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Gillian O'Brien


Gillian O'Brien is Professor of Public History at the Liverpool John Moores University.

Gillian is the author of 'The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland's Places of Famine, Death and Rebellion' (2020) and "Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago" (2015), and co-editor of 'Georgian Dublin' and 'Portraits of the City: Dublin and the Wider World'. 

She is also involved in a number of public history projects and has been the historical advisor for museum and heritage scheme including the development of Spike Island in Co. Cork, Ireland and work on Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse in Co. Dublin and Nano Nagle Place in Cork city. As part of her work on museums and heritage centres, she has published 'Inception, Development, Operation: A Report on Best Practice for Site-Specific Museums and Heritage Centres' (2018) and 'Beyond Storytelling: Exhibiting the Past (2020).

Gillian O'Brien was co-opted to the board of directors of the Irish Museums Association in 2022.