Interactive digital oral history maps

Photograph of someone interacting with the whiteboard display of the Cork Memory Map in the North Chapel visitor centre
Interacting with the Cork Memory Map in the North Chapel visitor centre

I am just back from visiting the new (not quite finished yet) visitor centre at the North Chapel, the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, where the outreach hub of the Cork Folklore Project will soon be based. I was there for a fairly informal launch of this year’s issue of The Archive, the Project’s journal. In the room, which will be open to visitors, there is an interactive whiteboard displaying the latest iteration of the Cork Memory Map, which I worked on for my PhD. There are niggles, but it was exciting to see it on display!

After the viva

Word cloud that lists reflection, meaning, context, process, representation and ethics
Word cloud of some of the broad resonances within my research (used as a slide during my Viva presentation)

My Viva voce was last week. It was a strange experience and I am still occasionally kicking myself for not saying things in certain ways. I used the final chapter of John Finn’s book, Getting a Phd, to prepare. He lists a set of general questions that are commonly asked in vivas. I used this, getting my husband to ask me the questions, which forced me to verbalise the thesis. This was quite good preparation and I would recommend it to anyone else in the same situation. Continue reading After the viva

Cultural memory and new media

My research is carried out in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project (, in particular working with the Cork Memory Map (see This is an oral history online map, and memory lies at the heart of the oral historian’s work:

The oral historian, broadly speaking, asks people questions to discover four things: what happened, how they felt about it, how they recall it, and what wider public memory they draw upon. At the heart of this lies memory. (Abrams 2010, 78)

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