Lucy Wray

Dr Lucy Wray

BA, MA, Phd

  • BS8 1TB

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Lucy Wray is a research associate working on the AHRC project, 'Mariners: Religion, race and empire in British ports, 1801-1914'.

Lucy is a social and cultural historian of Ireland and Britain, specialising in lens based sources. She completed her PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, researching the social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland through photography. Her doctoral thesis centred on the work of Belfast photographer Alexander Hogg (1870-1939), exploring representations of everyday life in the city. As well as urban history and visuality, Lucy's research concerns gender, class, poverty, philanthropy and consumption.

From 2022-2023 Lucy was a Research Associate at Ulster University, managing the Madill Archive project. This cultural heritage and digitisation project was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and involved organising an expansive archive which included over 5,000 photographs. 

In 2022, Lucy was awarded Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS). She is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (AFRHS). She is actively involved in digital humanites, public history, cultural heritage and museum initiatives. During her PhD, Lucy acquired placements with the British Library, London and National Museums Northern Ireland, working with their respective photographic collections. She has been employed on a freelance basis by institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery, to lend her expertise and consultation.

 

Lucy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In addition to teaching modules in Irish history, politics, photography and world history at Queen's University, she has designed and delivered modules for Open Learning and Lifelong Learning at QUB and Stramillis and delivered lectures and tours to Queen's Widening Participation unit.

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