London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Nicole McLennan

Research Assistant, Archive of the Irish in Britain


Background and Career
Research Interests and Activities

· BA Hons (History), La Trobe University
· MA Cultural Heritage (Museums), Deakin University
· PhD (History) Australian National University

Contact details:

Institute for the Study of European Transformations
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Tel: 020 71334353


Since completing her PhD on English emigration to Australia (1860-1900), Nicole has worked in a variety of cultural and historical fields.  She has lectured at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra and was a tutor at the University of Canberra before becoming part of the small team of Research Editors at the Australian Dictionary of Biography.  She then worked as a curator developing opening day exhibitions for the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Prior to moving to the UK, Nicole filled the role of University Curator at the University of New England in Armidale (New South Wales).  There she oversaw the Museum of Education and worked closely with community groups, volunteer-run museums and with staff at the University’s Regional Archives.

Nicole has joined the ISET team as Research Assistant attached to the Irish in Britain Archive.



Nicole’s research interests are in the areas of social history, migration and museums.  In the past her research has concentrated on Australian history.

Her current project works with the Council of Irish County Associations and the Archive of the Irish in Britain on a heritage project (funded by the Irish Government) to collect and preserve the records of the Council and the County Associations in London.  Nicole’s recent research uses these archival resources to examine the migration and settlement of Irish men and women in London from the 1950s.



2006 ‘Eric Dunlop and the origins of Australia’s folk museums’, ReCollections, Vol.1, No. 2


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