Dr Evan T Jones

M.A.(Edin.), M.A,(York), Ph.D.(Edin.)

  • BS8 1TB

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Personal profile

Research interests

Office: 1.42, 13 Woodland Road

Phone: +44 (0)117 928 8971

Email: evan.jones@bristol.ac.uk

I specialise in late medieval -early modern maritime history, particularly in relation to Bristol. My current research interests lie in three main areas:

  • Bristol's fifteenth-sixteenth century exploration voyages. I have written or collaborated in the writing of several articles as part of my Cabot Project. I am currently writing a major book on this subject along with my chief collaborator, Margaret Condon.
  • The illicit trade of early modern England. I have written a book on this subject, with my work also featuring in a number of popular publications, including programmes on Radio 4 and articles in BBC History Magazine.
  • Irish overseas trade and economic development in the sixteenth century. This research is connected to my former ESRC-funded project Ireland-Bristol Trade in the Sixteenth Century (2006-2008). This project has led to two books and a number of articles to date. I am currently writing an article based on this subject on the development of Anglo-Irish trade in the Tudor period.

Research supervision

I welcome proposals on the social or economic aspects of Bristol's medieval or early modern past. I would also be happy to supervise work on the maritime history of these periods. I have supervised or co-supervised eight research students to completion and am currently involved in supervising several others.

Completed theses:

  • David Sivier, 'The development of Bridgwater in the medieval and early modern period' (PhD, 2013), co-supervisor with Mark Horton
  • Alex Higgins, 'The establishment of the Port of Gloucester, 1576-84' (MPhil, 2013)
  • Claire Tremlett, 'The rise of sartorial consumerism in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England’ (MPhil, 2013)
  • Richard Stone, 'The overseas trade of Bristol in the seventeenth century' (PhD, 2012)
  • Chris Heal, 'The hatting industry of Bristol & South Gloucestershire, 1540-1900' (PhD, 2012), co-supervisor with Richard Sheldon
  • Susan Flavin, 'Consumption and Material Culture in Sixteenth-Century Ireland' (PhD, 2011)
  • Duncan Taylor, 'Sixteenth-century maritime trade of the smaller ports of the Bristol Channel' (PhD, 2010)
  • David Jones, ‘John Whitson (c.1557-1629): ‘the best type of merchant’?’ (MPhil, 2006)


Much of my teaching is in the field of economic and social history - broadly defined. Engaging undergraduate students in ambitious research and public engagement projects is a particular concern, which Bristol's BA programme facilitates. Examples of publishable work completed by my UG students can be found on my Smugglers' City website, on the Department website and in refereed journals, such as Early Theatre

  • Special Field: 'The Smugglers' City'
  • Reflective History unit: 'Discovering America'
  • Lecture Response Unit: 'Drink: A History'
  • Lecture Response Unit: 'Tudor Britain'
  • Outline unit: 'Early Modern World' (coordinator)

Selected publications

Electronic publications

I have published a number his annotated document transcriptions through the Bristol Repository of Scholarly Eprints (ROSE) and PURE for the use of both my students and other researchers. Examples include:

My unpublished thesis is also available online:


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