Researchers at UCD


Elizabeth Mullins

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of History
James Joyce Library Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167544


After completing a BA in History and German in University College Cork, I specialized in medieval history under the supervision of Dr Jennifer O' Reilly.  I finished my PhD on the Insular reception of the Eusebian canon tables in 2001, having divided my doctoral research between University College Cork and Universitat Konstanz, Germany. Following an Irish Research Council post-doctoral award, I completed a Higher Diploma in Archival Studies in University College Dublin. I spent a year working in the Irish Jesuit Archives before joining the staff of the School of History in 2005. Since this time, I have worked with colleagues to introduce a range of archives and records management programmes at certificate, masters and doctoral level. My teaching and research interests reflect the two strands of my academic and professional life with modules and publications in both archivistics and medieval history. I work closely with archival professionals on both professional committees and collaborative projects. I also enjoy working occasionally as an archival consultant, particularly in the context of religious archives.  I am currently the Head of Subject for Archivistics and am the Director of the MA in Archives and Records Management programme.



Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Award of £2,800 from the Archives and Records Association Research Fund to support the publication of Archives and Archivists 2
Year: 2009.
Title: Award of 2000 euros from the National University of Ireland to support the publication of 'Listen O Isles Unto Me: Studies in Medieval Word and Image in Honour of Jennifer O'Reilly'
Year: 1992.
Title: College Scholar University College Cork
Year: 1993.
Title: One-Year Undergraduate Scholarship, Universitat Konstanz
Year: 1996.
Title: One-Year Postgraduate Scholarship, Universitat Konstanz
Year: 2000.
Title: Short Term Researcher Grant, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munich
Year: 2002.
Title: Ulysses Research Project with Dr Olivier Szerwiniack, Université de Picardie, Jules Verne, 2002
Year: 2002.
Title: Short Term Researcher Grant, Max Planck Institut fur Geschichte, Gottingen
Year: 2003.
Title: One Year IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellowship


Association: Society of Archivists Ireland, , Function/Role: Member 2003, Treasurer 2005-2008
Association: FARMER: Forum for archives and records management education and research , Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Society for Archives, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Elizabeth Mullins (2016) Developing an Archives Service: Deciding What Records to Keep; Managing a Religious Archives Service. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Developing and Managing a Religious Archives Service, Dublin , 05-MAR-16 - 05-MAR-16.
Elizabeth Mullins (2016) [Chaired Session], UK and Ireland Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research International Conference: 'Activation and Impact: the societal role of records and record-keepers', Dundee , 05-APR-16 - 06-APR-16.
Elizabeth Mullins (2015) Creating a policy framework for an archives service: some key considerations. [Invited Lecture], Association of Church Archivists Ireland Annual General Meeting, Dublin , 09-MAY-15 - 09-MAY-15.
Elizabeth Mullins (2015) The Storm and the Silence: Cultures of Recordkeeping among  Religious Communities in 20th Century Ireland . [Oral Presentation], International Conference on the History of Records and Archives, Amsterdam , 29-JUL-15 - 31-JUL-15.
Elizabeth Mullins (2015) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Fevered Archivists: Outreach Strategies and the Documentation of Archival activity in the Decade of Centenaries, University College Dublin , 30-APR-15 - 30-APR-15.
Elizabeth Mullins (2015) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Describing Digital Archives Workshop, University College Dublin , 29-SEP-15 - 29-SEP-15.
Elizabeth Mullins (2013) Introduction and Background to the Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives Introductory Workshop, Dublin , 14-MAR-13 - 14-MAR-13.
Elizabeth Mullins (2009) The Irish Guidelines for Archival Description: Origins, Process and Principles. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, Dublin , 30-APR-09 - 30-APR-09.
Mullins, Elizabeth; (2008) New Light on Early Medieval Canon Tables: Boulogne, Bibliotheque Municipale MS 10. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Insular World: History, Exegesis and Iconography, University Collge Cork , 14-AUG-08 - 15-AUG-08.


Committee : National Archives Advisory Council
Committee : Society of Archivists Ireland
Committee : Descriptive Standards Subcommittee, Society of Archivists Ireland
Committee : Irish Archives Resource Portal


Employer: University College Dublin 2005-
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 2004-2005
Position: Archivist
Employer: University College Cork, 2002
Position: Research Assistant, Latin Bible Project
Employer: University College Cork, 2000-2002
Position: Part-Time Research Assistant, President's Fund Research Project


Year 1995 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2002 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Dip Archival Studies Subject:




Client: Glenstall Abbey Archives
Client: Bon Secours Archive
Client: Our Lady of the Apostles Archive

Outreach Activities

2013: Invited Reviewer for the Digital Repository of Ireland Encoded Archival Description Guidelines. 

2013: Reviewer: MoTIF Pilot Thesaurus of Irish Folklore, Digital Repository of Ireland, National Library of Ireland.
2014: Voluntary work providing professional advice and assistance to community archive of Eckhart House, Institute of Psychosynthesis and Transpersonal therapy, Dublin, 1981-2008.
June 2016: Speaker on behalf of the School of History at the launch of Christ the King exhibition, a collaborative project between the School of History and Lexicon Library Dun Laoghaire.
October 2016: Invited speaker at event to mark the retirement and presentation of Dr Raymond Refausse with an Archives and Records Association Distinguished Service Award; 'Raymond's Contribution to Irish Archival Development: An Archivist's View'.

Other Activities

Peer reviewer for Irish Historical Studies.
Peer reviewer for Archival Science.  
2008: Extern examiner for MPhil in Medieval Studies theses, Trinity College Dublin.
2016-2020: Extern Examiner for the MA Archives Administration, Department of Information Studies, University of Aberystwyth.



