Staff Profile of Dr Lowri Ann Rees BA, MA, PhD (Wales), PGCertHE (Bangor), FHEA

Lowri Ann Rees
Name
Dr Lowri Ann Rees
Position
Lecturer in Modern History
Email
l.a.rees@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1248 382248
Location
Room 228.2 (G7), Main Arts

Biography

Dr Rees completed her BA, MA and PhD in History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A Lecturer in Modern History at the School of History and Archaeology, Bangor University, her teaching focusses on nineteenth century British history. She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Bangor University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests centre on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Wales, in particular the landed elite and their country estates.

She has published on paternalism and rural protest, the Rebecca Riots, Welsh sojourners in India, and is currently researching upward social mobility in Wales. Dr Rees is Editor of the Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society. She firmly believes that academic engagement with county journals is an important way to disseminate historical findings to interested publics.

You can follow Dr Rees on Twitter @LowriAnnRees

Areas of teaching and supervision

Dr Rees’ teaching concentrates on the history of Britain during the nineteenth century.

Undergraduate:

Part One

  • HXW1010 Wales Since 1789: Hope or Heartbreak? (contributor)

Part Two

  • HTH2160/3160 The Age of Reform: Britain 1770-1835
  • HTH2149/3149 Britannia Rule the Waves: the British Empire and the World, 1780–1914
  • HGH2135/3135 Victorian Britain, 1837-1901
  • HSH3138 The British Country House since 1750: Decadence and Deference
  • HGH9000-0 International Placement Module
  • HWH2070/3070 HWH2071/3071 Work placement module (contributor)
  • Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate:

Taught MA

  • HPH4021 An Open Elite? Nineteenth-Century England and Wales
  • HPH4025 Disseminating Research
  • HPH4005 Themes and Issues (contributor)
  • MA dissertation supervision

MRes supervision

Catrin Wager, ‘Life at the Castle: The Pennant family and the Penrhyn Estate, a catalogue and introduction c.1760–1906’ (completed in 2013) KESS funded project

MPhil supervision

MPhil students (principal supervisor)

Betty Foster, ‘Lone women travellers in the nineteenth century’

PhD supervision

PhD students (principal supervisor)

Siôn Edward Jones, ‘The Welsh Tithe War: A Study in Agrarian Discontent’ (completed in 2017)
Madihah Alfadhli, ‘The Networks of Kuwait Merchants, 1850-1946: Traders from the Gulf to India’ (completed in 2017)
Dr Rees welcomes enquiries from those interested in researching aspects of the eighteenth or nineteenth century, including, but not limited to, studies of rural communities, protest movements, landownership, the country house and lives of the landed elite.

External examining

PhD thesis at Maynooth University (2017)

International experience

Erasmus+ staff mobility: Department of History, Maynooth University (February-March 2017)

Research projects

Wales and the East India Company

This research project seeks to explore the relationship between Wales and the East India Company. It focusses on instances of Company men who sojourned in India, and returned to, or settled in, Wales during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. A key consideration is the way these men, labelled ‘nabobs’ by contemporaries, utilised their new found wealth and connections by purchasing land, property, fashionable goods, and undertaking political, public and charitable duties. The project analyses the impact of imperial exploitation, and aspirations of upward social mobility, on Welsh society. These themes tie in with further publications in preparation.

Project output:

Lowri Ann Rees, ‘Welsh sojourners in India: the East India Company, networks and patronage, c.1760-1840’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45:2 (2017), pp. 165-87. 

Dr Rees was a member of the advisory board for the Leverhulme Trust funded research project ‘The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857’ (2011–14). The project analysed the British country house in a wider global and imperial context. Led by the PI, Professor Margot Finn, the project was based at the Department of History at University College London. For further information about the project, see http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/

Rebecca Riots

Dr Rees has published a number of items on the Rebecca Riots, one of the most famous and striking protest movements in modern Welsh history. These publications largely focus on the experiences of the landed interest during the height of the riots, in the 1830s and 1840s. The theme of paternalism weaves through this work. She has published a broader overview of the impact of the riots on the landed interest of south-west Wales, and a series of case studies of individuals drawn into the riots, ranging from leaders to victims. The nature of their involvement in the riots and their relationship with Rebecca and her daughters are explored, in addition to their responses to the various challenges they faced.

Project outputs:

‘Frustrations and fears: the impact of the Rebecca Riots on the land agent in Carmarthenshire, 1843’, in Lowri Ann Rees, Ciaran J. Reilly and Annie Tindley (eds), The Land Agent: 1700-1920 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)

‘“I serve my God, and I fear not man”: the Rebecca Riots and a female landowner’s response to Welsh rural protest, 1843-44’, in Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan and Christopher Ridgway (eds), Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Four Courts Press, forthcoming)

‘Hughes, John / Jac Tŷ Isha (1819-1905)’, Dictionary of Labour Biography (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) c.5,000 words
Western Mail A New History of Wales series ‘Women in Welsh History: Jane Walters of Glanmedeni and the Rebecca Riots’ (26 January 2017) also published on Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/woman-who-dared-stand-up-12596830

Western Mail A New History of Wales series ‘Objects in Welsh History: The tollgate’ (7 May 2013) also published on Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/welsh-history-month-the-tollgate-3415361
‘Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots and the landed interest of south-west Wales’, Agricultural History Review, lix, 1 (2011), pp. 36–60.

