As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, applications are invited for the Historian in Residence Grant Scheme 2021. The Residency is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media 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.
It is anticipated that two Residencies will run in 2021, each for 5 months (c.15hrs per week). The first residency will run from March to July and the second from August to December inclusive. The total grant available to each residency is €7,500 and will be paid in monthly instalments to include all expenses. A budget will be made available to each residency to cover costs such as speakers’ fees and to facilitate the production of digital outputs. Such expenditure must be agreed in advance with the Culture Team, or their representative, from Westmeath County Council.
Applicants must be Tax Compliant and provide a Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN) and Tax Reference Number and hold their own insurance cover, including Professional Indemnity.
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.
In order to ensure continuity of programming and continued engagement with community groups. There will be a clear handover between the two historians as one residency ends and the other commences.
The successful applicants 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 1921.
The Historian/s in Residence will co-ordinate research work and timelines; identify themes, in line with key themes outlined by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media (see below), events and notable figures; engage with community groups, local historians, historical societies and schools. He/she will promote interest and engagement in history among a non-academic audience.
The Historian/s in Residence will collaborate with Westmeath Libraries and Archives to promote local history sources, including newspapers, County Council Minute Books and other relevant material. Where relevant, he/she shall liaise with the Decade of Centenaries Creative Community Practitioner in Westmeath and the coordinator of the Centenary Programme for the Howard Bury led Everest Expedition, to ensure historical accuracy and complimentary programming. The Historian/s 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.
• A third level qualification in a relevant subject area or Recognised Prior Learning to a standard that demonstrates their capacity to deliver the required programme.
• Experience of working with the community.
• A proven track record in historical research.
• Familiarity with the history of County Westmeath within the period. Applicants should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period.
• Proficiency in the use of social media and digital technologies.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide cross section of the local community and demonstrate evidence of same.
• 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 historians and historical societies to develop a comprehensive programme.
• Liaise with Decade of Centenaries Creative Community Practitioner in Westmeath, the coordinator of the Centenary Programme for the Howard Bury led Everest Expedition and the Culture Team of Westmeath County Council.
• 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 additional remuneration or permission and will acknowledge the author of research published.
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.
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.
• Applicants should indicate their availability for Residency 1 (March – July) and/or Residency 2 (August – December).
Please send completed application and a current CV marked ‘Historian in Residence’ by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, e-mail: email@example.com
The deadline for completed applications is 12 noon on Mon 22nd February 2021.
Westmeath County Council reserves the right to shortlist candidates and interviews may be held with selected candidates prior to the final evaluation.
Applications will be assessed under the following criteria:
|Qualifications/Recognised Prior Learning.||10 Marks|
|Experience/proven track record in historical research and capacity to deliver the required programme||20 Marks|
|Demonstrate familiarity with the history of County Westmeath within the period and familiarity with the relevant local and national sources for the period.||20 Marks|
|Demonstrate proficiency in the use of digital technologies and social media.||25 Marks|
|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.||25 Marks|
Suggested themes and initiatives set out by Dept. for consideration by local authorities in 2021
Broad themes are set out below. This is not an exhaustive list.
• Local connections with the significant events that occurred in 1921; How were events such as the signing of the Truce, the Anglo-Irish Treaty debates, and the signing of the Treaty, received or marked locally?
• Respectful, sensitive and non-partisan remembrance of all of those who died during the Struggle for Independence within the local authority area or municipal districts.
• An examination of specific personalities, (including local civic leaders), events and themes from this period that have a particular significance within counties or parishes.
• The partitioning of Ireland – its impact and legacy on communities living along the newly established border and farther afield.
• 'Ireland and the Wider World' – local connections with the international dimension, including the role of the Diaspora in the events from 1921 – 1923.
• Emigration from the local authority area during this period – an exploration of memories, letters, archives, etc.
• The social and economic consequences of the Struggle for Independence and the Civil War within the local authority area.
• The experiences of women from the local authority area during the revolutionary period and their changing role in society.
• The impact of the revolutionary period on families and children.
• The aftermath of World War I and the experiences of those who were part of the war effort and returned to their communities in a changing Ireland.
• Initiatives that explore this period from a humanitarian perspective, examining the contribution of movements such as the White Cross Organisation.
• An exploration of the labour movement and associated issues of class and gender, to broaden our understanding of how people were mobilised in popular social, cultural and civic movements during this period – how local events resonated nationally.
• The use of propaganda in the revolutionary period at home and abroad – including print media, cinema and radio – particularly linkages to local events that occurred.
• The role of local newspapers in a time of conflict and change – how were local events reported?
• The significance of local government reform and the evolution of new political and administrative structures during the revolutionary period at national and local level.
• Elections during this period – the prominent personalities and local issues associated with the 1920 local elections and also, the 1922 and 1923 general elections.
• The evolution of all-island institutions following partition.
• Initiatives to explore the legacy of the barracks towns.
• Initiatives to explore the ‘Big House’ perspective on the events that occurred during the Struggle for Independence and the Civil War.
• The Irish language during this period.
• Creative thinking and the arts, including poetry, literature, music and theatre (1919 – 1923).
• Significant developments in the world of innovation, industry and commerce, science, health, agriculture, and communications, (1919 – 1923).
• The importance of sport to communities during the revolutionary period.
• Natural Disasters and other significant events that were unique to the local authority area that were recorded from this period.
* Subject to confirmation of funding via Decade of Centenaries Programme, Department of Tourism, Culture, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media 2021.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 04/02/2021