CHOMI SEMINAR SERIES

The next seminar in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series takes place on Thursday, 23 February:

Dr Dora Vargha (University of Exeter)
A rocky beginning: the early WHO and the roots of socialist international health
5 pm, Room K114, School of History, UCD

All Welcome.

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland History of Medicine Section

‘The famine of  1741, Handel and the première of Messiah in Dublin: what’s the connection?’

Talk by Dr Jonathan Bardon (President, Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society).

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 6.15pm.

Geoffrey Bourke Room, First Floor, Setanta House, Dublin 2.

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The Thomsons of Belfast

The Thomsons of Belfast: mathematics, engineering and invention in the family of Lord Kelvin

Saturday 18 February 2017, 14.15 to 16.30

The Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR

A joint meeting organised by the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and the British Society for the History of Mathematics

The speakers will be:

Dr Mark McCartney (Ulster): ‘James Thomson Snr: the Industrious Mathematical Educator’

Professor Andrew Whitaker (QUB): ‘James Thomson Jnr: a Victorian Engineer’

Professor Crosbie Smith (Kent): ‘Lord Kelvin: the Irish Dimensions’

Admission free.  Booking will soon be available through the Northern Ireland Science Festival (www.nisciencefestival.com) but registration is also possible on the day (an email in advance to jim.bennett@mhs.ox.ac.uk would be helpful – thanks).

Public Open Day at the Edward Worth Library

The Edward Worth Library in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital Dublin will be open to the public on 14 November 2016  10.00am-4.00pm as part of Science Week Ireland. All Welcome.


Directions: The Edward Worth Library is situated beside Heuston Train Station and easily accessible by the Luas Red Line, Train, or Dublin Bus 145.

Lunchtime Lecture & Open day for Maths Week – Worth Library

19 October 2016: Open Day for Maths Week (10.00am-4.00pm). This will feature a small exhibition of  early modern mathematical works in the Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8. For more information about the Worth Library see www.edwardworthlibrary.ie 

20 October 2016: Lunchtime lecture by Dr Maurice O’Reilly

‘Mathematical works in the Edward Worth Library (1733): the collection and its significance’

This will take place at 1.00pm in the Worth Library and is intended to mark Maths Week. Spaces are limited and will allocated on a first come, first served basis.

New Book | Grave Matters

Grave Matters, Death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present
Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace

Grave Matters examines the universal subject of death – looking at the particular experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century. Using death as a way of understanding social conditions, contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city’s Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990. They also explore the meanings of humble headstones, elaborate memorials and post-mortem photography. From Sir Francis Agard’s elite funeral in 1577, through the panicky burials during the Spanish flu in 1919, to the presentation of cemeteries as cultural tourism today, this handsomely illustrated collection offers a fascinating analysis of life – and death – in Dublin.

Lisa Marie Griffith is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she completed a PhD on 18th-century Dublin merchants. She is the author of Stones of Dublin: A history of Dublin in Ten Buildings and has published a number of articles on Dublin history. She is co-editor, with Ruth McManus, of Leaders of the City: Dublin’s first citizens, 1500–1950 (2013). Ciarán Wallace lectures in Irish history and Irish studies at DCU, Mater Dei campus. His latest publication was Thomas Fitzpatrick and ‘The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly’, 1905–1915 (2015).

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NI Science Festival 18-28 Feb 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.01.20 p.m.The Northern Ireland Science Festival, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be held this year from the 18th to the 28th of February.

During the day the festival will present a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening the festival will come alive with an eclectic mix of scientific debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film for adults. As well as their core themes of science, technology, engineering and maths, it will focus on how science affects our everyday lives through exploring the science of food, music, art and sport. With over 100 events across more than 25 venues, you are invited to discover the wonderful world of science.

Historians will particularly be interested in ‘From the Cosmos to the City: the geographies of scientific knowledge’ Thursday February 25th 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets are free but prebooking is required.

The full programme of events is available on the festival website.