About me




Digital Repository of Ireland
Royal Irish Academy,
19 Dawson Street
Dublin 2


I am a senior programme manager with the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. My present role is Project Lead on DRI's Atlantic Philanthropies' Archive project, an exciting forthcoming series of digital exhibitions that highlight the impact and reach of The Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation's grantmaking activities in Ireland since the 1980s. (More: http://dri.ie/dri-launches-atlantic-philanthropies-archives-project)

I was previously Project Creative Lead for Inspiring Ireland 1916, DRI's award-winning flagship digital cultural heritage website for the official 1916 Centenary commemorations (www.inspiring-ireland.ie)

I hold an honours B.A. from Trinity College Dublin where I also earned my Ph.D from the School of Histories and Humanities. I have lectured widely on Irish history, art, and architecture at national and international venues; I have also published and presented on national and international media about these topics.

I am experienced in corporate governance of cultural heritage organisations and have acted as an advisor to and designer of public history projects and as a mentor to early-career researchers working in these fields. I am also knowledgeable about data protection and EU GDPR standards that will apply to institutional holders of user data from May 2018.

Areas of expertise

Digital cultural heritage project design
Metadata curation and digital preservation
Application of new media technologies to research, teaching and collections management.
Data protection
EU GDPR standards


Irish studies; social history; history of philanthropy; economic history; religious history; 19th century history; 20th century history; 21st century history; art history; architectural history; arts patronage; medieval history; church furnishings; stained glass; metadata; digital preservation; digital humanities; social media; radio;history matters; technology; teaching resources; e-learning; cultural heritage; cultural tourism; Ireland; Britain; United States;Australia; New Zealand;

Member Details

Full Name

Caroline McGee (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



Ph.D., School of Histories and Humanities,
Trinity College Dublin
B.A. (Mod.), Trinity College Dublin
History of Art and Architecture (1:1)
Spanish (2:1)


Current position (2017 – )
Project Lead DRI Atlantic Philanthropies' Archive Project (Senior Programme Manager)
Digital Repository of Ireland
Royal Irish Academy
More: http://dri.ie/dri-launches-atlantic-philanthropies-archives-project
2015 – 2016
Project Creative Lead DRI Inspiring Ireland 1916
Digital Repository of Ireland
Royal Irish Academy
More: https://www.ria.ie/sites/default/files/annual_review_2015-2016.pdf p. 18.

2011 – 2016
Contract Researcher
School of Histories and Humanities,
Trinity College Dublin

2010 – 2011
Research Assistant
Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Project
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Trinity College Dublin

Consultancy work

May – August
Media presentation
BBC TV series 'Who Do You Think You Are' Series 14 Episode 5: Irish family history of Emma Willis, TV Presenter

July 2016
Galway International Arts Festival
First Thought Talks Series
Session Chair: Material Identity: telling our story through objects
More: http://www.giaf.ie/events/view/material-identity-telling-our-story-through-objects

June – September 2013
Metadata consultant for pilot e-version edition
Art and Architecture of Ireland (Volume I),
Royal Irish Academy
Dawson Street
Dublin 2

Management & Administrative experience

Board Experience
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 2013 – 2017
• Council Member
Responsible for enacting governance of all Society transactions in accordance with its charter. Included public affairs & communications

• Additional Role: Library Sub-committee Convenor
Identified, selected and supervised implementation of web-based con-
tent management system for c. 10,000 library and archival holdings

2000 – 2009
Senior Healthcare Administrator
Dr G. Murray, D.Orth


'Building Digital Exhibitions On Open Repositories'
UCD School of Information Studies
BA (FETAC Level 8) Module: Organisation and Retrieval of Information

Occasional Lecturer
Department of History of Art and Architecture,
Trinity College Dublin
Course: Introduction to European Architecture, Bachelor of Arts (FETAC Level 8).

