Irish female historians have been making waves since the 19th century with historians such as Emily Lawless, Alice Stopford Green, Mary Hayden etc. paving the way for historians of Irish history and inspiring generations of future Irish historians. And as any historian will let you know finding a place that collates resources, sources, and courses (I couldn’t resist an alliteration!) for their particular discipline can be hazardous if that discipline is either niche or under-researched.
As one of these future historians, or rather an historian of Irish dress, there has (yet) to be a central website with resources for this particular discipline but plenty of resources here and there with information on Irish dress and dress history as a whole. This has inspired me to list below any resources, courses, and sources that can further the advance of Irish women’s history for current and future generations of historians. This list was compiled with a view to it being edited to and added to when new items come to light or I’m made aware of references have been missed. Without further ado let’s begin!
N.B. I have focused on Ireland/UK sources, resources, courses etc. but look to expand the list in the future. The links below may contain helpful advice for historians and of Ireland both at home in Ireland and further afield.
- Women’s History Association of Ireland.
- Women’s History Network (UK).
- Women’s History Scotland.
- Women’s Archives of Wales.
- Irish Historical Society / Ulster Society for Historical Studies.
- Costume Society UK (Also International).
- Association of Dress Historians (International).
- Social History Curator’s Group.
- Royal Irish Academy.
- Dress and Textile Specialists Network.
- The Textile Society.
- The Ulster Museum.
- The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
- National Museum of Ireland.
- The Hunt Museum, Limerick.
- Springhill House Costume Collection.
- The National Archives, Dublin.
- Public Record Office Northern Ireland.
- Armagh Robinson Library.
- The Irish Archives.
- The Irish Manuscript Collection.
- Linenhall Library.
- National Library of Ireland.
Courses (Post-Graduate for now!):
- MA Irish History, Maynooth.
- MA Irish History, University College Dublin.
- MA Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.
- M.Phil – History (Various Era’s) – Trinity College Dublin.
- MA Irish Studies (Literature and History) – National University of Ireland, Galway.
- History of Dress and Textiles, The Courtauld Institute.
- Art History: Dress and Textiles, University of Glasgow.
- MA in Women’s Studies, University College Cork.
- Gender Studies Courses in Ireland.