Book Chapters

Elizabeth Mullins; (2011) ''The Canon Tables in Boulogne, Bibliotheque Municipale 10'' In: Elizabeth Mullins and Diarmuid Scully (eds). 'Listen O Isles Unto Me': Studies in Medieval Word and Image in honour of Jennifer O'Reilly. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
Mullins, E.; (2006) 'Fr. John MacErlean S J and the development of the Irish Jesuit Archive' In: Ailsa C. Holland and Kate Manning (eds). Archives and Archivists. Dublin: *. , pp.166-176 [Details]

Edited Books

Elizabeth Mullins and Ailsa Holland (Ed.). (2013) Archives and Archivists 2: Current Trends New Voices. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Elizabeth Mullins and Diarmuid Scully (Ed.). (2011) 'Listen, O Isles Unto Me': Studies in Medieval Word and Image in honour of Jennifer O'Reilly. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Elizabeth Mullins (2017) 'Information culture in the convent and the industrial school: a case study of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland'. Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association, . [Details]
Mullins, Elizabeth (2014) 'The Eusebian canon tables and Hiberno-Latin exegesis: the case of Vienna Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, lat. 940'. Sacris Erudiri, . [Details]
Mullins, E. & Szerwiniack, O.; (2004) 'Interpretatio paucorum de euangelio sermonum : Édition et analyse d'un glossaire trilingue (Paris B.N.F., lat. 1841 et Munich, Clm 6235)'. Archiuum Latinitatis Medii Aeui, 62 :101-136. [Details]
Mullins, E.; (2003) 'The Irish Hebrew Name Lists in Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Lat. 940'. Scriptorium, 57 :226-237. [Details]

Electronic Publication

Elizabeth Mullins, Mary Mackey et al; (2013) Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archival Collections. Electronic Publication [Details]
Mullins, Elizabeth, Mackey, Mary, Menton, Hazel, Kerrigan, Ciara; (2009) Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]


Mullins, E.; (2006) Review of 'Archives and the Public Interest: Selected Essays by Ernst Posner'. Chicago: Reviews [Details]
Mullins, E.; (2005) Review of 'The Island of St Patrick - Church and ruling dynasties in Fingal and Meath 400-1148' in Studies 374 209-210 (Summer 2005). Dublin: Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

General Research Interests: 

Archival traditions in Ireland; Religious Archiving; Archival Description; Medieval and early modern diplomatics & palaeography; Early Insular Gospel Books and commentary manuscripts

Current Research Projects:

I have two different research projects currently underway. In the field of archivistics I am interested in exploring the history of religious archiving in Ireland and how the records of religious orders are used in contemporary Irish society.

My second research project concerns the reception of Gospel Book prefatory texts in the Insular and Carolingian worlds. I am working specifically the reception of the Eusebian canon tables and the extent to which they played a role in the early medieval understanding of the gospel text.


Research Projects

Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Irish Archives Resource Digital Resource Pack Series
Start Date / End Date : 22-MAR-17 / 01-DEC-17
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Improving Irish Archives Resource portal interoperability
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-16 / 02-DEC-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Fevered archivists: Outreach strategies and the documentation of archival activity in the decade of centenaries
Start Date / End Date : 20-OCT-14 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Title : 2015 Allocation for the Irish Archives Resource
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-15 / 31-DEC-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Agricultural Memory and Archives: A Case Study of Teagasc ¿ The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-17

Recent Postgraduates

Completed PhD Students
Kirsten Mulrennan,   "Issues in Archiving Medical Records in Ireland" (February 2013).

Current Postgraduate Students

Ann Grant, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is guided by the need to equip students with the practical skills of the professional record keeper and the theoretical knowledge to facilitate understanding of the principles underpinning this practice.

Modules Coordinated

201700   ARCV41340     Archivistics: Archival Representation
201700   ARCV30730     Archivistics: Arranging & Describing Archive
201700   ARCV40350     Archivistics: Archival Aquisition&Appraisal
201700   ARCV40060     Archivistics: Introductory Latin
201700   ARCV41330     Archivistics: Introduction to Palaeography
201700   ARCV5001R     Archivistics: Research Activity
201700   ARCV50010     Archivistics: Introduction to Archivistics
201700   ARCV40200     Archivistics: Dissertation (Archives)
201700   ARCV40340     Archivistics: Archival Science

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

With colleagues, I am continually working to enhance the curriculum on the MA and Certificate programmes in response to the accreditation process, subject extern reports and employer feedback. I led the curriculum review process for the MA Archives and Records Management programme in 2015-2017.

Developing as a Teacher

Courses undertaken in the Centre for Teaching and Learning include a four day introduction to university teaching in April-May 2008 and workshops on UCD Internships: Sharing Assessment Practices (December 2013) and Programme Design for Graduate Taught (January 2015).

Innovation & Leadership

Since starting to work in School of History in 2005, I have been involved in developing a range of training programs in archives and records management. These include the masters and certificate programmes which I worked on with my former colleague Ailsa Holland. I intrdocued the PhD in archivistics programme in 2010. I have also sought to increase the programmes' collaboration with practitioners and have developed projects with national and local institutions to support this.


Internal Collaborators

Dr Julie Brooks, School of History
Dr Catherine Cox, School of History
Dr Niamh Pattwell, School of English 

External Collaborators

National Archives, Ireland, Records Acquisition and Description Division 2012-current 
Local Studies Section, DLR LexIcon 2015-2016
Dr Diarmuid Scully, History Department University College Cork