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Historian in Residence Grant 2020


As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, applications are invited for the Historian in Residence Grant 2020.

The residency is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Westmeath County Council.

The Commemorative Programme will align with national policy and national commemorative projects, but it will ultimately focus on County Westmeath and environs. The aim of the programme in Westmeath is to mark the centenaries within the county in the most appropriate fashion. The intention is to create a legacy of research and/or cultural material for future generations which can be accessed online.

The delivery of the programme should be inclusive, appropriate and sensitive and should utilise technology to ensure that the Decade of Centenaries can be commemorated safely in line with restrictions around COVID 19.


The total grant available is €5,000 and will be paid in four instalments to include 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.

Brief: Historian in Residence

The Historian in Residence should have a proven track record in historical research and creation of digital content. Given the restrictions in place with COVID 19, there will be an emphasis on creating material for a digital platform. It is essential that the applicant is experienced in digital media and can provide examples of their work to date.

The Historian in Residence will develop a comprehensive programme for consideration, with final approval by the Westmeath Culture Team.

The successful applicant should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period of the Decade of Commemorations era (1912 – 1923), with a particular emphasis on events relating to 1920. The Historian in Residence will co-ordinate research work and timelines; identify themes, events and notable figures; engage with community groups, local historians and schools. He/she will promote interest and engagement in history among a non-academic audience. The Historian in Residence will collaborate with Westmeath Libraries and Archives to promote local history sources and will work with a filmographer to create material which will bring the history of this period to life for all generations. The Historian in Residence will provide creative solutions to engage communities and make the history of 100 years ago, relevant and a source of inspiration and education.

Essential Requirements

• Candidate must have a third level qualifications in a relevant subject area or Recognised Prior Learning to a standard that demonstrates their capacity to deliver the required programme.
• Have experience of working with the community
• Have a proven track record in historical research.
• Be familiar with the history of County Westmeath within the period. Applicants should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period.
• Be proficient in the use of social media and digital technologies.
• Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work with a wide cross section of the local community and be able to demonstrate evidence of same.
• Be responsible for working with the Decade of Centenaries Coordinator and Sub Committee to identify themes, events and notable figures and co-ordinate research to present to local communities
• Liaise with local historical societies to develop a comprehensive programme.
• The Historian in Residence will be required to abide by all relevant Westmeath County Council policies and guidelines.
• Westmeath County Council shall retain the right to publish material generated as part of the programme without remuneration or permission and will acknowledge the author of research published.

It is anticipated that the Residency will run for 4 months (c15hrs per week), commencing in July 2020.

All programmes will be delivered with the co-operation and goodwill of the community at large and involve outreach projects online and / or in schools, libraries and communities across County Westmeath. The Historian in Residence will demonstrate an ability to deliver and co-ordinate outreach events within the library and throughout the broader community, to facilitate an inclusive Commemorative Programme.

Please note applications should be made by sending the above information as ONE single attachment (either in PDF or word format) incorporating all of the below required information:

• An up-to-date CV , including the names and contact details of two professional references;
• A written submission of interest which outlines approaches to the residency. (1,000 words maximum) to include examples of previous similar and relevant work in the area of history Please send completed application and a current CV marked ‘Historian in Residence’ by email to: heritage@westmeathcoco.ie

For further information, e-mail: heritage@westmeathcoco.ie

The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on 10th July 2020

Westmeath County Council reserves the right to shortlist candidates and interviews may be held with selected candidates prior to the final evaluation.


Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 29/06/2020