The Archivist and the Historian: Common Challenges, Common Opportunities

Friday, 29 October 2021    10am-4pm 

A free online workshop organised by the Irish Association of Professional Historians, in conjunction with the School of History in UCD, and the support of the Archives and Records Association Ireland, the Irish Society of Archivists and the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society.

This workshop will seek to examine the common challenges and common opportunities facing archivists and historians. It will also examine various aspects of the relationship between both professions. Among other things, the workshop will examine how the creation of archives can create histories, how people understand (and misunderstand) the archive, questions surrounding access to archives, archivists and historians’ perceptions of each other (and the need to overcome misperceptions), and finally the possibilities for greater co-operation between both professions.

Speakers and participants in the workshop include Virgina Teehan (CEO, the Heritage Council), Professors Catherine Cox and John McCafferty (UCD), Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne (UCC), Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Kieran Hoare and Dr Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway), Dr Neil Johnston (UK National Archives), Cecile Gordon (Irish Military Archives), Dr Ciarán Wallace (Beyond 2022 project, TCD) and Damien Burke (the Irish Jesuit Archives), Noelle Dowling (Dublin Diocesan Archives).

This online event is free. If you wish to be part of the audience for this event, however, you will need to register by clicking on the link HERE. Registration will be open from 20 September 2021,

The programme can also be seen on the Eventbrite page, and by clicking here: Programme archivist and the historian3


Writing Workshop on 24 September 2021

We are piloting a virtual writing group on Friday 24 September from 3-5pm. The group is intended to help your writing and publication goals, and to foster networking among historians. All are welcome, including IAPH members and non-members, but spaces are limited to twenty people. To register and for more information contact Ann Marie O’Brien at Hope to see you there!

Using Databases for Historical Research

On June 7th 2021, Dr Sam Gibbs of the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study at the University of London, presented IAPH members with a valuable workshop on the key considerations for structuring databases drawn from historical records. Dr Gibbs gave attendees a short but intensive introduction to the importance of formatting data types, relational databases, and how to think about standardising bodies of data for research purposes. It was a very useful and instructive day, and we would hope to have Dr Gibbs back for another workshop in the near future. Thanks to Kiara Gregory for organising the day.

IAPH Members’ Bursaries 2021

The IAPH is pleased to announce the launch of its Members’ Bursaries scheme for 2021. The bursary scheme is open to all members in good standing with the Association.

These bursaries are intended to support the Association’s members in their professional activities and may be used for a range of activities, such as attendance at conferences outside the island of Ireland, publication expenses, or the costs associated with research trips. Bursaries may also be used for professional development activities/training and conference organisation. Two bursaries, valued at €500 each, will be offered for 2021.


The deadline for applications is 8 January 2021. For more details regarding eligibility, and for application forms, please click here.

IAPH Members’ Bursaries 2020

The IAPH is pleased to announce the launch of its Members’ Bursaries scheme for 2020. These bursaries are intended to support the Association’s members in their professional activities and may be used for a range of activities, such as the attendance of conferences outside the island of Ireland, publication expenses, or the costs associated with research trips. Bursaries may also be used for professional development activities/training and conference organisation. Two bursaries, valued at €500 each, will be offered for 2020.


The deadline for applications is 6 January 2020. The bursary must be used during the calendar year 2020. For more details regarding eligibility, and for application forms, please click here.

Using Visual Materials as Historical References

Using Visual Materials as
Historical References

Date: Sat 12th October 2019

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, D02X338


A limited number of places are available for this event

Sign up: Email to reserve a place

Both Members and non-members are asked to ensure they indicate their intention to attend by signing up

Deadline for sign up: 7th October 2019

This event is free to IAPH Members and €7 for non-Members.

Non-members will have the option of paying via PayPal beforehand, or on the day itself.

Tea, Coffee and refreshments to be provided


Can visual materials be historical references? Why should one use images in historical analysis, writings and presentations? What do they say that text does not? How might they, should they or can they be interpreted?

This event, to be held at the RSAI in Dublin, will be a three-hour workshop comprising two parts. The first being a short seminar, which will introduce the attendees to the concept of using visual materials as historical references; visual methodologies; compositions of images; and an introduction to conventions. This will be followed by a hands-on workshop where researchers can engage with their own research images and materials through various methodological perspectives.

The event will be facilitated by four art and visual culture historians from IADT and UCD. It is aimed at professional historians with limited or no experience using visual materials in their research, but we equally welcome more experienced researchers who are willing to further develop their skills and share their insights.


The day’s schedule will be as follows:

1000-1015 – Welcome (Dr Paul Huddie, IAPH Committee)

1015-1115 – Seminar: Using visual materials as historical references, this will comprise four segments:

  • Audiences (Dr Elaine Sisson, IADT);
  • Circulation (Dr Colleen Thomas, UCD);
  • Image (composition) (Dr Roisin Kennedy, UCD);
  • Production (Dr Sherra Murphy, IADT)

1115-1145 – Coffee Break

1145-1300 – Break-out sessions (Drs Sisson, Kennedy, Thomas and Murphy)



Practising Public History: An Introduction

The next IAPH event is a workshop co-organised with the Dublin City Libraries and Archives. It is entitled Practising Public History: An introduction, and will take place on Saturday 22 June, in the Gilbert Library, Pearse Street, between 10 am and c. 2.30pm.


