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Sara Donaldson, (PhD Researcher)


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Sara Donaldson is an art, design and fashion historian, a PhD researcher at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University and a Northern Bridge Consortium Scholar (AHRC UK). She holds a BA and MLitt (with Distinction) in History of Art, an MA in Hisory of Design and the Applied Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Training and Education.

Sara has twenty-five years of experience as a lecturer in the history of art, design and fashionable dress. She is a senior lecturer at Griffith College Dublin and the Insitute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and has also lectured at UCD, NCAD, TUD and Limerick School of Art and Design. As former Research Fellow at the National Gallery of Ireland, Sara had curatorial responsibility for the French collection. She continues to work as a researcher and writer for the Gallery and is author of the National Gallery of Ireland Companion Guide (2009).


Sara's doctoral research focuses on wool cloth finishing in Ireland, taking the firm of C.H. Bates & Co of Kilmainham Mills, Dublin as her case study.


Education/Academic qualification

Master, Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training , Griffith College Dublin

1 Sept 201130 May 2013

Award Date: 20 Nov 2013

Master, MA in Design History and the Applied Arts, National College of Art and Design, Ireland (NCAD)

1 Sept 200330 Apr 2005

Award Date: 30 Oct 2005

Master, MLitt (with Distinction) in History of Art, University College Dublin

1 Sept 199611 Nov 1999

Award Date: 30 Oct 1997

Bachelor, BA Hons in History of Art and Archaeology, University College Dublin

1 Sept 199330 Jun 1996

Award Date: 30 Oct 1996

External positions

Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory, Griffith College Dublin

1 Sept 2007 → …

Principal Lecturer in History of Art, Design & Fashion, Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV)

1 Sept 2007 → …

Associate Researcher, National Gallery of Ireland

1 Apr 2007 → …