About me





Member Details

Full Name

Sherra Murphy (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin September 2015 Thesis title: The Natural History Museum, Dublin, 1840—1870; networks, culture and natural knowledge in mid-nineteenth century Ireland

Master of Fine Arts (Painting emphasis with focus on critical theory), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, June 2000

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting Major, Summa Cum Laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM May 1996


Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies
Animation Programme Co-Chair (from 2015)
Faculty of Film, Art, and Creative Technologies
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Dublin, Ireland
September 2004 to Present

Lecturer in Visual Culture
Art Studio Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA USA
September 2000 to January 2003

Committees & Associations

Irish Association of Professional Historians

American Conference of Irish Studies

Society for the History of Natural History

Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Irish Museums Association


Recipient of the 2018 DELTA Award for excellence in learning, teaching, and assessment from the National Forum for teaching and Learning in Higher Education


Book Chapters

‘The Learned Gentlemen are in Town: the British Association Meeting of 1857 in Dublin’s Popular Press’, in Science and Technology in 19th Century Ireland, eds. Adelman, Julia and Agnew, Eaodain. (Dublin, Four Courts Press) 2011

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Natural history, nineteenth-century Ireland and the Canadian Arctic; Sir Francis Leopold McClintock’s collections at the Natural History Museum, Dublin,’ publication pending in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Summer 2018

Situating the Natural History Museum: (Re)Placing a Dublin Institution Into Context, in Perspectives: Anthology of IADT Research and Practice, (Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology) 2013

Other Journals

‘They’re Not Going to Change it Are They? The Museum of Natural History Dublin as Material Culture.’ Circa 124 Summer 2008


Review of Dignified Kings Play Chess on Fine Green Silk, Karl Grimes, National Museum and Gallery of Photography Circa 122 Winter 2007


Five catalogue essays for Literary Lives: Portraits from the Crawford Art Gallery and Abbey Theatre, Ireland, published September 2010

My Favourite Stuffed Bear in Sunday Miscellany: a selection from 2006 – 2008, Ni Anluain, Cliodnha, ed. (Dublin, RTE 2008)


American Conference for Irish Studies, 2018, University College Cork, As It May be Rare, I Have Shot It For You: Donors to the Natural History Museum in the mid-nineteenth century, June 2018

Widening Participation: European Access Network 2016, University College Dublin, Why Are You Making Me Do This Assignment? Assessment as a Tool for Inclusion, May 2016

Universal Design for Learning, AHEAD National Conference, Dublin Castle, What Happens in My Teaching Through Trial, Error and Consultation: Access and Curriculum Design, March 2015

Visualising Antiquarianism in Ireland, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, The Polymathic Antiquarian; George Victor DuNoyer’s Multi-Disciplinary Imagery September 2009

Science and Technology in 19th Century Ireland, The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; The Learned Gentleman Are in Town; the British Association and the Natural History Museum in Dublin’s popular press, 1857, July 2009

Post–Graduate Research Conference, University College Dublin; Specimens and Specificity: The Collections of the Natural History Museum Dublin as Material Culture, February 2008

Seeing Things: Irish Studies and Visual Culture, University of Limerick; Drawing Ireland: the Visual Record and the Museum of Natural History Dublin, April 28-29, 2007

Re–Thinking the Everyday: Approaches to Material Culture, National College of Art & Design,
Dublin; Reflections in the Necro–Zoo; the Natural History Museum Dublin as Material Culture, November 4, 2006