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Caroline McGee

Caroline McGee

Project Lead, Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project

Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy

Ph.D, Trinity College Dublin
DRI Role

Project Lead, Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project

Research Interests
Digital exhibition design, digital curation, digital archiving and preservation, cultural heritage collections management, e-learning technology in education, data sharing.

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Dr Caroline McGee is Project Lead on the Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project at the Digital Repository of Ireland. The Atlantic Archives project involves the creation of a digital archive of select research collections about the foundation’s approaches and impact across Ireland. The collections will be curated as themed exhibitions rich with ephemera, media, and testimonies that build a narrative around the archival materials. The first exhibition will focus on the transformative legacy of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ contribution to the improvement of LGBT rights in Ireland. 

Caroline joined the Digital Repository of Ireland team in 2015 as Creative Project Lead on the Inspiring Ireland 1916 project, based at the Royal Irish Academy. Inspiring Ireland 1916 was a brand new series of online exhibitions of the cultural artefacts, stories and interpretation surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising that was published as part of the 1916 State Centenary Programme. This project was the second phase of the multiple-award-winning platform Inspiring Ireland, which is powered by the Digital Repository of Ireland’s preservation infrastructure.

Caroline has wide-ranging experience as a designer and curator of digital exhibitions of cultural heritage assets. She has an academic background in humanities research at Trinity College Dublin where she earned her PhD and her award-winning research study is being edited for publication. She is a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians and has lectured, written, and presented nationally and internationally on Ireland’s cultural heritage and the application of new media technologies to research, teaching and learning.


Selected Publications

McGee, Caroline & Harrower, Natalie, “Inspiring Ireland: Building Digital History, Making Shared Memory”, Éire-Ireland, 52: 1 & 2 Spring/Summer, 2017.

McGee, Caroline, “Inspiring Ireland 1916: Rising in the Regions”. Inspiring Ireland, Digital Repository of Ireland, March 2016. Web.

McGee, Caroline, “Visiting 19th century artists to Ireland” in Nicola Figgis (ed.), Painters & Painting 1600 – 1900: Art & Architecture of Ireland, Volume II. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin and Yale University Press, New Haven, (2014).