Seven speakers, all of whom have practised Public History in different ways, will speak about their experiences and their activities in this field.

The speakers are Tara Doyle & Mary Muldowney (Historians in residence Programme, Dublin City Council), Orla Egan (Archivist, Cork LGBT Archive), Cecile Gordon (Senior Archivist, Irish Military Archive), David Swift (Living History Group, Claiomh), John Tierney (archaeologist and co-founder of the historic graves project) and Oisín Wall (Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD).

Aside from the presentations, this workshop will also include a tour of the Gilbert Library Reading Room and of the Dublin Camera Club exhibition, where participants will have the chance to view some of the holdings of Dublin City Archives.

The presentations by the above speakers are free for all to attend, and all are welcome. It is not necessary to sign up to attend the talks. Simply turn up on the day.

Please be aware, though, that only a limited number of persons can participate in the tour of the reading room/archive (max 30 persons, divided into two sequential tours of 15 persons)! It is thus necessary to sign up for it. You can do this by emailing

Please keep an eye on the IAPH and DCLA websites, as well as our social media channels, for further updates.









AGM and Annual Public Lecture 2019

The AGM of the Irish Association of Professional Historians will take place in the National Library of Ireland on 17 April 2019 at 5:30pm. All members are welcome to attend.

This will be followed by our Annual Public Lecture in the National Library of Ireland, at 7pm. Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin) will present on ‘late the wife of…’ : Widows and the 1641 Depositions.

All are welcome to attend, but seating is on a “first come, first served” basis.


Public lecture 2019 poster

IAPH funding opportunities 2019

As you know, we recently advertised bursaries for conference organisation and professional development. While the deadline for submission of applications has passed, the available funds have not been fully allocated. As a result, we invite applications for funding, up to a maximum of €250, for any History-related event. Applications will be assessed by the IAPH committee. Preference will be given to events that will benefit the wider community of Professional Historians, or that are directed towards the professional development of IAPH members. Applications for funding can be made by non-IAPH members.

To apply, simply submit a proposal (500 words max) to In your proposal, please provide details of your event (dates, themes, titles, venues, etc.), the use that funding will be put towards, and the goals of your event. All emails should have the subject heading ‘Application for funding’.

All recipients of this funding will be expected to publicly acknowledge the financial assistance received from the IAPH. Applications will be accepted for the remainder of 2019, funding permitting.

IAPH Teaching History Workshop, 6 December 2018, Mary Immaculate College

A half-day workshop on the theme of ‘Teaching History’ will take place in the Tara Building at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (Room T211) on Thursday 6 December 2018. The workshop will begin at 1pm and conclude with a keynote address by Dr Gillian O’Brien, Reader in Modern Irish History at Liverpool John Moores University.

The workshop will discuss the teaching of History at primary, secondary, and third level, as well as outside the formal education system. On the one hand, speakers will discuss policy and curriculum developments over the history of the state. On the other, we will think about ways in which public history, material culture, and the digital space can inform History teaching today. Dr O’Brien’s keynote will reflect more broadly on the value of teaching History, particularly in the context of the removal of History as a core subject in the Junior cycle.

Speakers include Colm MacGearailt (TCD), Dr Darragh Gannon (QUB and IAPH committee), Dr Eilis O’Sullivan (MIC), and Dr Grace O’Keeffe (Maynooth).

The full programme is listed below.

T211, Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Workshop Programme


Registration – Tea/Coffee (12.45–1.00)


Session 1: Historical Perspectives (1.00–2.00)

Dr AnneMarie Brosnan (MIC), History of Education in Primary Schools

Colm Mac Gearailt (TCD), Teaching the Nation’s Past: Irish History in Secondary

Schools, 1924–1969

Jamie Canavan (NUIG), Teaching the History of Childhood


Session 2: Methods and Resources (2.00–2.45)

Dr Eileen O’Sullivan (MIC), Teaching History in Primary Schools

Dr Grace O’Keeffe (MU), Digital Humanities and Primary Sources in the Classroom

Tea/Coffee (2.45–3.30)


Session 3: Museums and Archives (3.30–4.15)

Dr Darragh Gannon (QUB), The National Museum, Material Cultural, and Teaching

Dr Kirsten Mulrennan (UL), UL Special Collections as a Resource for Teaching


Keynote Lecture (4.15–5.30)

Dr Gillian O’Brien (Liverpool John Moores University), The Value of Teaching History


To register, please email


Attendance is free for IAPH members and MIC staff & students. There is a €5 registration charge for non-members of the IAPH (Payment can be made on the day, or using the PayPal button below)


The event is kindly sponsored by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, MIC

The workshop is being organised by Dr Brian Hughes and Kiara Gregory.