Louise Canavan – Archivist at Belfast Charitable Society
I did my internship with the amazing team at Newry and Mourne Museum. I was able to get involved in work associated with staging exhibitions, research as well as learning about the business of heritage. I currently work as the archivist for the Belfast Charitable Society based at Clifton House. The Society is Belfast’s oldest charity and it was founded in 1752. I am working to catalogue their entire archive to make it accessible and relevant to researchers today.
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan – Public History programme coordinator, Rutgers University, New Jersey USA
During my MA in Modern History at Queens, I had the excellent chance to participate in the public history program. While it wasn’t my first foray into the field, it opened many doors, ensuring that it also wasn’t my last. I interned at the Ulster Museum along with two other students in the program, where we redeveloped a key exhibit in the history department there. After graduating with my MA, I moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to work as an archivist and research analyst for the Archives of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In this role, I’ve written hundreds of biographies of historical members of the legislature, answered countless research requests from within the legislature and the general public, consulted on historical displays and speeches, and generally done much of the work for which public history training programmes aim to prepare students.
Since beginning my work at the House Archives, I have also worked toward a PhD in United States History, which I am completing at present. The combination of my academic and public history backgrounds has led to an excellent new opportunity, which I will begin later this year, as Coordinator of and Instructor in the Public History program in the History Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This role will allow me to mirror many of the fantastic training efforts used in the program at Queens for the benefit of students seeking to become public historians, publicly-engaged scholars, civically-minded workers, and community organizers.