HSTM Network Ireland, online seminar series, 2 November 2022. Dr Elizabeth Crilly MSc. PGCE. MInstP, ‘Sir Hans Sloane – A modern day scientist?’

Place: Online

Date and time: 2 November 2022, 15.00-16.00 hrs (GMT)

For more details and to register please follow this link:  https://hstmnetworkireland.org/2022/10/25/hstm-seminar-series-2nd-november-2022/

Abstract: Sir Hans Sloane was a botanist and physician and famed as a collector of curiosities. He left his collection of over 71,000 items to the state for the set up of the world’s first public museum, The British Museum. The vast collection was later spilt to form the foundation of the British Library and the Natural History Museum London.  President of the Royal Society and President of the Royal College of Physicians.  And he was from Killyleagh, Co Down. N. Ireland. Yet his name is not one we are familiar with as a scientist. 

Speaker Biography: Elizabeth studied Pure and Applied Physics at Queens University Belfast, going on to study Medical Physics. She has had a successful and varied career holding a number of research positions in industry and with Aberdeen, Leeds, Hull and Cambridge Universities. She left Cambridge in 2019 after positions as Director of STEM Team East in Cambridgeshire and Board Director of the Cambridge Science Centre,  promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to set up the Sir Hans Sloane Centre in Killyleagh, Co Down.

Robert Boyle Summer School 2022: Science and Colonialism

In the past few years many universities and other institutions have been forced to address their colonial pasts. Statues and commemorations have been particular focus. But the history of modern science is intertwined with colonisation. We believe that it timely to start a conversation in Ireland about Science and Colonialism. Join us at the 10th Robert Boyle Summer School where we will reflect on how our own experience as colonised affected our scientific development, Ireland participated in the British Empire and how this is reflected in our scientific heritage colonial legacy continues to disadvantage countries and what we need to do about it.

To encourage a return to in-person events, we are waiving the attendance fee this year. The full line up of speakers and booking information is at


Cfp. ‘Irish Women’s and Gendered Networks and Communities from the Medieval to the Modern Period’ Women’s History Association of Ireland conference

The annual Women’s History Association of Ireland conference will be hosted by the Department of History, University of Limerick and the Department of History, Mary Immaculate College on 7-8 April 2022.

The organising committee requests papers and panel proposals on the theme of ‘Irish women’s and gendered networks and communities from the medieval to the modern period’.

Abstracts (between 250-300 words) and a short bio should be send to WHAT2022conference@gmail.com on or before 17 December 2021.

For full details please go to https://womenshistoryassociation.com/

The Archivist and the Historian: Common Challenges, Common Opportunities, 29 Oct. 10am – 4 pm.

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).

For further details and to register, please follow this link: http://irishhistorians.ie/2021/09/the-archivist-and-the-historian-common-challenges-common-opportunities/

Cfp. Irish Civil War National Conference, UCC,

On 15-18 June 2022, University College Cork will host the Irish Civil War National Conference, to mark the centenary of the opening of hostilities at the Four Courts in Dublin. Working with the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, this conference will align with the core principles of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations by encouraging, ‘multiple and plural’ perspectives on complex and contested events. The four-day conference will seek to explore political, social, cultural, military, and economic dimensions to the Irish Civil war. It will also locate the Irish experience within the broader context of similar national, imperial and European political realignments following the end of the Great War. Wider historiographical and theoretical perspectives on the phenomenon of civil war, as experienced both before and since 1922-23, will also be invited to place the Irish Civil War within broader chronological and geographical frameworks. The conference will seek, neither a single agreed narrative, nor indeed a sense of ‘closure’. Instead it will attempt to gather the fruits of on-going historical research in what the Expert Advisory Group describes as, ‘meaningful engagements with a difficult and traumatic time’.

Short papers of 20 minutes’ duration are invited on topics related to the Irish Civil War and its broader contexts. To submit a proposal, please register at the conference portal, and provide a proposal title, 250-word abstract and brief (100 word) speaker’s biography. Submission deadline is 1 December 2020.

For further details on the conference and paper submission see:

NLI/ICHS Research Studentship

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.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of applications is 3:00 pm on Friday 18 June 2021.

For further information about the role and how to apply can be found here: