Dr Hilary Bishop

Liverpool Business School

Prior to academic study I was employed by a global financial institution for 24 years working alongside senior management to deliver corporate services to a number of blue chip multi-national companies and local government offices before progressing to a management role in Financial Services. I successfully gained qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Bankers and have been employed by Liverpool John Moores University as a Senior Lecturer within the Liverpool Business School since 2009.

Between 2010 and 2017 I worked in a voluntary capacity, as Community Engagement Specialist, for the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) for the Environment Agency, leading their 2020 Vision and acting as a member of their annual floods conference steering committee. I was also a member of the Wirral Flood Partnership.

Between 2005 and 2013 I studied with the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, where I was awarded the Arthur Frederick Price Memorial Prize, two Bibby Undergraduate Scholarships and a John Lennon Memorial Scholarship. In September 2008 I was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant for MPhil research to investigate the impact of European Union funding upon the management of archaeological monuments within England and the Republic of Ireland with specific reference to agri-environmental schemes. Supervised by Professor Marianne Elliott O.B.E, my PhD focused on Mass Rock sites within the diocese of Cork and Ross, county Cork. I have delivered papers at conferences in the UK, Ireland and America and, in September 2013, I was awarded a Willard Potts and Don Jordan Emerging Scholar Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies (West) in San Francisco.

I was appointed as a Chartered Geographer by the Royal Geographic Society in 2017 and am listed on the Directory of Experts for the British Association of Irish Studies. I am currently Research Series Editor for the Historical Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society and have a research dedicated website www.findamassrock.com.

Languages

French
Irish

Degrees

2013, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD, Irish Studies (Human Geography)
2009, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MPhil, Irish Studies (Archaeological Heritage Management)
2008, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, B A (Hons) First Class, Irish Studies

Certifications

2021, in>pd, United Kingdom, Advanced Leadership for Directors
2020, in>pd, United Kingdom, Advanced Strategic Planning for Directors
2020, in>pd, United Kingdom, Finance for Non-Finance Directors
2020, in>pd, United Kingdom, Strategic Marketing and Communications for Directors
2019, in>pd, United Kingdom, The Role of the Non-Executive Director and the Board

Academic appointments

Research Series Editor, Historical Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society, 2021 - present
Link Tutor, Business School, South Eastern Regional College, 2019 - present

Journal article

Bishop H, Hurley M. 2023. Mapping Through Memory: The location and nature of Mass paths in Ireland. Irish Geography, 55 :21-43 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop H. 2023. The History and Heritage of Mass Rocks with particular reference to West Cork Skibbereen Historical Journal, 19 :36-62 Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop HJ. 2019. Keeping the Faith. The role of the Irish house during the Penal era and beyond. Review of Irish Studies in Europe, 3 :1-16 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop HJ. 2018. Memory and Legend: Recollections of Penal Times in Irish Folklore Folklore, 129 :18-38 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop HJ. 2016. Mass Sites of Uíbh Laoghaire Journal of Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 121 Public Url

Bishop HJ. 2015. Classifications of Sacred Space: A new understanding of Mass Rock sites in Ireland. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop HJ. 2014. Spatial Distribution and Location of Catholic Mass Rock Sites in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, County Cork, Ireland Geographies of Religions and Belief Systems, 4 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bishop H, Hurley M. Mapping Through Memory Irish Geography,

Thesis/Dissertation

Bishop HJ. 2013. Sacred Space. A Study of the Mass Rocks of the Diocese of Cork and Ross, County Cork. Elliott M, Morrisey K, Nugent P. University of Liverpool

Bishop HJ. 2010. The impact of EU funding upon the management of archaeological monuments within England and the Republic of Ireland with specific reference to agri-environmental schemes Nugent P. University of Liverpool

Dataset

Bishop HJ. 2013. Find a Mass Rock Website Author Url Publisher Url

Chapters

Bishop H. A Secret Affair. Researching Ireland's Catholic Mass Rocks. Wise N, Kusek W. Human Geography and Professional Mobility

Books (authored)

Bishop H. Hidden Sacred Places of the Catholic Mass Springer Nature

Exhibition

Dunnett C, Bishop H. A Well-Trodden Path Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Other invited event:

Teaching, University of Galway, Teaching session on Sacred Space for Irish landscape, Literature and Culture module invited by Dr Nessa Cronin. Nessa Cronin is a Lecturer in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, and Associate Director of the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, Ireland.. 2024

Merseyside and Vinje Joint Venture, Norwegian Parliament, Oslo, Norway, Merseyside and Vinje Joint Venture. 2020

Keynote Speaker, International Week. University of Finance and Administration, Prague, Czech Republic, Mind the Gap. Fast fashion and sustainable fashion.. 2019

A Well Trodden Path - Project Workshop, Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Galway, ROI, A community workshop related to a the mapping and recording of Mass paths in the Parish of Lackagh. 2019

Phi Beta Delta 33rd Annual International Conference, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, Session Chair. 2019

Ireland's Mass Rocks, Moore Institute, NUIG, Ireland, Visiting Research Fellowship Public Lecture. 2018

Cork Heritage Week, Cork, Republic of Ireland, A Public Lecture at Cork County Library 'Mass Rocks of County Cork'. 2017

Landscapes, Environment & Heritage in Irish Studies, University College Cork, For those studying and researching Irish landscapes, there is a plethora of data and information available ranging from historic maps to GPS data, literary geographies, architectural and archaeological sources, oral histories and visual representations. This workshop considered the common codes and methodologies in this inherently inter-disciplinary research field.. 2016

Mass Rocks of County Cork, Cork, Ireland, Guest Lecture for Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. 2015

Public engagement:

Public talk or lecture, Local adults, students, historians, and special interest groups, Invited Speaker, Galway City Museum, ILLUSTRATED TALK: Mass Paths, Mass paths were the countryside walkways used by Catholics to attend illegal masses during penal times (1695–1829). A Well Trodden Path is a collaborative exhibition between photographer Caitriona Dunnett, Dr Hilary Bishop of Liverpool John Moores University, and Lackagh Museum and Heritage Centre, which explores the heritage of mass paths in Lackagh in Co Galway. With the help of the local community, a web of 15 mass paths was mapped out and photographed. The exhibition is on display at Galway City Museum until the end of January 2024. In conjunction with the exhibition, Dr Hilary Bishop, assisted by Michael Hurley of the Lackagh Museum and Heritage Centre, will give an illustrated talk on the origin of Mass Paths and their social significance connecting townlands throughout the large parish of Lackagh. Suitable for Ages 12+ This event is free of charge, but advance booking is advised as seating is limited. To book a place contact the Museum on 091 532 460 or email museum@galwaycity.ie., https://galwaycitymuseum.ie/event/illustrated-talk-mass-paths/. 2024

Public talk or lecture, Local adults, local children, local Priest, Invited Speaker, Lackagh Parish Centre, Illustrated Talk, Illustrated talk: Mapping Through Memory. In summer 2019, a survey was undertaken on the Mass Paths of Lackagh Parish by Dr Hilary Bishop of Liverpool John Moore’s University. The plan at the time was for the production of a booklet and photographic exhibition featuring the findings of the study. However Covid intervened and the report and exhibition never happened-until now! The project output is the paper, Mapping through Memory: The location and nature of Mass paths in Ireland which was recently published in a Geographical Society of Ireland publication, Irish Geography. Dr. Bishop returned to Lackagh on Saturday 9th of September to give a brief outline of her study which was aided by Gerry McDonagh, Frank Kearney and Michael Hurley., https://www.lackaghmuseum.ie/. 2023

Media Coverage:

Galway Bay FM for Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan. The interview related to the Exhibition - A Well Trodden Path - at Galway City Museum and the history and heritage of Irish Mass Paths. Interview Titled: Culture Corner: Mass Paths. Ours to Protect with John Morley 2024

The Mass Paths of Lackagh Parish 2023

Connaught Tribune Mass Paths of Lackagh Parish 2023

Parish Mass Paths 2019

Discovering Mass Paths 2019

Upon These Rocks 2018

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Award:

Quality Research Participatory Research Fund, Research England via Liverpool John Moores University, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/articles/2022/8/10/ref-success-leads-to-significant-boost-in-funding. 2023

Visiting Research Fellow, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Visiting Research Fellow, https://www.ucd.ie/irishfolklore/en/. 2019

Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship, Moore Institute, NUIG, Ireland, http://mooreinstitute.ie/visiting-fellows-scheme/. 2018

Staff Citizenship Award, Liverpool John Moores University. 2015

Willard Potts and Don Jordan Emerging Scholar Award, American Conference for Irish Studies - West. 2013

John Lennon Memorial Fund Scholarship, University of Liverpool. 2008

Bibby Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Liverpool. 2007

Arthur Frederick Price Memorial Prize, University of Liverpool. 2006

Bibby Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Liverpool. 2006

External committees:

Historical Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society, Treasurer. 2022

Historical Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society, Research Series Editor. 2021

Conference presentation:

The Covid-19 Catalyst: Survival, resistance and recovery within the Catholic Church in Ireland, Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, Newcastle, Oral presentation. 2022

The Covid-19 Catalyst: Survival, resistance and recovery within the Catholic Church in Ireland, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022, Newcastle, Conference Paper. 2022

Open Research Week 2022, Open Research and Me: What can possibly go wrong?, Liverpool John Moores University, Conference Paper. 2022

Other Professional Activity:

Chartered Geographer, Royal Geographical Society. 2019

Directory of Experts, British Association of Irish Studies. 2017

Member of the Irish Memory Studies Network based at University College Dublin.

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy, A Well Trodden Path. The history and heritage of Mass paths in Ireland., Grant value (£): 8769.00, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2018

Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Mass Rocks in the Diocese of Cloyne, County Cork, Republic of Ireland, Grant value (£): 1000.00, Duration of research project: 2 weeks. 2014

Royal Geographical Society, Mass Rocks in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, County Cork, Republic of Ireland, Grant value (£): 500.00, Duration of research project: 1 week. 2014

British Association of Irish Studies, Mass Rocks in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, County Cork, Republic of Ireland, Grant value (£): 500.00, Duration of research project: 1 week. 2010

Arts and Humanities Research Council, The impact of EU funding upon the management of archaeological monuments within England and the Republic of Ireland with specific reference to agri-environmental schemes., Grant value (£): 12,000.00, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2008

Industrial connections:

Caitriona Dunnett Photographer, Photographer for British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant - A Well Trodden Path. The history and heritage of Mass paths in Ireland., http://www.caitrionadunnett.com/. 2018

Lackagh Museum and Heritage Centre, Hosts for British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant - A Well Trodden Path. The history and heritage of Mass paths in Ireland., https://www.lackaghmuseum.ie/. 2018

Fellowships:

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Geographical Society. 2017

Fellowship Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy. 2013

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2012

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