Prisons, Asylums, Workhouses: Institutions in Irish History

A 2-day conference at PRONI, Belfast 13-14 June 2019

This conference seeks to bring together researchers at every level (postgraduate, early career and established) to assess the ‘state of the discipline’ in relation to research on the history of institutions in Ireland. The organisers (Dr Gillian Allmond and Max Meulendijks, QUB; Triona Waters, University of Limerick) would be
particularly interested to receive papers on the following subject areas (papers to be 15 to 20 minutes in length), but all topics relating to institutions will be considered. Panel suggestions are also welcome:
• Sources, archives and oral histories: challenges and opportunities presented by the nature and extent of primary source material
• Materiality of institutions: from the buildings themselves to the shackles and straitjackets that are emblematic of certain institutions
• Spatiality of institutions: how can we understand the internal spaces and external landscapes of Irish institutions?
• Treatments and therapies: what practices, medical and otherwise, were intended to heal and/or reform?
• Institutions as heritage: how are the buildings still remaining in our landscape presented as heritage? How do we deal with the problems that dark heritage presents?
• Patient/inmate voices: how do we get at the experiences and responses of patients and inmates, given the nature of institutional records?
• Emotional history of institutions: how do we write the emotional history of institutions, from the perspective of inmates/patients and as a society?
• Institutions and engagement: how do we engage groups outside academia with the history of institutions.

The call for papers closes on 31st March 2019. Abstracts not exceeding 250 words in length, together with a short biography should be sent to Dr Gillian Allmond at

Full details can be found here:

Cfp: Irish History Students’ Association (IHSA) Conference, 1-3 March 2019

Irish History Students’ Association / Comhaltas na gCumann Staire IHSA Annual Conference 2019 / CCS Comhdháil Bhliantúil

2019 1-3 March,

2019 Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

The Irish History Students’ Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its 69th Annual Conference. Join us from the 1-3 March, 2019 at Mary Immaculate College Campus, located in the centre of the historic Treaty city of Limerick.

Proposals are invited for papers (in English or Irish) on any historical topic or period, from undergraduate/postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute research paper (approx. 2,500-3,000 words) should be submitted, along with a short personal biography of no more than 100 words.

Poster presentations are also invited. Posters should be A0 in size and may encompass any style or theme, similar to the criteria for written papers. Presenters should be prepared to speak for up to 10 minutes regarding their posters, with or without an accompanying short paper.

All proposals should be submitted by email to no later than Thursday, 31 January, 2019. Abstracts and biographies should be submitted in the form of a word document attached to the email and should include: Full Name; Institutional Affiliation (if any) and Paper/Poster title.

Further details will be provided on request by emailing or see the official IHSA 2019 website for regular updates.

A flyer for the call for papers can be found below

Conference: Dáil Eireann: The first hundred years, 1919-2019

The Royal Irish Academy will host a conference exploring the history of Dáil Eireann from 1919 to the present. This will take place on 11 December 2018 at 9.00am-5.30pm


The full programme can be found here: RIA conference

and further details at

Tickets €20/€10 concessions

Explore Your Archive, 17th – 25th November.

The Archives and Records Association’s (ARA) Explore Your Archive campaign is about celebrating local and national heritage and the rich diversity and interconnectedness of local, regional and national documentary heritage. The ARA will run a series of events to celebrate and explore the nation’s archival heritage.

The Irish campaign will be launched on 15 November 2018, at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Full details of events taking place in Ireland and, indeed, across the British Isles, can be found here:

Call for registration: Annual History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Conference

26-27 October 2018

Queen’s University Belfast,

School of Natural and Built Environment.

Registration for the 4th annual HSTM Network Ireland conference is now open. The two-day conference will consist of papers on a range of topics related to the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Ireland and abroad. The keynote speaker will be Nick Hopwood.

For conference registration:

Conference program: HSTM Conference programme 2018

Further details on the HSTM Network Ireland:


Conference: Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern Ireland, 23 November 2018

Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern Ireland

A one-day conference at the
Edward Worth Library.
23 November 2018
in the
Boardroom of Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8.

9.30am-10.00am: Registration.

