University of Hertfordshire

Dr Ciara Meehan


Ciara Meehan

Dr Ciara Meehan


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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


I am the head of the History Group at the University of Hertfordshire. You can find the staff pages of my colleagues here.

I am also a member of our Digital History Research Centre (DHRC) and Everyday Lives in War engagement centre, and the director (with Jennifer Evans) of the Perceptions of Pregnancy researchers' network.  


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Current Project

The 1960s was a decade of change in Ireland, when the country began to consider itself ‘modern’. As the economy improved, an air of confidence was noticeable. Popular culture promoted new expectations, and advertisers attempted to sell the idea of modern living. But, despite these changes, traditional values persisted, challenging women to negotiate competing demands on minds and bodies in their everyday lives. This decade offers a unique opportunity to examine how different generations responded to and located themselves within a changing Ireland. Women's magazines form the basis of the primary source research for this project.

Outputs include a monograph (currently under preparation) and a touring exhibition, Modern Wife, Modern Lifewhich has attracted extensive media interest.



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