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 info@iaph.ie


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.