Researchers at UCD


Julie Brooks

Lecturer In Archives & Records Management

School of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 (0)1 716 8374


I completed a PhD at the University of Durham in 2006, reconsidering the survival of Presbyterian radicalism in Ulster in the first half of the nineteenth century.  Following a year working in the university's Archives and Special Collections, I came to Dublin where I completed the MA in Archives and Records Management at UCD. Subsequently, I worked for three years as a professional archivist at the National Archives of Ireland cataloguing the Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary's Office. This unique collection dating from 1818, accumulated by the Irish administration at Dublin Castle, constitutes one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I also authored historical and contextual essays for the collection's website.

I took up the post of lecturer in the School of History and Archives at UCD in 2012, teaching on the MA in Archives and Records Management programme, the only professionally accredited education programme in Ireland. I teach core and optional modules for the MA on a range of recordkeeping theory and practice including records management, archival preservation, archival outreach and the management of audio-visual and non-textual archive materials.  In addition to supervising MA dissertations and doctoral research, I also coordinate two professional Certificate programmes in Archives Management and Records Management, aimed at providing training and education for those already working in recordkeeping roles.

I am actively involved with the archives and records management professions in Ireland and the UK, serving on the Irish committees of both the Archives and Records Association and the Information and Records Management Society. I am also involved with the work of the International Standards Organization (ISO) on standards related to records management and archives, representing Ireland via the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).


Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: Lisa McElhinney Student Bursary Award (Records Management)


Association: Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), Function/Role: Member
Association: Information and Records Management Society (UK and Ireland), Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Society for Archives, Function/Role: Member
Association: Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER), Function/Role: Member


Committee : Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)
Committee : Information and Records Management Society (UK and Ireland)
Committee : National Standards Authority of Ireland, ISO TC 046 Interest Group


Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Lecturer, School of History, 2012-
Employer: National Archives Ireland
Position: Project Archivist, 2008-2011
Employer: University of Durham, Archives and Special Collections, 2005-2006
Position: Archives Assistant
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Occasional Lecturer, Certificate in Archives Management, 2009-2010
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Temporary Lecturer, MA in Archives and Records Management, 2010


Year 2008 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject: Archives and Records Management
Year 2006 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 2000 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: BA Subject:

Outreach Activities

Paper on Data Protection presented at meeting of Church Archivists' Association, Ireland, November 2012



Book Chapters

Julie N. Brooks (2013) 'The significance of history in modern and post-modern appraisal' In: Holland, Ailsa C., Mullins, Elizabeth (eds). Archives and Archivists 2. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]


Brooks, Julie Nelson; Hogan, Jane (2013) Catalogue of the Wylde Family Papers 1831-1923, Durham University Library. Catalogue Available Online [Details]
Brooks, Julie (2011) Catalogue of the Chief Secretary's Office Registered Papers, Ireland. Catalogue Available Online [Details]

Website article

Brooks, Julie (2011) Historical Commentary to accompany the Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary of Ireland, 1819. Website article Available Online [Details]
Brooks, Julie (2011) Historical Commentary to accompany the Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary's Office of Ireland, 1821. Website article Available Online [Details]
Brooks, Julie (2011) The Personnel of the Chief Secretary's Office, Dublin Castle, 1818-1822. Website article Available Online [Details]
Brooks, Julie (2011) The Office of the Chief Secretary of Ireland. Website article Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

General Research Interests:

My research interests span both archivistics and history. They include: records management; recordkeeping and its role in accountability; the impact of born-digital records on organisational recordkeeping; archival theory, in particular archival appraisal and the relationship between history and archives; and Presbyterian radicalism in the north of Ireland in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Current research Interests:

I am currently interested in several strands of research, focusing on the role of, and attitudes to, recordkeeping and records management within Irish society and Irish governance. This includes records management within the public sector and government policy on recordkeeping in the digital era, considering the implications for democratic accountability, and ultimately, the archival records of the future. Other current research includes a consideration of the relationship between records management and information governance, encompassing issues of professional identity and the relevance of the recordkeeper in the 21st century information landscape.

I am also working on ongoing research into the involvement of Presbyterian clergy and laity in the tenant right movement of the late 1840s and early 1850s, and the 1852 Irish general election, including the relationship between the Marquis of Londonderry and Presbyterians in north Down during this period.


Recent Postgraduates

MA 2012 Dissertation supervisor of Suzanne Bedell, Fergus Brady, Conor Hamilton, Ross Higgins, Tammy McNee, Caitriona Ni Dhunain, Maria Ryan
MA 2013 Dissertation supervisor of Megan Dolan, Ewan Evans, Nicola Griffin, Jessica Handy, Kathleen O'Flaherty, Noelle Mitchell, Louise Quinn
MA 2014 Dissertation supervisor of Alanna Clerkin, Samm Coade, Conor Dent, Emma Horgan, Felix Meehan, Daire O'Ruanai, Nev Swift
MA 2015 Dissertation supervisor of Sarah Breaux, Sarah Gallagher, Nicola Gray, Kevin Healion, Paul Heffernan, Helen Madden, Aoife Phelan, Niamh Scannell

Current Postgraduate Students

Ann Grant, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Michael Reilly, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Secondary Supervisor



Modules Coordinated

201500   ARCV40030     Archivistics: Archives preservation
201500   ARCV30770     Archivistics: Archives looking out
201500   ARCV30020     Archivistics: Records, Recordkeeping & Accou
201500   ARCV30760     Archivistics: Preserving&Acquiring Archives
201500   ARCV30010     Archivistics: Records management in practice
201500   ARCV40150     Archivistics: Digitising Archive Collections
201500   ARCV40070     Archivistics: Managing Records & Information
201500   ARCV40040     Archivistics: Archives and their Users



External Collaborators

Sarah Hayes, Chair of IRMS Ireland - joint UCD School of History and IRMS Ireland conference held at UCD on 'Issues in Contemporary Records Management', with sponsorship from Wincanton Records Management, October 2015