About me




I am a public and cultural historian with a particular interest in business history, the economy of arts production, religious architecture and oral history. I am currently Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities at the University of Dublin Trinity College, having been adjunct assistant professor 2019-2020 academic year lecturing on the history and theory of architectural and art history (medieval to modern periods) and supervising research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

My current research and outreach activities include writing a book about transnational art industry businesses in nineteenth century Ireland, digitizing a unique twentieth-century collection of Irish medieval monuments taken by an American photographer, and membership of the advisory board of the Irish Research Council-funded project "Religious Spaces in Transition" at the University of Limerick

I have extensive experience in project management, social media marketing and academic publishing and have designed award-winning flagship digital cultural heritage resources for Trinity College Dublin and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. (See: http://www.gothicpast.com; http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie and http://dri.ie/dri-launches-atlantic-philanthropies-archives-project)

I hold an honours B.A. from Trinity College Dublin where I also earned my Ph.D for my award-winning study of British and German church art businesses in nineteenth-century Ireland. 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, currently as Treasurer and Executive Committee of IAPH.

Additionally, I am a full member of the following networks: American Conference of Irish Studies, Economic History Society, Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Irish Modern Urban History Group, Oral History Network of Ireland.

In 2018 I was appointed to the volunteer role of Irish Public History Explorer for the International Federation for Public History – L​​a Fédération internationale pour l'histoire publique, responsible for curating information on a monthly basis about public history news, events, conferences and publications taking place in Ireland.

I 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.

Areas of expertise

Business history
Economy of arts production
Religious architecture
Oral history
Public history project design
Cultural heritage board governance
Metadata curation and digital preservation
E-learning technology design
Digital collections management
Data protection
EU GDPR standards


Irish studies; business history; public history; oral history; academic publishing; economic history; social 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

Dr. Caroline M. 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)


2019 – 2020
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architectural History,
School of Histories and Humanities,
University of Dublin
Trinity College

2017 – 18
Project Lead DRI Atlantic Philanthropies' Archive Project (Senior Programme Manager & Oral Historian)
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 (Programme Manager)
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,
University of Dublin
Trinity College

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

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

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
Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the Executive Committee 2017 – date.
• Treasurer 2018 – date
Responsible for IAPH fiduciary management.

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
• Council Member 2013 – 2017
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 content management system for c. 10,000 library and archival holdings

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


2019 – 2020
Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules,
Department of History of Art and Architecture

'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
Presentation given as part "Atlantic Stories from the Child and Youth Sector in Ireland"
This public history event was organised by Caroline McGee (Digital Repository of Ireland) in collaboration with Ruth Geraghty (Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland) to reflect on the legacy of The Atlantic Philanthropies' investment in the child and youth sector across the island of Ireland, and the work and accomplishments of Atlantic grantees. It took place in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, November 13, 2018.
Slides available here https://www.slideshare.net/dri_ireland/caroline-mcgee-the-atlantic-philanthropies-digital-collections
Oral Histories and The Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project
Workshop on Recording, Analysing and
Disseminating Oral Testimony
Queen’s University Belfast, 21-22 June 2018

The Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project
DRI Community Forum Event
Royal Irish Academy
June 26, 2018

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

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

Oral history 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

IAPH Committee (2017 – date)
Treasurer (2018 – date)

Council Member, (Library Committee Co-Ordinator),
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2013 – 2017)
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

2018 – PRESENT
Public History Explorer for Ireland (volunteer role)
International Federation of Public Historians – Fédération internationale pour l'histoire publique (IFPH – FIHP) https://ifph.hypotheses.org/newsletter

2016 – PRESENT
Undergraduate/postgraduate career mentor (volunteer
Gradlink Mentoring Programme
School of Histories and Humanities,
Trinity College Dublin

2011 – PRESENT
Webmaster/Social media marketing manager
Gothic Past: A Visual Archive of Irish Gothic Architecture & Sculpture
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Trinity College Dublin
College Street
Dublin 2
Twitter: @gothicpast


Book Chapters

'Power, patronage and the production of Catholic material culture in nineteenth-century Ireland’ in Figures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Ed. Ingelbein, Raphaël and Galavan, Susan Liverpool University Press, 2020.

"Stained Glass in Ireland" in The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Church, State and Society in Northern Europe, c. 1780-c.1920 : Material Reform, Ed. De Mayer, Jan and Magry, Peter Jan, Leuven University Press, 2020.

'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

Spaces of Irish Catholicism: splendour and transnational art industry, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2020, (25), 4.

' 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

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

Published reports

'The Atlantic Philanthropies Digital Collections'

Electronic Publications

‘Inspiring Ireland: Preservation, the public and collaborative collection’
Dr Caroline McGee, Dr Natalie Harrower, & 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

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht
Building of the Month – March
Holy Cross Catholic Church, Main Street, Charleville, County Cork.


‘"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 history, philanthropy, and oral history, (Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project 2017 – date; Inspiring Ireland 1916 project 2015 – 2016)

Curated and managed Twitter account for @gothicpast posting about Irish medieval architecture and sculpture

Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Post (UK)

Ireland: RTE, TG4, PhoenixFM;
Britain: BBC One