10.00am-11.00am: Session 1: Collecting Gardens in Early Modern Ireland and the Dutch Republic

Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Librarian of the Edward Worth Library, Dublin): ‘Botany and Gardens at the Edward Worth Library, Dublin’.
Ms Regina Whelan Richardson (Curator of the Fagel Collection, Trinity College, Dublin): ‘Pleasure gardens and gardening for pleasure in the Fagel Collection at the Library of Trinity College Dublin.’

11.00am-11.30am: Coffee break.

11.30am-12.30pm: Session 2: Demesne landscapes in Early Modern Ireland

Dr Finola Reid (Historic Gardens Consultant): ‘Absence of Evidence – surely not! Researches, glimpses and observations from my site work in demesne landscapes.’
Dr Vandra Costello (Independent Scholar), ‘Gothick landscapes in Georgian Ireland’.

12.30pm-2.00pm: Lunch.

2.00pm-3.00pm: Sessions 3: Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Gardens in Dublin.

Dr Terence Reeves-Smyth (Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust): “Vauxhall in Ireland” The Pleasure Grounds of Dublin 1749-1862′.
Ms Madeline Hutchins (Researcher and Event Organiser for the Ellen Hutchins Festival): ‘How did her garden grow? Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815), botanist, West Cork.

3.00-3.30pm: Tea break.

4.00pm: Keynote: Professor Robin Lane Fox (Fellow Emeritus, New College, University of Oxford): ‘Plants and planning: 1580-1680.’

The Edward Worth Library will be open after the keynote lecture up to 6.00pm. A small exhibition of books on gardens will be on display.

Admission is free but booking is required. To book, please e-mail by 10 November 2018.

cfp. The Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Annual Conference 2018

Queen’s University Belfast, 30 November and 1 December 2018

Proposals for papers, or for panels of papers, are solicited for the Annual Conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, which will be held at the Centre for Economic History, Queen’s University Belfast, on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December 2018. There is no conference theme this year; proposals relating to all aspects of economic and social history will be considered.

This year’s Connell Lecture will be delivered by John Turner, Professor of Finance and Financial History at Queen’s University Belfast and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Abstracts of papers and proposals for panels should be sent to Dr Graham Brownlow ( by Friday 5 October 2018. Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words, and panel proposals should include a title, contact details for all speakers and abstracts for all papers to be included in the session.

For more information, please visit our website:

The conference flyer can be found here: eshsi_cfp_2018

cfp. History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland, Annual conference 26-27 October 2018

History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland.
Annual conference 2018
26-27 October 2018
Keynote: Professor Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge) on a visual history of embryos, tentatively titled ‘Why you expect embryos when you’re expecting.’
Hosted at: The School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast.
Call for Papers/Panels:
For its upcoming conference, the HSTM Network invites proposals on all topics in the history of science, technology and medicine, no Irish connection required. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract including five key words, and mention the name and affiliation (unless independent) of the speaker. Individual presentations should be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes afterwards for questions. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract including five key words) ,a chair if possible, and a 100-word panel abstract. In both cases, please have ‘Submission 2018 conference’ as your email subject to help speed things along for us. We aim to confirm acceptance of papers within a month of the call for papers closing date.

Call closing date: 21 June 2018

Address for paper submissions/queries:
Website for registration:
Registration fees: £20 for unwaged/students – £40 for waged.

National Library of Ireland Research Studentship (in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences). Closing date for all applications is Friday 22 June 2018 at 3:00 p.m

Research Studentship

The National Library is an equal opportunities employer
Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras i nGaeilge

Information for Applicants

1. The National Library of Ireland, in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS), is offering a one-year Research Studentship for advanced graduate students (at least second year) or post-doctoral students of Irish history.

2. The student will work in the Manuscripts Department (Special Collections) of the National Library (see Appendix 1).

3. Requirements
The successful candidate will have:

• Strong interpersonal skills and be able to work as part of a team
• Ability to work in an organised and productive way with strong attention to detail
• Ability to meet deadlines and to be able to work on his/her own initiative
• Excellent IT skills.