2013 – 2015
School of Histories and Humanities
Trinity College Dublin
'Understanding Ireland' Semester Start-up Programme for visiting international students at Trinity College.
Strand: Visualizing Ireland: Archaeology, Art and Architecture

2013 -2014
Teaching Assistant
Department of History of Art and Architecture,
Trinity College Dublin
Courses: Introduction European Architecture (Junior Freshman groups); Irish ecclesiastical architecture (Senior Freshmen & Sophister groups) Bachelor of Arts (FETAC Level 8)
Irish ecclesiastical architecture to students reading for M.Phil in Irish Art History (FETAC Level 9)

2010 – 2012
Occasional lecturer
USIT Irish Studies Summer School at Trinity College Dublin
Courses: Introduction to Irish History (Medieval history fieldwork module)

Outreach activities

Lectures & Presentations
Walking Tour of Dublin for academics and teacher scholars on the National Archives (UK) & University of Sussex ESCR-funded Global Inequality Project (Project information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/globalincomeinequality/project
Route: C19/early C20 artisan dwellings, trust housing & tenement accommodation)

March: Presentation on Inspiring Ireland 1916
CONUL/ANLTC Training Workshop
National Library of Ireland, Dublin

Lecture: Building Catholic Ireland
(undergraduate course)
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Trinity College Dublin

2015 – 2016
National and International venues
Presentations on Inspiring Ireland 1916 as part of the State Centenary Commemorations See: http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie

Interviewer & Digital Cataloguer: RTE World War 1 Roadshow, Trinity College Dublin http://www.rte.ie/worldwar1/

Radio Interview about Gothic Past web resource on 'History Matters', PhoenixFM, Blanchardstown, Dublin http://www.mixcloud.com/ThePhoenixFM/history-matters-2013-dec-31/

Additional information:
Presentations (various subjects) on national media (radio, television)

Committees & Associations

Council Member, (Library Committee Co-Ordinator),
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2013 – )
63 Merrion Square
Dublin 2.


Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (2013)
Desmond Guinness Scholarship (2013)
Thomas Dammann Award (2012)
Postgraduate Studentship, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin (2011-2014)

Other activities

Volunteer career advisor
Gradlink Mentoring Programme 2016 – 2017
School of Histories and Humanities,
Trinity College Dublin

Webmaster/Social media marketing
Gothic Past: A Visual Archive of Irish Gothic Architecture & Sculpture
http://www.gothicpast.com (2011 – 2014)
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Trinity College Dublin
College Street
Dublin 2
Twitter: @gothicpast


Book Chapters

'William Pearse: A Spiritual Thing', in '"The End of All Things Earthly": Faith Profiles of the 1916 Leaders', (Dublin, 2016)

‘Visiting 19th century artists to Ireland” in Painters & Painting 1600 – 1900: Art & Architecture of Ireland, Volume II, ed. Nicola Figgis, (Dublin, 2014)

‘A noble Church in the most Catholic quarter of a bitterly Protestant and Presbyterian city: communicating religious identity in West Belfast at the turn of the twentieth century’ in Belfast: the emerging city, 1850 – 1914, ed. Olwen Purdue, (Dublin, 2012)

Peer Reviewed Journals

' Inspiring Ireland: Building History, Making Memory’, Eire-Ireland Journal of Irish Studies: Special Issue – Ireland and the Contemporary, No 52, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2017 (forthcoming)

'“A Reverence Peculiarly its Own”: the Boys' Chapel at Clongowes Wood College', Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review, v. 103, no. 412, Winter, 2014/2015.

Electronic Publications

‘Inspiring Ireland: Preservation, the public and collaborative collection’
Dr Natalie Harrower, Dr Caroline McGee & Kevin Long, Digital Repository of Ireland
Poster: https://twitter.com/CONULconf/status/869567191338930176
Abstract: http://conference.conul.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Posters.pdf
' Inspiring Ireland 1916: Rising in the Regions’. Inspiring Ireland, Digital Repository of Ireland, March 2016. Web. http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/1916/rising-regions


‘"A courageous adventure in the medium": Review of Nicola Gordon Bowe's biography of 'Wilhelmina Geddes: life and work', Artefact : journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, no. 8, 2016.


Social Media:
Facebook and Twitter posts for the Digital Repository of Ireland about modern Irish history (Inspiring Ireland 1916 project)
Curated and managed Twitter account for @gothicpast posting about Irish medieval architecture and sculpture

Press releases:
Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Post (UK)

Media reports: