About me




I am currently Senior Lecturer in History at The Open University (UK) where I teach and research on modern British and Irish history. My primary research focus is religious history and I have written on religious revivals, women and gender, Presbyterianism and Methodism, popular piety and other aspects of, mainly, the Irish Protestant experience. I also have a minor interest in culture in the early Northern Irish state, particularly folklife studies and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. For the past 10 years I have been in charge of our MA in Local and Regional History. From this I have become interested in adult learners of history and in the development of historical skills resources for leisure learners.

Areas of expertise

19th and 20th century Irish social history
history of Irish religion, especially Protestantism, evangelicalism, female ministry, evangelism, Presbyterianism
local history of Ulster, especially Belfast, Antrim and Down
local history training and skills workshops


religion; women; Ulster; local history; Protestant; skills; research; Northern Ireland; social history; 19th century

Member Details

Full Name

Janice Holmes (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



BA (Guelph, Canada), 1989
MA (Queen's Kingston, Canada), 1991
PhD (Queen's Belfast, Northern Ireland), 1995


Faculty of Arts Fellow (University College Dublin), 1994-96
Lecturer in History (University of Ulster Coleraine), 1997-2007
Senior Lecturer in History (The Open University, Belfast office), 2007-present