Heritage Research Group

Research group of specialist staff with expertise in the principal forms of cultural heritage – intangible, tangible, natural, and digital

Famine ship, Murrisk, Co. Mayo

We are a research group of 13 academic staff, who also teach on GMIT’s undergraduate courses at the Galway, CCAM and Mayo campuses of GMIT.

Our group has wide-ranging expertise in the principal forms of cultural heritage – intangible, tangible, natural, and digital. We are particularly interested in the practical application and use of the past in the present.

We also conduct research in collaboration with various partners and clients in the cultural heritage, historic environment and tourism industries/sectors. Research questions are explored with a critical mind and a creative spirit.

Find out more at the following links:

- Research

- Case Studies

- Specialist Staff

 

Postgraduate Education

We are committed to the provision of postgraduate education for those who wish to train for rewarding careers in the above-mentioned areas. Amongst our members are postgraduate students, who are conducting research for their MA and PhD theses.

Since 2001, 17 candidates have been supervised to completion in postgraduate research degree programmes in the discipline area of Heritage Studies (i.e. four PhDs, 12 MAs, and one MSc).

In the academic year 2018–2019, the number of registered postgraduates in Heritage Studies stands at eight – comprising three PhD and five MA candidates.

 

Services
In our explorations of cultural heritage, we are committed to servicing the research needs of agencies, citizens, civic bodies, communities, government departments, heritage businesses, local authorities, museums, professional bodies, and visitor attractions.

 

For further information, please contact our specialist staff or:

Dr Mark McCarthy
Lecturer and Programme Chair in Heritage Studies
Department of Heritage and Tourism
Galway International Hotel School
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway

Tel: +353 91 742411
Email: mark.mccarthy@gmit.ie

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