4. The Studentship is designed to enable a student to undertake intensive study of a selected manuscript collection or collections which he/she might use as a major source in a post-graduate or post-doctoral research programme (see Appendix 1). On completion of the Studentship, it is envisaged that the student will resume his/her research programme and may continue to exploit the collection for its historical content.

5. The Studentship will be for a 12-month period.

6. The successful applicant will be offered a contract of employment by the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

7. The current annual rate of pay applying to the Studentship will be €20,649 per annum accruing 22 day’s annual leave.

8. The Studentship may be terminated by the National Library, at any time, in the event of misconduct by the student or persistent failure for any reason to carry out satisfactorily the duties assigned to him/her.

9. 3 hardcopies of completed application forms should be posted to the Human Resources Unit, National Library of Ireland, 4 Kildare St. Dublin 2.

10. Applications must be made on the official National Library of Ireland application form which can be found online through Only applications submitted on a National Library of Ireland application form will be accepted. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they have submitted their applications on the correct form.

11. The closing date for all applications is Friday 22 June 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after this date. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their completed application form is received on time.

12. Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of the information contained in their application forms.

13. Successful candidates will be required to undergo both health and security clearance.

14. Interviews will be held from the week beginning Monday 13 August 2018. It is the responsibility of applicants to be available for interview on the allotted date.

15. The Library reserves the right to make such enquiries as it considers necessary in relation to an applicant before making an offer of a Studentship to him/her.

National Library of Ireland,
June 2018

Appendix 1

Job Title: Studentship
Temporary Fixed Term Contract
(12 month contract)

Library Department: Manuscripts (Special Collections)

Studentship Programme: The position is being offered under the National Library of Ireland’s studentship programme for post graduates who wish to gain experience of working in a library and an understanding of one of the Library’s unique archival collections.

The student will work in the Manuscripts Department (Special Collections) of the National Library of Ireland.

Main Duties:
• Cataloguing of select manuscript collections and such other collections as may be agreed;
• Learning to catalogue to international standards using MARC 21 and ISAD(G);
• Developing a practical understanding of key aspects of collections management including conservation and digitisation;
• Working with the reader services team developing expert customer service and interpersonal skills;
• Presentations and lectures to visiting groups of students and scholars;
• Provision of assistance to individual researchers with regard to a variety of research queries;
• Contributing a blog on the Research Studentship post to the ICHS website;
• Other duties as appropriate.

The successful candidate will have:
• Strong interpersonal skills and be able to work as part of a team
• Ability to work in an organised and productive way with strong attention to detail
• Ability to meet deadlines and to be able to work on his/her own initiative
• Excellent IT skills.

Learning: From their involvement in the studentship programme, students will:
• have an opportunity to become familiar with the National Library of Ireland’s extensive and important Manuscripts collections;
• gain a practical knowledge of archiving and cataloguing;
• develop a broad understanding of a significant Library/information environment;
• develop customer service skills by assisting the duty archivist.

Manuscript Collections available for the National Library Research Studentship in Irish History, 2018-2019

Fitzmaurice (Acc 3651 & 3852)
Estate and family papers including deeds, rentals, correspondence, political, military and legal papers, mainly 20th c. Includes papers of Major Harman Fitzmaurice of the Royal Irish Rifles.
21 boxes

Greene family, Co. Kildare (Acc. 6406)
Greene Family Papers. Kilkea, Co Kildare. Kilkea Lodge and Millbrook. Drumcondra in Dublin; Clondrinagh in Co Clare. 17th century – 20th century. Leases, Indentures, Account Books, Correspondence of the Greene family and associated families.
21 boxes.

Bagwell (Acc 4035)
Estate papers of the family of Bagwell of Marlfield, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, mainly 19th century, including leases and deeds.
16 Boxes
Coolattin Estate (Acc 3515)
Estate papers of the Fitzwilliam family of Wicklow including deeds, rentals, legal papers and correspondence, 19th and 20th century.
15 Boxes

Waldron Papers (Acc 2843)
Papers of Hubert Waldron, Drumsna, Co Leitrim and other family members, mainly 19th century
15 Boxes