Journal Articles:

‘Made in Ireland’? National Narratives and Hybrid Identities in Irish Design History’, Writing Visual Culture, Volume 8, December 2017. Direct Link:


Conference Papers and Talks:

Real World Engagement talk on research as a career, BA Contemporary Visual Culture, Dublin Institute of Technology, March 2018


‘Using Oral History to Study 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, TVAD Research Talk, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, February 2018


‘Made in Ireland’? National Narratives and Transnational Networks in Irish Design History’, Design History Society annual conference, Making and Unmaking the Environment, Oslo, September 2017


Electric Irish Homes: Age & Opportunity Arts & Culture workshop, as part of an Age & Opportunity taster day at An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, September 2017


‘Brown Bread and Washing Machines: Nostalgia and Perspective in Irish Women’s Experience of Rural Electrification’, Oral History Network of Ireland, Galway, June 2017


‘Oral Histories in Research’, at ‘Domesticating Energy’, Material Cultures of Energy AHRC project workshop, University of Cambridge, June 2017


Research Week presentation, Kingston School of Art Research Institute, London, April 2017


‘Electric Irish Homes: Researching Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in 1950s and 1960s Rural Ireland’, V&A/RCA History of Design Spring Research Seminar, Royal College of Art, London, March 2017


‘Shining Clean Machines: The Promotion of Vacuum Cleaners in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Mise Éire: Shaping a Nation Through Design, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts, Dublin, November 2016


‘‘Look what Santa’s Brought for You, Mummy’: Women, Domesticity and the Vacuum Cleaner in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Historical Geographies of Home session at the 16th International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, July 2016


‘‘Look what Santa’s Brought for You, Mummy’: Women, Domesticity and the Vacuum Cleaner in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Irish Women and Rural Society: From Medieval to Modern, Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, March 2016


Online Material:

Sorcha O’Brien awarded AHRC Leadership Fellowship, FADA Kingston University, April 2016. Link:


Design History Society Research Travel Grant Report – Siemens Archive Munich, Design History Society, May 2016. Link:


Dr. Sorcha O’Brien wins research grant for the study of domestic appliances, FADA Kingston University, May 2015. Link: