llafur ‘War and Peace’ Conference, Cardiff.

2011: Seminar paper, University of Melbourne.

2010: Conference paper, 5° Foro Internacional sobre los Galeses en la Patagonia, Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

2010: Plenary lecture, VII Encuentro Difusión de Proyectos de Investigación conference, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco at Trelew, Argentina.

2010: Plenary lecture, Jornadas de Debate sobre Identidades en Patagonia conference, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco at Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina.

2010: Paper, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Biennial Conference, Washington DC.

2010: Public lecture, Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre, Wymore, Nebraska, USA.

2010: Anne T. Moore Humanities Lecture, Campbell University, North Carolina.

2010: Keynote Speaker, Annual Charter Day Program, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton.

2010: Seminar paper, Graduate School and Dept. of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

2010: Annual President’s Day Lecture, National Welsh American Foundation.

2010: Paper, ‘Y Cymry a Rhyfeloedd America’, Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies Annual Conference, Cardiff University.

2009: Lecture, Pontypool Family History Society.

2009: Public lecture, Welsh Association, Esquel, Argentina.

2009: Public lecture, St David’s Society, Trelew, Argentina.

2009: Seminar paper, West Virginia University.

2009: Inaugural Otis K. Rice Memorial Lecture, West Virginia University.