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Biography

My name is Siobhan Osgood and I am researching the architecture of the Great Northern Railway Ireland across its entire original network for my PhD at Trinity College Dublin.



I gained a Master’s with Distinction in Art History: Art and Ireland at Trinity College Dublin in 2016. My master's thesis, ‘Railway Architecture: The Great Northern Railway at Dundalk’ was awarded the UK’s Association for Industrial Archaeology’s Dissertation Prize in 2017.

I have presented my ongoing research at the Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS) in Dublin and London alongside a published article in their journal, and for the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in Belfast. Further conference presentations include the 40th Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in Chester, the Irish History Students' Association Conference in Limerick, and the 48th Society for Industrial Archaeology conference in Chicago.

Publications include the Industrial Archaeology Review, Architecture Ireland, the IRRS Journal, and the Centre for Public History at Queen's University Belfast. Full details listed below.

I am always interested in writing blogs and articles for publications and journals, as well as giving interviews.

I love giving presentations, so feel free to contact me if you'd like me to give a lecture or talk. irishrailarch@gmail.com


Awards
  • Association of Industrial Archaeology Dissertation Award 2017 for master’s dissertation: 'Railway Architecture: The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) at Dundalk.'
Grants
  • Trinity College Dublin, PhD Studentship March 2018 - March 2021. Full fees and stipend.
  • British Society for Sports History, Research Grant January 2019. Half share of £500 prize.
  • Society for Industrial Archaeology Student Travel Scholarship June 2019. $800. 
  • Irish Rail Travel expenses for industrial archaeology lecture attendance at University College Cork, 2019. 

Publications
  • Osgood, S., ‘Railway Architecture: The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) at Dundalk’, Industrial Archaeology Review, Taylor and Francis: Didcot, Volume 40, Issue 2, November 2018, pp. 117-126. Click here for full article
  • Osgood, S., 'Ghosts of the Great Northern', Centre for Public History Blog, Queens University: Belfast, 6 August 2018. Click here for full article.
  • Osgood, S., ‘Building of the Month: Dundalk Old Station’, Buildings of Ireland, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage: Dublin (forthcoming). 
  • Osgood, S., ‘Engineering Railway Architecture: The GNRI at Dundalk’, Irish Railway Record Society Journal, IRRS: Dublin, Volume 27, Issue 127, June 2017, pp. 273-275. 
  • Osgood, S., ‘Brick Branding – The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) at Dundalk’, Architecture Ireland, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland: Dublin, 8 April 2017. Click here for full article.
  • Osgood, S., ‘Building Blocks: Legacy of GNR remains in houses around Dundalk’, Dundalk Democrat, 12 January 2017.
Presentations, lectures and interviews 

2019
  • 'Industrial Archaeology of Irish Railway Architecture: The Great Northern Railway Ireland', Presentation at 48th Society for Industrial Archaeology Conference, Chicago, 8 June 2019. 
  • 'Architecture of the Great Northern Railway at Clontarf', Guest Lecture for Clontarf Historical Society, Dublin, 13 May 2019. 
  • 'Engineering Railway Architecture: The Great Northern Railway Ireland', Guest Lecture for Engineers Ireland, 15 April 2019. 
  • 'Brick-Branding: Architectural Archaeology of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland)', Presentation at Irish History Students' Association Conference, Limerick, 2 March 2019.
2018
  • ‘Architecture of the GNRI’, Guest Lecture at Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, Belfast, 12 December 2018. 
  • 'Industrial Archaeology or Railway Anthropology?', Conference Presentation at 40th Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Chester, 18 December 2018. 
  • 'Ghosts of the Great Northern', Research Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, 31 October 2018. 
  • ‘Engineering Railway Architecture: The GNRI’, Guest Lecture, Irish Railway Record Society, Dublin, 12 April 2018. 
2017
  • ‘Engineering Railway Architecture: The GNRI’, Guest Lecture, Irish Railway Record Society, London, 7 December 2017. 
  • Radio Interview: Town Talk, Dundalk FM, Interview regarding protection of GNRI's engineering works, 15 minutes, 12 February 2017. 
2016
  • Members’ Slideshow, Irish Railway Record Society, Dublin, 24 November 2016. 

Citations
  • Anon., 'Interesting talk on Clontarf GNR', Fairview Marino Local History,FMLocalHistory, 13 May 2019. 
  • Anon., 'GNR railway history and the importance of Clontarf railway station house', History Ireland, 13 May 2019. 
  • Kavanagh, P., ‘The History of Local Buildings’, Dundalk Democrat, 23 May 2018. 
  • Anon., ‘Lecture on GNR Works in Museum’, Irish Independent, 26 May 2018.  
  • Lynch, D., ‘Dundalk railway expert 'appalled and alarmed' at removal of historic building from protected list’, Dundalk Democrat, 2 February 2017. 
  • Lynch, D., ‘Save Our Railway Heritage’, Dundalk Democrat, front page, p. 4 and in Editor's Opinion p. 12, 6 February 2017.