Applications are invited for a Historian in Residence to support the Wexford County Council Decade of Centenaries programme. This is a Contract for Service and there is a grant of €11,000 available, inclusive of all relevant costs associated with the residency.
The residency is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Wexford County Council under the Community Strand of the 2021 Decade of Centenaries Programme.
The successful applicant will be required to provide residency services for a minimum of 10 hours per week over a 44-week period commencing in May 2021.
Historian in Residence 2021 Scheme Criteria
For further information please contact 053-9196566 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply send a current CV and a written submission (less than 1000 words). See also the 2021 scheme criteria for more information.
Please send the application, marked ‘Historian in Residence’ by email to email@example.com
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th April 2021.
Historian in Residence Scheme Criteria 2021
Wexford County Council
Wexford County Council seeks applications for a Historian in Residence to support the Wexford County Council Decade of Centenaries programme. The Residency is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Wexford County Council under the Community Strand of the 2021 Decade of Centenaries Programme.
This is a Contract for Service and the Historian in Residence will be required to provide a minimum of 10 hours services per week over a 44 week period commencing May 2021.
Commemorative Programme for County Wexford
The Commemorative Programme will take note of national policy and national commemorative projects, but it will ultimately focus on County Wexford and environs. The aim of the programme in Wexford is to mark the centenaries within the county in the most appropriate fashion.
The available funding is €11,000. This will be paid in three instalments, inclusive of all expenses incurred. Applicants must be Tax Compliant and provide a Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN) and Tax Reference Number and hold their own insurance cover.
Brief: Historian in Residence
The Historian in Residence should have a proven track record in historical research. Evidence of a publishing output is desirable. A knowledge of the history of County Wexford within the period 1912-1923 is essential.
The applicant should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period. History topics and research covered in the project will generally focus on events within the Decade of Centenaries era. Utilising and promoting the collections of the Wexford Library Local History and Archive services will be a key component of the project. The intention is to create a legacy of research and/or cultural material for future generations. The option of a future publication based on the outcomes of this residency will be considered by Wexford County Council.
The delivery of the programme should be inclusive, appropriate and sensitive, to take account of all aspects of life in County Wexford in the period 1912-1923.
Examples of work under the scope of the project (but not confined to these) include research, outreach, communication, liaison with community groups and publications.
- The applicant should hold a minimum FETAC Level 8 qualification in history or a related discipline.
- The applicant will demonstrate a good knowledge of primary sources relating to modern Irish history and particularly the period 1912-1923.
- The applicant must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work with a wide cross section of the local community and be able to demonstrate evidence of same.
The candidate will be responsible for working with and under the direction of designated Wexford Library staff to:
- Identify themes, events and notable figures
- Co-ordinate research work and timelines
- Arrange suitable and relevant events to promote the Commemorative Programme
- To promote interest and engagement in history among a non-academic audience
- The programme may involve delivery of activities in the evenings and at weekends.
- The programme will take due consideration of the Irish language.
- The candidate will be required to have a full clean driving licence.
- Any activities, outreach projects, etc. must conform to Wexford County Council guidelines.
- Due to COVID 19 activities maybe held online via meeting technology.
All publications, reports, digital content and other outputs generated as part of the project will be the property of Wexford County Council, which will own copyright in such publications, reports, digital content and other outputs generated.
All programmes will be delivered with the co-operation and goodwill of the community at large and may involve outreach projects in schools, libraries and communities across County Wexford. The Historian in Residence will demonstrate an ability to deliver and co-ordinate outreach events within the library and throughout the broader community, to facilitate an inclusive Commemorative Programme.
1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please note applications should be made by sending the information required below:
• An up-to-date CV, including the names and contact details for two professional references.
• A written submission of interest which outlines approaches and plans for the residency, (1,000 words maximum) to include examples of previous similar and relevant work in the area of history. Please also refer and include information as per selection criteria listed below.
2. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR HISTORIAN IN RESIDENCE
• The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate suitable skills including IT competencies, writing style, enthusiasm and must provide evidence of relevant achievement. Previous relevant work experience which involved facilitation and engagement with mixed audiences should be included.
• The resident should have experience, and provide examples, of research assignments and programmes.
• An excellent knowledge of history and heritage both local and national.
• A creative and innovative approach to the delivery of the Historian in Residency programme.
3. CONTRACT AWARD
• Only applications that contain all of the information specified above will be considered.
• In the event of more than one application, applicants maybe shortlisted, and a competitive interview process may take place.
• Evaluation will be on the basis of the information supplied in accordance with the following criteria and scoring:
Previous relevant work experience 40
Experience and examples of research projects to date. Experience in the area of hosting public talks / workshops for all age groups 30
Approach to the Residency in the areas of innovation and creativity 30
• All parties will be informed of the outcome of their proposals following evaluation and of any necessary clarifications.
• A panel of suitable candidates may be formed from which any future opportunities may be filled.
4. APPOINTMENT, EXTENT AND TERMINATION
The successful applicant will be expected to take up this project no later than Monday 10th May 2021 or another earlier date as agreed with the local authority.
Further to Wexford County Council’s obligations under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, engagement will be subject to Garda Vetting to be completed in advance.
The residency shall be for the services described in this brief only.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to engage with other service providers for additional services in connection with the project and shall be under no obligation to extend the contract.
Please send completed application with a current CV marked 'Historian in Residence' by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org