Dr Rachael Jones

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Rachael Jones is the Acting Director of Studies for the MSc in Local History, and a tutor for the Department’s Advanced Diploma in Local History. Her research profile is highly diverse and she has published over 20 papers on crime, women’s studies, landscape history, graveyard studies and political development. Dr Jones’s PhD was from the Aberystwyth University Department of Law and Criminology and was a close-focus, microhistorical study of crime in the old Welsh county of Montgomeryshire. Her MA was from Leicester University’s Centre for Local History and was an investigation into the decline of the Gregynog landed estate. Dr Jones’s book Crime, Courts and Community in Mid-Victorian Wales was published by the University of Wales Press in 2018. Dr Jones has recently been part of a Europe-wide team investigating women’s contribution to boards of directors of high-level sports.

Forthcoming publications (in 2023)

‘The changing face of Whalley Nab: A naturalistic and cultural landscape’ (in North West Geography)

L.E. Salvador (ed.), Analysis of Gender Equality Policies on the Boards of Directors of National Sports Federations: An exploratory analysis.


  • '"The wider aspects of Kampong Kirkby": A new window on the Malayan Teachers' Training College in Lancashire, England, 1952-62', Family and Community History, 25:1 (2022), pp. 20–39.
  • ‘Wild disorder’ in Aberaman: A new window on the political scene in South Wales, 1910–11, Llafur, 13:1, 2022, pp. 61–72.
  • ‘Reconstructing the late nineteenth century landscape and natural habitats of south-west Accrington using the artwork of Thomas Frederick Worrall, North West Geography, 21:2 (2021), pp.18–30.
  • (with K.D.M. Snell) ‘Angels in English and Welsh churchyards and cemetery memorials, 1660–2020’, Family and Community History, 24:2 (2021), pp. 85–119.
  • ‘Darlaston: Growth of a Staffordshire industrial town during the nineteenth century’, Family and Community History, 24: 1 (2021), pp. 43–65.
  • ‘Maria Russell and Syed Ameer Ali: Family, opportunity and an inter-racial relationship in Victorian London’, Family and Community History, 22 (3) (2019), pp. 181–199.
  • ‘Powis Castle kitchen garden: Death and Rebirth’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 107 (2019), pp. 111–124.
  • Crime, Courts and Community in mid-Victorian Wales (University of Wales Press, 2018). Nominated for Stein Book Award 2019
  • ‘William Scott Owen, 1853–1920: an English-born land agent in mid Wales’, Family and Community History, 21 (2018), pp. 82–95.
  • ‘Churchyard memorials, ‘Dispensing with God gradually’: Rustication, decline of the Gothic and the emergence of Art Deco in the British Isles’, Rural History, 29 (2018), pp. 45–80 (co-authored with lead author K.D.M. Snell). 
  • ‘Frank Utten Purchas, 1861–1909: Physician in Wales and descendant of slave owners’, Journal of Medical Biography, https://doi.org/10.1177/0967772018778413 (2018).
  • ‘Angels and profligates: Woosnams, Proctors and the Aberhafesp Estate’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 106 (2018), pp. 67–84.
  • ‘Gender, criminal opportunity and landscape in nineteenth-century Wales, Rural History, 27:2 (2016), pp. 169–185. 
  • ‘Lengthening odds: a history of the Montgomeryshire races’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 104 (2016), pp. 65–72. 

Other publications

  • ‘Welsh war horses in Newtown- a legal case from World War I’ in T.G. Watkin (ed.), The Welsh Legal Triads and Other Essays (Bangor, 2015), pp. 32–50. 
  • ‘Private schools in nineteenth-century Montgomeryshire’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 102 (2014), pp. 121–30. 
  • ‘A Montgomeryshire magistrate and his dairymaid’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 101 (2013), pp. 101–108. 
  • ‘Frank Utten Purchas: Montgomeryshire physician and descendant of slave owners’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 99 (2011), 83–88. 
  • ‘Maria Humphreys-Owen: A Montgomeryshire champion of women’s rights’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 99 (2011), pp. 109–121.