About me




I am an Early Modern Records Specialist at The National Archives, UK.

Areas of expertise

Seventeenth-Century Ireland, Early Modern Ireland, Tudor and Stuart Ireland and Britain


Early Modern Ireland; Stuart Ireland; Seventeenth Century; Restoration Settlement; State Formation;

Member Details

Full Name

Neil Johnston (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



University College Dublin, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Sept 2007 – Dec 2012
My thesis, ‘Parliament, Politics and the Restoration Land Settlement in Ireland, 1660-1665’, analyses in detail the first years of Restoration Ireland, with special focus on the creation of the Acts of Settlement (1662) and Explanation (1665). It considers how Royal government re-established itself after 1660 and examines the political process in Dublin and Whitehall that saw an overly generous financial settlement offered to Charles II to ensure that the Protestant political minority were able to retain their dominant position in Ireland.
Supervisors: Dr Charles Ivar McGrath & Professor James McGuire
Internal Examiner: Professor John McCafferty
External Examiner: Dr Paul Seaward, Director, History of Parliament, London

University College Dublin, Master of Arts (History) (MA), First Class Honours Sept 2004 – 2005
My dissertation, ‘Catholic Courtier and Controversialist: Peter Talbot, archbishop of Dublin, c. 1618-1680’ is a biographical study of the life of Fr Peter Talbot and charts his intrigues for the Stuart court in exile in the 1650s, his appointment and tenure as archbishop of Dublin in the 1670s, and the circumstances surrounding his death in prison in 1680.


The National Archives, Kew, UK.
I am an Early Modern Records Specialist

School of History & Archives, University College Dublin
Lecturer and Senior Tutor Sept 2004 – Jan 2014
As a lecturer and senior tutor in the School of History & Archives in University College Dublin I have ten years of experience teaching undergraduate students at all levels and have delivered seminars and lectures in early modern and modern history.

Lecture Modules delivered:
• The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Birth of the Modern Middle East

Tutorials and Seminars delivered:
• Tudor and Stuart Britain and Ireland
• Modern European History
• The Spanish Seaborne Empire
• Early Modern France
• The Dutch Revolt and the United Provinces
• The Holy Roman Empire

Other modules for the College of Arts & Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
• ‘Ireland Uncovered’: seminars on Irish culture, politics, history, architecture and literature for International Students and adult learners
• Lectures on early modern history century Ireland and Britain to Junior Year Abroad students
• ‘New Era Programme’: introductory seminars and pastoral care for incoming first year undergraduates

Management & Administrative experience

Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Whitehall, London.
Senior Policy Advisor May 2014 – September 2016

I managed DCMS' relationship with a portfolio of national museums, including Tate Galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Royal Armouries Museums at the Tower of London and in Leeds. My responsibilities included:
• Briefing the Secretary of State for Culture, the Minister for Culture on policy issues related to national museums
• Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with colleagues across government and with key external stakeholders, in particular the Executive Teams at the National Museums
• Development of networks across museums, Research Councils UK and Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) to share information and ideas, including leading on the creation of a Digital Culture and Open Data strategy
• Managing the distribution of the £4million DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
• Drafting responses to Parliamentary Questions and Official Correspondence on behalf of Ministers