Aled Gruffydd Jones

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Aled Gruffydd Jones (born 1955) was Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History and Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University until 2013. From 2013[1][2] to August 2015,[3] he was chief executive and librarian of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth of which he had been vice president since May 2012.[4]


Jones was educated at Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech, Wales, and the University of York, where he met and later married political sociologist and writer Yasmin Ali (b. 1957). He holds a doctorate from the University of Warwick (1982).

In 1979 he was appointed by Professor Sir Rees Davies to a tutorship in Modern History at Aberystwyth University and, in 1994, became the first head of the newly merged Department of History and Welsh History.

In 1987, Jones was a co-founder and chair of the Welsh film and video arts collective, Creu Cof, and in 1989 was one of the organisers of the first Welsh International Film Festival at Aberystwyth (Identities / Hunaniaethau). He has contributed extensively to Welsh and English-language print journalism, TV and radio broadcasting.[5]

He was joint editor of the Welsh social-history journal Llafur ("Labour") from 1986 to 1992; literary director (modern) of the Royal Historical Society, and editor of Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, from 2000 to 2004. In 2003 he succeeded Professor Kenneth O. Morgan as editor (modern) of the Welsh History Review. From 2005 to 2007 he advised the British Library on its newspaper digitization project, and has been a member of the History panel of both the Research Assessment Exercise (2008) and the Research Excellence Framework (2014). In 2009 He was appointed a trustee of the National Library of Wales and, in 2010, served as the higher-education representative on the Deputy Minister’s Expert Panel on Research and Development, Welsh Assembly Government. He is a director of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the National College for Welsh Medium Learning in Higher Education) (2011). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Asiatic Society.[6]


Jones has written on the social and cultural history of journalism and on the relationship between Wales, the British Empire and the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Publications include:

  • Associate Editor, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, Academia Press/British Library, 2009
  • 'Culture, "race" and the missionary public in mid-Victorian Wales', Journal of Victorian Culture, November 2005
  • 'The transforming gaze: the photography of Welsh Christians in Sylhet, India, 1890-1947', Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), December 2004
  • Entries in the Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (2003), and the New Dictionary of National Biography (2004)
  • (with William D. Jones) ‘The Welsh World and the British Empire, c. 1851–1939: an exploration’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. xxxi, 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
  • (with William D. Jones) Welsh Reflections. Y Drych and America, 1851–2001, Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2001, (xiv, 198)
  • ‘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 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, 379-404
  • Powers of the Press. Newspapers, Power and the Public in Nineteenth-Century England, Scolar Press, 1996
  • Press, Politics and Society. A history of journalism in Wales, University of Wales Press, 1993
  • Editor (with Laurel Brake and Lionel Madden), Investigating Victorian Journalism, Macmillan, 1990, 210


  1. ^ 'New National Librarian' - Newsletter of the University of Aberystwyth 25 February 2013
  2. ^ NLW Board Minutes, 27 September 2013 at National Library of Wales, 27 September 2013
  3. ^ "Library chief executive to step down from position". Cambrian News, 22 July 2015
  4. ^ News archive of the University of Aberystwyth, 13 April 2012
  5. ^ "Robert Owen". S4C. 2006. 
  6. ^ "Jones, Aled G.". Aberystwyth University. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Andrew M. Green
Librarian of the National Library of Wales
Succeeded by
Linda Tomos