Jennifer Protheroe-Jones

Contact Details

Jennifer Protheroe-Jones
National Waterfront Museum

Oystermouth Road
Maritime Quarter
Swansea SA1 3RD

Phone: +44 (0)1792 63 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

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.