Are you curious about your local area and its history? The Certificate in Local History in conjunction with the University of Limerick is a one-year, part-time evening course at certificate level hosted by the Irish Workhouse Centre.

The programme is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating context for reading and research in local history. It offers a qualification to individuals who are already active in the area, an opportunity to those who are interested in historical research for their own personal development and a possible path to further study.


On completing the course a participant will have acquired the ability to:

  • Examine a range of key issues in the history of localities
  • Develop a perspective on how local history might be written
  • Identify, locate, assess and interpret primary and secondary sources
  • Develop the skills to conduct local history research
  • Present the results of research in an appropriate way A sympathetic academic environment will be provided by the course lecturers who will offer guidance and advice in appropriate research and study skills.

Programme of Study

The course will be delivered through lectures and discussion on one evening a week in each of twelve consecutive weeks of the Autumn and Spring semesters.

Applicants are invited from anybody who will be 23 years of age or over on the 1st January of the year of registration. Each candidate is considered on an individual basis whose academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential for the programme are evaluated.

Contact Dr. David Fleming, course director for more info:

Address: Department: History.

Telephone: +353-61-233795

Fax: +353-61-202569


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