Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Teesside University
Website URL
Mining Women, Cultural History, Nineteenth Century, Material Culture, Dress History, Local History, Pit Brow Lasses, Bal Maidens, Patch Girls, Tip Girls
Additional Contact Information 07415215800

Personal Info

About Me

Tracey Jones is an AHRC PhD Candidate at Teesside University, UK, supervised by Dr Charlie McGuire, Professor Natasha Vall and Professor Nicola Verdon. Her research investigates female identity by looking specifically at the relationship between dress, occupation and displays of femininity in Victorian mining. Tracey’s PhD thesis ‘Gender and Identity: Representations of femininity and dress in Victorian mining districts in England and Wales’ is a comparative study of the costumes worn by the pit brow lasses of Wigan, bal maidens of Cornwall and patch girls of South Wales.

Tracey has a First from Bishop Grosseteste University in English & History, a Master’s in English Local History from the University of Leicester, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage from the University of Hull.

Recent Publications

On improving Ilfracombe, 1860-1, and the fortunes of Bright’s Intelligencer. (2017), Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries.  May 2018


The Beauty of Her Age: A Tale of Sex, Scandal and Money in Victorian England’ by Jenifer Roberts (2016) – Book review for the Women’s History Network Journal.  Spring 2018


‘What factors make a particular locality historically distinctive, and by what means might such local history now be studied?, The Local Historian. January 2018


Cultural Conflict in Ilfracombe: Fern-collecting, and the Cottage Garden Society’s Prize-Giving Controversy of 1860. (2015) The Devon Historian. Vol. 84


How the sights and sounds of the city made an Impression on one writer. (18.06.2014)  Lincolnshire Echo, pp.60-61


Visions of Conflict: Learning about the War. (03.04.2014) Lincolnshire Echo: Lincolnshire Nostalgia. Edition 2, p.21

Media Coverage
Radio BBC Lincolnshire: Christmas in Lincoln, 1914. Melvyn in the Morning. BBC Radio Lincolnshire 25.12.2014.
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Women