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Sherra Murphy

Dr Sherra Murphy is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies, teaching visual and material culture in the Faculty of Film, Art, and Creative Technologies at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology. Her PhD at University College, Dublin (2015), examined the formation of the Natural History Museum Dublin as an interlocking set of historical, scientific, social, and visual frameworks. The resulting monograph, ‘The First National Museum’: Dublin’s Natural History Museum in the mid-nineteenth century, is published by Cork University Press. Dr Murphy was the 2019 recipient of the Royal Dublin Society Library and Archives Bursary for conducting research in the Society’s equestrian archive, examining the origins of the Dublin Horse Show in the mid-Victorian period through the lens of Irish cultural history, leisure, and social change. Her research areas centre around cultural history, museums, visual culture, the cultural history of nineteenth-century Ireland, the history of natural history, and the history of equestrian sport in Ireland. She also currently represents IADT on the Academic Development Group of the Creative Futures Academy, an innovative collaborative venture between IADT, NCAD, and UCD’s College of Arts and Humanities.