20 Jul 2017

Professor Pierce Grace, past graduate of the MA Local History programme, recently had his article entitled 'Patronage and health care in eighteenth-century Irish county infirmaries' published in Irish Historical Studies (2017), 41 (159), 1–21. You can read his article here

12 Jul 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Stephen Griffin on his recent award of a Pre-Doctoral Richard Plaschka Fellowship by the OeAD GmbH, the Austrian service centre for European and international mobility and cooperation programmes in the fields of education, science and research.Recipients of Plaschka grants can work as visiting researchers at university departments and carry out specialist studies in libraries, archives or at research institutions. Fellowships are awarded in the field of Humanities for History and Archaeology and the grant itself is named after the Austrian historian, who died in 2001 and who worked at the University of Vienna as a university professor for Eastern European history from 1967 to 1993.Applications are open to both Pre-doctoral fellows and Postdoctoral researchers who are occupied with Austria-related topics.Stephen's award will allow him to visit the University of Vienna to conduct research at the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv over the coming academic year.

03 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Dr Ciara Breathnach on her appointment to the National Archives Advisory Council. See full list here

09 Jun 2017

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Department of History, was at Durham University recently for the ‘Conflict, healing, and the arts in the long nineteenth century’ Conference hosted by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS). This conference investigated ways in which the arts – materially, sonically, and aesthetically – promoted, transformed, and negated experiences of healing for soldiers, civilians, and communities between 1774 and 1918 across European Empires, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. ‘Healing’ was considered in a broad sense, including both physical and psychological healing occurring at personal and inter- and intra-cultural levels.

The conference took place at Durham Castle, home to the university’s oldest college. In addition to networking, and conducting fieldwork on arts and music therapies, Dr Mullaney-Dignam chaired a panel on healing, gender, and patient experiences during the First World War. The papers discussed bandsmen, stretcher-bearers, and the defence of masculinity in French and British memoirs; arts, crafts and care in the First Australian Auxiliary Hospital in England; music, healing, and masculinity in war-time Wales.

Dr Mullaney-Dignam’s research activity at Durham was funded by an AHSS Faculty Research Committee Funding Award.

09 Jun 2017

On 25 May 2017, Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Department of History, spoke at a colloquium on ‘Historical debates within arts scholarship and practice’ at the University of Glasgow. The event was organised by the Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN) which is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss and investigate new approaches in using eighteenth-century arts educational materials.

Dr Mullaney-Dignam is the only international core network member. She presented a paper entitled ‘Hidden histories: arts, education, and élite Irish household records’ which drew on her published case studies of the related FitzGerald and Conolly families in Co. Kildare. It considered the role of arts scholarship in enhancing historical accounts, particularly as these aspects of the past have tended to fall outside what has been monumentalised as historically significant. Issues relating to the historiography of music in Ireland and the challenges of constructing historical narratives from ‘silent’ primary sources removed from practice-based or performance contexts were also outlined.

The purpose of the colloquium, the first of three proposed for 2017 and 2018, was to consider current methodologies in using eighteenth-century education sources, especially for the purposes of practice-based research, and the possible challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary collaborations with other arts subjects. Relevant items from Special Collections at the University of Glasgow Library were displayed in the colloquium presentation space and discussed by presenters. The evening ended with a participatory social exercise: learning late eighteenth-century group dances to music supplied by members of Concerto Caledonia’s Dance Band! The following day,

Dr Mullaney-Dignam attended a meeting of the core network at the University to discuss future network events, including a workshop series commencing in September 2017, necessary areas of research, and the future of the network. Information on the aims of EAERN can be found on the website: as well as on the EAERN Facebook page and Twitter @EAERNing Dr Mullaney-Dignam’s research activity at Glasgow was funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Limerick’s AHSS Faculty Research Committee.