‘Taw ar y News of the World’, Barn (September 2011)

‘”The Wail of Miss Jane”: the Rebecca Riots and Jane Walters of Glanmedeni, 1843–44’, Ceredigion, xv, 3 (2007), pp. 37–68.

Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE)

Dr Rees is a member of the ISWE steering group. A research institute based at Bangor University, ISWE seeks to create a hub for research, scholarly debate and the dissemination of information to the wider community. To date, research into Welsh landed estates has been somewhat neglected, but this is changing. Landed estates are important for the study of Welsh history, not only for their intrinsic social, economic and political significance, but also as potential prisms for investigating themes such as local governance, the structures of land use and ownership.

Bangor University is well-placed to host such a centre in Wales. It hosts an excellent collection of estate records within its Archives and has academic expertise in several Schools, particularly within those of the College of Arts and Humanities, providing an outstanding basis for research.

Further information about ISWE can be found at http://iswe.bangor.ac.uk/ and you can follow ISWE on Twitter @YstadauCymru

Publications

Articles

  • ‘Welsh sojourners in India: the East India Company, networks and patronage, c.1760-1840’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45:2 (2017), pp. 165-87
  • ‘Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots and the landed interest of south-west Wales’, Agricultural History Review, lix, 1 (2011), pp. 36–60
  • ‘”The Wail of Miss Jane”: the Rebecca Riots and Jane Walters of Glanmedeni, 1843–44’, Ceredigion, xv, 3 (2007), pp. 37–68
  • ‘Religious beliefs and drinking habits at Middleton Hall, 1825–75’, Carmarthenshire Antiquarian, xlii (2006), pp. 56–68

Books

  • Lowri Ann Rees, Ciaran J. Reilly and Annie Tindley (eds), The Land Agent: 1700-1920 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
  • A study of imperial wealth in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Wales (in preparation)

Book sections

  • ‘Introduction’, in Lowri Ann Rees, Ciaran J. Reilly and Annie Tindley (eds), The Land Agent: 1700-1920 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Frustrations and fears: the impact of the Rebecca Riots on the land agent in Carmarthenshire, 1843’, in Lowri Ann Rees, Ciaran J. Reilly and Annie Tindley (eds), The Land Agent: 1700-1920 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘“I serve my God, and I fear not man”: the Rebecca Riots and a female landowner’s response to Welsh rural protest, 1843-44’, in Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan and Christopher Ridgway (eds), Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Four Courts Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Hughes, John / Jac Tŷ Isha (1819-1905)’, Dictionary of Labour Biography (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) c.5,000 words
  • ‘Might and spite: the former Middleton Hall estate’ in H. V. Bowen (ed.), Buildings and Places in Welsh History: A New History of Wales (Gwasg Gomer, 2013).

Further publications

Select conference and invited papers

  • Women’s Archive Wales annual conference, Bangor University (October 2016)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Harvard, Cambridge MA (July 2016)
  • ESRC funded workshop ‘Sojourners, Economic Migrants, Expats: Migrations in Global Perspective’, Northumbria University (June 2016)
  • ‘The Land Agent in transnational context’ workshop at Dundee University (October 2015) co-organiser
  •  ‘The South Wales Squires’ ISWE day school at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (June 2015) organiser
  • Yorkshire Country House Partnership seminar (February 2015)
  • Lecture for Y Fainc Sglodion society, Blaenau Ffestiniog (October 2014)
  • Welsh History Forum annual lecture at the National Eisteddfod, Llanelli (August 2014)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Kingston ON, Canada (July 2014)
  • The East India Company at Home end of project conference, University College London (July 2014)
  • Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) research seminar (March 2014) organiser
  • Aberystwyth University organised conference ‘Consumption, 1650-1850’ at Gregynog Hall (February 2014)
  • Land and Power day school at Bangor University (July 2013) organiser
  • Community, Cohesion and Social Stability: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Bangor University (September 2012)
  • Researching Welsh Family Archives c.1500–1850, Gloddaith Hall, Llandudno (August 2011)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Bangor University (July 2012)
  • Inaugural Bangor Conference of Celtic Studies (July 2012)
  • Annual conference of the Social History Society, University of Manchester (April 2011)
  • Aberystwyth University History Research Seminar (November 2010)
  • Bangor University History Research Seminar (October 2010)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Marymount University, Washington DC (July 2010)
  • Visiting Rites: Accessing the English Home, c.1650–1850, University of Northampton (September 2009)
  • Edward Lhuyd International Conference, Aberystwyth (June/July 2009)

Administrative duties within the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology

Modernist Group Leader (2017)

International Officer (2015-present)

Joint Honours Co-ordinator (2015-present)

Admissions Tutor (2012-2014)

Senior Tutor (2011–12)

Disability Officer (2011–12)

Professional body memberships and roles

Steering committee member, History UK (2011-17)

Advisory board member, ‘The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857’, Leverhulme funded project, PI: Professor Margot Finn (2011-14)

Steering committee member, Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (2015-present)

Editor, Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (2015-present)

Member, Anglesey Antiquarian Society (2015-present)