Historian in Residence 2021


As part of the Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme, applications are invited for the role of Historian in Residence 2021. The residency is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in partnership with Louth County Council.

The Historian in Residence will be expected to develop and deliver a commemorative programme which will align with national policy and national commemorative projects, but with a focus on County Louth and its border with counties Armagh and Down.

The role will commence on 19th April 2021. The role will finish on 31st October 2021.


The successful applicant will receive a payment of €8,000. This will be paid in three instalments and includes all expenses. Applicants must be tax compliant and provide a Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN) and Tax Reference Number and hold their own insurance cover. The successful applicant will be expected to use their own phone and laptop whilst delivering this role.

The Historian in Residence will mainly work from home but will be required to make regular visits to Dundalk reference library and Louth County Archives to access collections.

Services to be Delivered

The Historian in Residence will be required to:

  • Produce a minimum of 10 blog posts. The blog posts must focus on historical events from across County Louth (and immediately adjacent areas, where these caused an impact within County Louth) which occurred during this period of history.
  • Undertake five pieces of micro-research, where the Historian in Residence will analyse specific individuals, streets, villages, communities, and businesses within the county and explore the impact of historical events from this period of history on them.
  • Create content for a minimum of six podcasts on the history of people, events, and places in Louth during this period of history.
  • Working with local primary school teachers and library staff, the Historian in Residence will create teacher resource packs for the primary school module; '1916 and the formation of the State', utilising local resources e.g. newspapers and pictures and archives.
  • Curate a series of lectures - minimum of ten - at council venues across the county, including talks within Libraries, the County Museum, and Archives. The lectures will include at least one virtual talk and one Irish language talk.
  • Curate a two-day cross-border symposium in October 2021.

Please note that all events and activities should be inclusive, appropriate, and sensitive. Also, all activities must be delivered in line with guidance relating to Covid-19.

The Historian in Residence will be expected to work with Louth County Council staff to adapt the programme should Covid-19 restrictions mean that the public is unable to physically attend lectures or the symposium.

The Historian in Residence will have a resources budget of €7,000 to deliver these activities and lectures. All expenditure must follow Louth County Council procurement guidelines and the Historian in Residence will be expected to liaise with library managers in relation to programming and budgets.

Application Process

The Historian in Residence will be selected following a two-stage process. Only candidates who meet the essential criteria outlined below will proceed to the award stage.

Essential Requirements

To progress to the award stage, applicants must demonstrate on one A4 page (using Arial font, size 12) how they meet the essential criteria, which are:

  • Proven track record in research
  • Provide contact details for two referees

Award Criteria

Applicants should provide a written response to the questions below. Responses must be submitted, by email, on a maximum of three A4 pages (using Arial font, size 12) to sean.beattie@louthcoco.ie before 4PM on Thursday 1st April 2021.

  • Demonstrate experience in researching and producing content on events in Ireland between 1916 and 1923 (25 Marks)
  • Demonstrate experience in creating content for blogs and/or podcasts (10 Marks)
  • Detail how you would further deliver this role. (65 Marks)

If you require further information on the role or selection process, please send your queries to sean.beattie@louthcoco.ie