About me




I am formerly Senior Lecturer in History at The Open University (UK) where I taught and researched modern British and Irish history. In 2018 I moved to Sweden where I am now an independent scholar and researcher.

My primary research focus continues to be modern Irish religious history and I have written on many aspects of the Irish Protestant experience. I am currently interested in Belfast Presbyterian clergymen and their families.

I am also interested in public history and history practices outside of universities. I am currently researching the origins of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and have a longstanding interest in 'adult learners of history' and how history is taught and learned within adult leisure and volunteer contexts.

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
adult learners of history


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), 2007-2019