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Simon Gallaher

PhD student

Christ's College
St Andrew's Street

Cambridge CB2 3BU


I'm researching 'The welfare of children and childhood under the Irish Poor Law'.  The thesis examines the application of competing understandings of childhood to pauper children and how these social constructs influenced poor relief policies within the areas of relief demographics, family structure, education, health and mortality, and institutionalization.

I completed a BA in History from Queen's University Belfast and an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge.

Supervisors: Professor Eugenio Biagini and Dr Samantha Williams


  • 'Grim scars: workhouse children and famine legacy', Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland, Quinnipiac University, CT USA, 15 Jun. 2017
  • 'Childhood and state institutional care in Ireland', 4th International PhD Conference in Irish Studies, KU Leuven, 1 Sep. 2016
  • 'Education under the Irish Poor Law', Modern Irish History Seminar, University of Cambridge, 27 Apr. 2016
  • 'Workhouses in County Antrim', Libraries NI Public History Series, Ballymena Central Library, 10 Mar. 2016
  • 'Workhouse populations in nineteenth-century Ireland: family structure and survival', Cambridge-Edinburgh Conference - New Perspectives in Modern Irish History, University of Cambridge, 28 Jan. 2016
  • 'The Admission of Children to the Workhouse in County Antrim, 1850-1914', History Staff-Postgraduate Seminar, Queen's University Belfast, 30 Oct. 2015

Research Interests

  • Welfare, poverty, and poor relief
  • Childhood and family history


  • HAP, Paper 10, Paper 11

Other Professional Activities

  • Modern British History Graduate Workshop
  • Modern Irish History Seminar


  • Academic related
  • Modern British History