The Archivist and the Historian

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Date: 27 October 2017

Time: 10am – 3:30pm

Location: Renehan Hall, Maynooth University (map)

A limited number of places are available for this workshop.

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Fee: Free for members. €7.50 for non-members.

On 27 October IAPH presents a one day workshop entitled ‘The Archivist and the Historian’ in conjunction with Maynooth University Department of History. Here, various aspects of the relationship between archivists and historians will be examined. Among other things, archivists will explain to historians how they go about their job. We will address the most common challenges that researchers pose for archivists while working in an archive and the possibilities for greater co-operation between both sets of professionals.

Speakers and participants include Professor Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University); Dr Jacinta Prunty (Maynooth University); Tom Quinlan (Keeper, National Archives of Ireland); Harriet Wheelock (Archivist, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland); Dr. Elizabeth Mullins (UCD); Dr Ciaran Wallace (TCD, The Virtual Record Treasury Project); Dr Brian Casey (UCD); Dr Benjamin Hazard (UCD); Barbara McCormack (Special Collections and Archives, Maynooth University) and Nicola Kelly (Archivist, Castletown House Archives).



Provisional Programme


10.00-11.30am Morning session I


Harriet Wheelock (RCPI) ‘Working with historians – the perfect prescription? The experience of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Archive’.

Benjamin Hazard (UCD) ‘The Irish Overseas Archive in its early years: a study in the history of archives, 1954-72’.

Barbara McCormack / Nicola Kelly (Maynooth University) ‘Balancing preservation and access to unique and distinctive collections: the role of the custodian’.


11.30-11.45am Coffee break


11.45-13.15pm Morning session II

Brian Casey (UCD)   (On Access and Permission) ‘Perspectives from both sides of the desk: archivists and researchers’.      

Ciarán Wallace (TCD) ‘The Beyond 2022 project – historians and archivists collaborating to reconstruct the destroyed Public Record Office of Ireland.’

Tom Quinlan (NAI) ‘What I ought to do, what I must do, what I do’: the day-to-day reality of being an archivist in central government archives’.


13.15-2.30pm Lunch break


2.30-3.30pm Final session (Roundtable discussion)

Contributors include Dr. Jacinta Prunty (Maynooth University); Prof. Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University); Prof. Elizabeth Mullins (UCD)



Please note this event is free for IAPH members. Email to secure your place.

Non- members charge is 7.50 euro. You can click on ‘Buy now’ below to pay via paypal. Please email first to secure your place.