Conference Programme 2019

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June 2019

Public Records Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) and Queen’s University Belfast

Thursday 13th June (PRONI)

8.45-9.00 Arrival and welcome
9.00-9.10 Introductory remarks – Michael Willis,
Director and Deputy Keeper of the
Records, and Gillian Allmond
9.10-10.30 Session 1: Prisons Memory Archive
Lorraine Dennis, Queen’s University
Introduction to the Prisons Memory Archive
Kate Keane, Queen’s University Belfast Archiving Conflict: Challenges and
opportunities of cataloguing the PMA
Laney Lennox, University of Ulster
What role do archives play in societal
participation in the peace process?
Sarah McDonagh, Queen’s University
Creating Access to the Prisons Memory
Archive Video Tours: Challenges and
10.30-10.50 Tea break  
10.50-11.50 Session 2: Institutional lives through the
Pauline Prior, Queen’s University
Belfast (retired)
Hospital or Prison? Central Criminal Lunatic
Asylum for Ireland, Dundrum
Brett Irwin, PRONI
Throwing the Book at the Records: Voices
from the Prison archives in PRONI
Jayne Hutchinson, PRONI and
Michelle Kelly, PRONI
Understanding patient/inmate experiences
through Board of Guardians and Asylum
records in PRONI  
11.50-1.10 Session 3: Institutional lives: art, craft and poetry
Alison Lowry, Artist
The Art of Remembering: the role of artwork
in an emotional history of institutions
James Ward, University of Ulster
Writing the Asylum: Literary lives and
after lives
Erin Hinson, Abbey Research
Craftwork, Cooperation, and Community:
Loyalist handicrafts and welfare in the Maze/Long Kesh compound prison system
Robert Niblock, Writer and Ex-Prisoner The practice of creativity in a prison
1.10-1.50 Lunch
1.50-3.10 Session 4: Health and Mortality in the
Institution I
Emer Dennehy, Archaeologist
From incarcerator to saviour:  Richmond
Penitentiary and the cholera epidemic of 1832 Michelle McCann, Queen’s University
‘Swarming with vermin’:  Investigating and
managing inmate death at the gaol (1846-52) Aoife Bhreatnach, Independent
Without a friend to mourn or cry: institutional burials in Cork city 1860-1950
Michael Robinson, University of
Forgotten Fatalities of the Great War: Irish
asylums during the First World War, 1914-
3.10-3.40 Tea break  
3.40-5.00 Session 5: Health and Mortality in the
Institution II
Georgina Laragy,Trinity College, Dublin
Workhouse burial grounds 1847-2019: historyand continuing significance
Jennifer Pope, Mary Immaculate
College, Limerick
A “disastrous outbreak”: The 1908 Food
Poisoning Epidemic at Mount St Vincent’s
Orphanage, Limerick
Patricia Marsh, PRONI ‘Sleepy sickness
spreads’: encephalitis lethargica in Belfast 
Ruari-Santiago McBride, University of Limerick
Contemporary prison healthcare reforms in
the north of Ireland
5.00-6.00 Keynote speaker – Dr Olwen Purdue,
Queen’s University Belfast
Reframing welfare institutions: the workhouse in Irish urban life 1850-1914
7.00-9.00 Drinks Reception and tour at Clifton House
9.oo till late Drinks at Sunflower bar

Friday 14th June (PRONI)

9.00-10.20 Session 6: Institutional Landscapes and
Patrick Quinlan, Architect
The landscapes of Ireland’s pauper lunatic
Gillian Allmond, Queen’s University
Bringing down the asylum walls: buildings
and landscapes at Purdysburn, Belfast (1902-1913)
Arlene Crampsie, University College
Life at the edge: geographies of institutional
landscapes in 19th Century Ireland
Glynn Kelso, PRONI
Landscapes to confine and discourage:
institutional buildings on the Ordnance Survey map  
10.20-10.40 Tea Break  
10.40-12.00 Session 7: Womens’ Lives and the Institution Grainne Blair, Independent Researcher Aspects of the Salvation Army in Ireland, 1880-1980: A different Institutional ‘Care Model’ Elaine Farrell, Queen’s University
‘They are prison companions’: nineteenth-
century imprisoned women’s relationships
Bridget Keown, Northeastern
University Boston
Psychological effects of the Easter Rising on
female patients admitted to Richmond Asylum Lucy Simpson-Kilbane, University of
‘Are the girls free?’: Containing ‘fallen women’ in post-independence Ireland              
12.00-1.00 Session 8: Institutions of confinement and
care: ideal and reality
Coleman Dennehy, University of
The house of correction in seventeenth-
century Ireland
Triona Waters, University of Limerick Darwin’s Epileptic Idiot and the Irish District Lunatic Asylum, 1827-1887
Rita McCarthy, University of Limerick From Workhouse to Mother and Baby Home: a County Clare institution  
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch  
2.00-3.20 Session 9: Institutions as ‘Dark Heritage’
Erin Gibbons, Archaeologist
Re-branding the Misery:  Some Connemara
Niamh NicGhabhann, University of
World Within Walls: presenting the history of
St Davnet’s Hospital within a local authority museum context
Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University,
The contemporary politics of activist research on Magdalene Laundries
Chris Hamill, Architect
The Case of Armagh Gaol: Northern Ireland’s prisons, heritage dissonance and contestation  
3.20-3.50 Tea Break  
3.50-4.50 Session 10: Engaging with voices from the
Gareth Mulvenna,
Independent researcher
The Orange Cross, 1972-76: An oral and
documentary history
Dieter Reinisch, Universities of Vienna and Salzburg
Uncovering archives: Combining oral history
and private archives in researching Irish
Republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison,
Sean O’Connell, Queen’s University
The oral historian as ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’:
approaches to researching mother and baby
homes and Magdalene laundries  
5.00-6.00 Keynote speaker – Dr Catherine Cox,
University College Dublin
‘No easy escapes’: Prisons, healthcare and
engaged history 
6.45-late Evening tour of Crumlin Road Gaol followed
by three course dinner  

Saturday 15th June (Elmwood Building, Queen’s University Belfast)

10.00-11.00 Session 11: Religion, the State and
Institutional voices
Victoria Pearson, University College
‘In my Father’s House are Many Rooms’: The foundation of Roman Catholic charitable
institutions in eighteenth century Cork
Sean Barden, Curator Armagh CountyMuseum
Patient Voices at the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dundrum
Olivia Frehill, Trinity College Dublin
‘Encourage and Reward Virtue and you Strike at the Heart of Vice’: The Catholic
institutional response to the aged single
female in Dublin 1836–1922  
11.00-11.30 Tea Break  
11.30-12.10 Session 12: After the Institution
Damien Brennan, Trinity College
Family Care provision in post institutional
Patrick Quinlan The future for Ireland’s
former lunatic asylum buildings
12.10-12.20 Closing remarks – Triona Waters
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-5.00 Post-conference walking tour (starting at
Divis Tower)