Welsh Migrants in Global Contexts
Welsh migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had a distinctive impact worldwide, producing a Welsh diaspora global in extent. Professor Bill Jones’s work on Welsh transnational experience shapes public approaches to Welsh culture, particularly in North America, underpinning exhibitions in the heritage sector, and engaging with diverse audiences and professionals to enhance understanding of the Welsh diaspora. As an advisor/collaborator with a range of English and Welsh language media companies, Jones contributes to numerous productions across traditional and digital media platform, including programmes for BBC 1, S4C and BBC Radio. Jones’s collaboration with the Anthracite Heritage Museum (Scranton, Pennsylvania) was central to the development of a touring exhibition on the ‘Welsh in America’, which visited 8 states and 16 different sites. In collaboration with BAFTA award-winning director Colin Thomas, Jones has also developed the content for The Dragon and the Eagle, which will form the focus for a new online cross-platform virtual book combining video and text. His expertise is central to informing modern understandings of Welsh communities overseas, and to communicating the global horizons of Welsh migrants.