Jennifer Protheroe-Jones

Contact Details

Jennifer Protheroe-Jones
National Waterfront Museum

Oystermouth Road
Maritime Quarter

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3630

Staff Name

Jennifer Protheroe-Jones

Job Title

Principal Curator - Industry

Areas of Responsibility:

Mining and smelting of metals in Wales and ancillary industries, mainly post-1700; tramroad, early railway and canal collections; stationary engines and prime movers collections; working replica of Richard Trevithick’s 1804 Penydarren locomotive.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc Geology (Wales); trustee and vice-chair Dyfed Archaeological Trust; member of the Welsh Industrial Archaeology Panel of Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; trustee of the The Kidwelly Heritage Centre and Tinplate Museum Trust; member of the editorial panel of the Welsh Mines Society Journal; member of the advisory panel of Llanelli Community Heritage.

Research Interests

Quantifying human and natural degradation of non-ferrous metal mine sites in the Welsh uplands; dating the introduction of gunpowder to Welsh mines; quantifying the Welsh component of the nineteenth century international copper smelting industry; invention and international diffusion of electrolytic copper refining; bibliography and historiography of Welsh metalliferous industries; compilation of a gazetteer of Welsh smelting and metal processing sites operating from c. AD 1500 to the present; Welsh contributions to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century copper smelting technology and their international diffusion; evolution of the iron smelting blast furnace and its ancillaries in nineteenth-century Wales. 


Bibliographies, blast furnaces, copper smelting, copper trade, electrolytic refining, gazetteers, gunpowder, iron smelting, non-ferrous metal mining, technology transfer, Wales.

Selected Publications

Protheroe-Jones, J., “Introduction to Welsh pigs and ingots from the 18th century to the early 20th century: part.1: introduction; copper ingots”, South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society Bulletin, no.138, June 2020, pp.7-9.

Guy, A., M.Bailey, D.Gwyn, J.Protheroe Jones, M.Lewis, J.Liffen & J.Rees, “Penydarren re-examined”, A, Couls (ed) Early Railways 6: proceedings of the sixth international early railways conference, Milton Keynes: Six Martlets Publishing, 2019, pp.147-193

Protheroe-Jones, J., P.J.Mackey & A.E.Wraith, “The Pembrey electrorefinery: technological innovation and realization in the Victorian era”, Proceedings of the 58th conference of metallurgists hosting Copper 2019, Vancouver: Metallurgy & Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 2019, paginated 1-4.

Wraith, A.E., P.J.Mackey & J.Protheroe-Jones, “Origins of electro-refining: birth of the technology and the world’s first commercial electrorefinery”, Proceedings of the 58th conference of metallurgists hosting Copper 2019, Vancouver: Metallurgy & Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 2019, paginated 1-15.

Protheroe-Jones, J., “Mud, wood, stone – and more mud: building and operating port facilities in Carmarthenshire”, South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society Bulletin, no.136, November 2019, pp.2-11.

Murphy, F., H.Wilson & R.Protheroe JonesFrongoch Metal Mine, Ceredigion: archaeological fieldwork 2014-2015 (Dyfed Archaeological Trust report no. 2015/30), Llandeilo: Dyfed Archaeological Trust, 2015.

Protheroe Jones, R., “Printing collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales”, Printing History News: the newsletter of the National Printing Heritage Trust, Printing Historical Society and Friends of St.Bride Library, no.45, winter 2014, pp.2-4.

Poucher, P. & Protheroe Jones, R. 2013. Ystalyfera Iron and Tinplate Works, Ystalyfera: archaeological excavation 2011, Report no. 2013/06 (Llandeilo: Dyfed Archaeological Trust).

Protheroe Jones, R. 2011. The Mynydd Parys copper mines. In J. Randall. Golden venture: an artist’s residency at Parys Mountain Copper Mines (Swansea: National Waterfront Museum & Jill Randall), 8-9.

Protheroe Jones, R. 2008. Iron and Steel. In J. Edwards (ed.) Tinopolis: aspects of Llanelli’s tinplate trade (Llanelli: Llanelli Civic Society), 94-107.

Protheroe Jones, R. 2007. The Company of Mine Adventurers: a bibliography of contemporary publications, 1693-1737. In D. Linton (ed.). The Lode of History: Proceedings of the Welsh Mines Society Conference 2007, Welsh Mines and Mining no.1 (Llanaber: Welsh Mines Society), 31-54.

Craig, R., Protheroe Jones, R. & M.V. Symons, 2002. The industrial and maritime history of Llanelli and Burry Port, 1750 to 2000, Carmarthen: Carmarthenshire County Council.

Protheroe Jones, R. 1995. Welsh steel, Cardiff: National Museum of Wales.