The awarding of the inaugural Limerick Museum and Archives Scholarship, a joint project between UL’s Department of History and Limerick Museum & Archives, took place at the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum in Merchants Quay on 4th February 2016. The first recipient of the Scholarship is William O’Neill, a first year PhD history student in UL and a native of Killarney, County Kerry. Over the next three years, Mr O’Neill will contribute to delivering a public history programme within Limerick Museum & Archives.
Congratulating Mr O’Neill, Cllr Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick said, “The Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for a history student, in this case William, to contribute to delivering a public history programme within Limerick Museum and Archives.”
Outlining the Scholarship programme, Archivist Jacqui Hayes of Limerick Museum & Archives said, “William will be involved in all areas of museum and archives work from collection management, oral history, exhibition research and production to access, education and outreach activities. He is also working on the research and public access elements of two current projects, namely a book and an exhibition dealing with the history of Limerick in 1916 and the development of a ‘Revolutionary/Rebellion Songs Project’”.
The Limerick Museum and Archives Scholarship is open to first year PhD students in UL. The Scholarship is funded under the Archives budget while the programme is being administered by UL’s Department of History.