2017-present Curator Limerick Museum with Limerick City and County Council
|Areas of expertise||
The Anglo-Irish landed elite 1700-1921; nineteenth-century Irish politics; urban history; local government; chambers of commerce; death and cemeteries; Irish textiles industry, especially lace and tweed; local history of Limerick, Donegal, West Cork and Roscommon; modern Ireland.
Museum; heritage; Anglo-Irish; landed elite; landlords; William Monsell; Irish Liberal Party; urban history; local government; municipal councils; borough corporations; chamber of commerce; death; burial; cemeteries; textiles industry; lace; tweed; Limerick; Donegal; West Cork; Clonakilty; Skibbereen; Boyle; Roscommon; modern Ireland
Matthew Potter (Professional Historian)
BA in History University of London (First Class Honours) 1989
2017-present: Curator of Limerick Museum
1. Historical advisor to Limerick City Council. I have acted as a consultant and produced reports for Limerick City Council on a number of matters including the Honorary Freedom of the City, the Mayoralty and other civic traditions. In 2009, on my recommendation, the coat-of-arms of Limerick City Council were officially registered with the Chief Herald of Ireland. In addition I have edited and updated two booklets for the City Council: one on the mayors, bailiffs, sheriffs, and recipients of the honorary freedom of the city and the other on the principal mayoral chain.
|Management & Administrative experience||
Established in 1907 and opened in 1916, Limerick Museum is one of the oldest local authority museums in the state. As curator of the Museum I manage its collections of artefacts, one of the largest in Ireland. This includes dealing with the acquisition, care and display of items with the aim of informing and educating the public. My duties include other activities, such as public relations, marketing, fundraising and education programmes. I also prepare budgets, manage staff and build relationships with both internal and external partners and stakeholders.
In 2016 I co-curated an exhibition on Limerick in 1916. In 2015 I co-curated an exhibition on Limerick’s military heritage, 1691-1918. In April 2014, I co-curated two exhibitions marking the merger of Limerick City and County Councils, dealing with their respective histories. From 2003- 2006, as Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with Limerick City Council, my role included raising funds, organising the publication of two books and arranging for their distribution. I have also organised two conferences in the University of Limerick.
Courses taught include: Education and Society in Modern Ireland; Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland 1800-1922; Introduction to Irish History from 1800 to the Present; Early Modern Europe; Early Modern Ireland; Imperialism and Decolonisation 1492-1997; Early Modern America and Modern/Contemporary Ireland.
1.Public lectures to various groups, including local history societies, university history societies and in public libraries.
|Committees & Associations||
Member of the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society
1. In 2016, I was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Department of History, University of Limerick for a three-year term. The University of Limerick Adjunct Appointment process is designed to recognise individuals of superior achievement and distinction in their primary professional endeavours, who have been recognised by peers as outstanding in their fields and who make a significant contribution to the University of Limerick (UL) through teaching, mentoring, research programmes and Faculty development activities.
2. €215,000 in Research Funding to Date
I am a member of Toastmasters International since 2003 and have served President, Secretary and PRO of Raheen Toastmasters Club. Toastmasters International is an educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. It has helped me to become a successful public speaker, an effective communicator and an assured and confident leader.
1. ‘Local Government in County Westmeath (1542-2019)’ in Seamus O’Brien (ed.), Westmeath – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2022), pp 377-99.
2. ‘Local Government in County Leitrim 1585-2014’ in Liam Kelly and Brendan Scott (eds.), Leitrim – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2018), pp 535-51.
3. ‘Local Government in County Roscommon’ in Richie Farrell, Kieran O’Conor and Matthew Potter (eds.), Roscommon – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2018), pp 279-99.
4. ‘Local Government in Monaghan 1585-2014’ in Patrick J Duffy and Eamonn Ó Ciardha (eds.), Monaghan – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2018), pp 367-82.
5. ‘Municipal Social Housing in Ireland, 1866-1914’ in Georgina Laragy, Olwen Purdue and Jonathan Jeffrey Wright (eds.), Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018), pp 42-60.
6. ‘The Establishment and Evolution of Limerick City Municipal Library, 1889-1938’ in Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds.), Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, 2016), pp 99-116.
7. ‘In the Shadow of Castle and Abbey: Aspects of the History of Donegal Town since 1600’ in John Cunningham and Niall Ó Ciosáin (eds.), Culture and Society in Ireland since 1750: Essays in Honour of Gearóid O Tuathaigh (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2015), pp 131-43.
8. ‘The most important town in Mayo: Local Government in Ballina since 1723’ in Gerard Moran and Nollaig Ó Muiraíle (eds.), Mayo – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2014), pp 257-76.
9. ‘The Tuam Charter of 1613’ in Glimpses of Tuam Through the Centuries, Proceedings of a Seminar, 28th September 2013 (Tuam: Old Tuam Society, 2014), pp 35-43.
10. ‘The Most Perfect Specimen of Civilised Nature: the Shannon Estuary Group- Elite Theory and Practice’ in Ciaran O’Neill (ed.) Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp 113-24.
11. ‘Keeping an Eye on the Tsar: Frederick Potter and the Skibbereen Eagle’ in Kevin Rafter (ed.), Irish Journalism before Independence, More a Disease than a Profession (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2011), pp 49-61.
12. ‘The Evolution of Local Government in Limerick City Since 1800’ in Liam Irwin, Gearóid O Tuathaigh and Matthew Potter (eds.), Limerick – History and Society Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2009), pp 401-35.
13. Entry on ‘William Monsell’ in James Maguire and James Quinn (eds.), Dictionary of Irish Biography, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
14. ‘The Urban Local State in Scotland and Ireland to 1900: Parallels and Contrasts’ in Frank Ferguson and James McConnel (eds.), Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp 108-18.
15. ‘A Roman Catholic Francophile Anglo-Irishman: William Monsell 1812-94’ in Colin Graham and Leon Litvack (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the Nineteenth Century, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), pp 77-88.
16. ‘Limerick Corporation and the Economy of the Medieval City’ in David Lee and Debbie Jacobs (eds.), Made in Limerick. Vol. II, A History of Trades, Industries and Commerce, (Limerick: Limerick Civic Trust, 2006), pp 31-50.
17. ‘Limerick City Halls’ in David Lee and Debbie Jacobs (eds.), Made in Limerick. Vol. II, A History of Trades, Industries and Commerce, (Limerick: Limerick Civic Trust, 2006), pp 65-73.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
1. ‘The Landed Families of Ballybrown’ in North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Vol. 58 (2018), pp 133-44.