Modern Irish History

Seminar or event series

The Modern Irish History Seminar is a research seminar of the History Faculty of the University of Cambridge. It provides a forum to explore new perspectives in Irish history since 1800. The Seminar is methodologically eclectic and open to cognate disciplines (including geography, sociology, demographics and economics). It does not aim to produce ‘a school’, except in the sense that it is a collective and pluralist endeavor, which encourages diversity and original thinking.

The seminar is generously supported by the Trevelyan Fund of the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, with a contribution from the Embassy of Ireland in London. 

 Convenors: Eugenio Biagini, Niamh Gallagher, Richard Bourke, Charles Read, Sean Campbell, Bronwen Walter, Trisha Kessler, Robert O’Sullivan.



[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED] The politics of commemoration in the U.K. and Ireland: the role of the historian in navigating controversial centenaries

Margaret O’Callaghan (Queen's University, Belfast)
Niamh Gallagher (University of Cambridge)

Homes for Irish Heroes: Post-war Reconstruction, Irish ex-servicemen, and the 1929 Lavery Commission

Fearghal Grace (University of Cambridge)

Horace Plunkett, Bachelor Uncle: Kinship and the Co-operative Movement in Ireland, 1890-1932

Mo Moulton (University of Birmingham)
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Banner image: 45Muriel Brandt, 'The breadline' (c.1950). A reflection on the 1916 Easter Rising, the painting gives pictorial expression to a social critique of the revolution which parallels that expressed by Sean O’Casey in The Plough and the Stars (1926) While the soldiers in the background are the only allusion to the fighting by the GPO, the painting's main themes are the poor – women and children in particular – as both the victims and the survivors of political violence.

Brandt The Breadline 1916