Dr Harry Welsh

Field Archaeologist and H&S Officer

 

Telephone: 028 90 973728

Email: h.welsh@qub.ac.uk

Profile

Dr Harry Welsh is an archaeologist and historian, with his doctoral research being on the origin and development of fire services in Northern Ireland. He has taken part in archaeological excavations at a variety of sites ranging from prehistoric to early modern and has a particular interest in the interpretation of fire-related evidence uncovered during excavations. He also specialises in training, fire safety, health and safety and personnel management.

In March 2011 Harry's book 'Tomb Travel: A Guide to Northern Ireland's Megalithic Monuments' was launched at Down County Museum. The book, which takes a look at the megalithic tombs of Northern Ireland, was written on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It was published by TSO Ireland and is available to buy through their website.

Harry has since written another book (with June Welsh) entitled 'The Prehistoric Burial Sites of Northern Ireland'. The book was launched in November 2014 and is available to buy and download on the Archaeopress website.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Institute of Historical Research
  • Vice President of the Ulster Archaeological Society
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers

 

Selected Publications & Reports

Books/Monographs

2014: (With Welsh, J.) The Prehistoric Burial Sites of Northern Ireland, British Archaeological Reports British Series 106, Oxford: Archaeopress.

2011: Tomb Travel: a guide to Northern Ireland's megalithic monuments, Belfast TSO.

2004: (With Broadhurst, W.) Out of the Fire, A History of the Fire Brigade in Lisburn (Belfast, 2004).

2001: (With Broadhurst, W.) The Flaming Truth, A History of the Belfast Fire Brigade (Belfast, 2001).

1985: Brief History of the Fire Service in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, Enniskillen.

Journal Articles

2010: 'Field surveys undertaken by the Ulster Archaeological Society in 2006', Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 67, 182-199.

2008: ‘The development of public services in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Belfast: the fire service – a case study’, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 65: 67-89.

2000: ‘The work of the fire service in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 2000’, in Fire Times, October/November 2000, Shoreham by Sea.

 General Reader Publications

2014 ‘Hazardous Materials and the Archaeologist’, Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 28, No. 4, 20-21.

2014: (with Logue, R., Conway, M. and Pinkerton, L.) 'Vernacular house found on Divis Mountain' Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 28(3), 37-38.

2014: (With Ward, K. and O'Rourke, M.) 'A possible prehistoric settlement discovered in County Antrim', Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 28(3). 13-14.

2012: ‘A Possible Prehistoric Flat Cemetery Discovered in County Down’, Archaeology Ireland, Volume 26(4), 10-12.

2011: (With Pinkerton, L.) 'The hills are alive - with the sound of digging', Archaeology Ireland Vol. 25(4), 33-35.

2010: (With Murphy, E., Ó Donnabháin and C. McGranaghan) 'INSTAR - The People of Prehistoric Ireland: Phase 1', Archaeology Ireland, 24(1), 23-25.

2009: 'Accessible Archaeology: Harry Welsh reports on the work of the Ulster Archaeological Society's Fieldwork Survey Group', Archaeology Ireland, 23(4), 10-13.

 Specialist Reports

2014: (With Ward, K. and O'Rourke, M.) Survey and surface artefact collection at Ballytaylor, County Antrim, Survey Report No. 52, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2013: Survey of Vernacular House at Ballyaghagan, County Antrim, Survey Report No. 45, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2013: Survey of Vernacular House at Divis Barn, Divis, County Antrim, Survey Report No. 41, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2012: Survey and surface artefact collection at a possible prehistoric flat cemetery at Ballygarvan, County Down, Survey Report No. 36, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2011: Survey of Ballyaghagan Cashel, County Antrim, Survey No. 35, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2011: (With Welsh, J.) Survey of Cashel at Kilhoyle, County Londonderry, Survey Report No. 23, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2010: Survey of earthwork, Florence Court Demense, County Fermanagh, Survey Report No. 21, Belfast: Ulster Archaeological Society.

2008: (With Mulvenna, M. & Rutherford, G.) Graveyard Survey of St Mary’s Church, Ballaghanery Upper, Co. Down, Ulster Archaeological Society.

2006: (With Welsh, J.) Survey of Cruik na Dhuine, Cushendun, Co. Antrim, Ulster Archaeological Society.

2006: (With Welsh, J.) Survey of Summit Cairn, Divis Mountain, Co. Antrim, Ulster Archaeological Society.

2006: (With Welsh, J.) Survey of Cairn 2 Black Mountain, Co. Antrim, Ulster Archaeological Society.

2006: Survey of Forthill Rath, Creevyloughgare, Co.Down, Ulster Archaeological Society.

1990: Guide to Fire Precautions in Buildings of Historic and Architectural Interest, Northern Ireland Fire Brigade, Lisburn.

Internal Reports

2014: Monitoring Report No. 279, Vernacular House, Dunanney Lane, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2013: Archaeological Impact Assessment 013, Proposed Law School, University Square, Belfast, Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2013: Archaeological Impact Assessment 012, Proposed School of Biological Sciences (Old Science Library and 14a Lennoxvale), Belfast, Belfast, Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2012: (with Murray, E. and Conway, M.) Data Structure Report No. 79, Excavation at the site of the Queen Anne Period Mansion House, Castle Ward, Strangford, County Down, Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2011: Health, Safety and Welfare Manual, Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2011: Data Structure Report No. 78 Excavation at Ballyaghagan Cashel, County Antrim, Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2011: Evaluation/Monitoring Report No. 228 Carrickfergus Castle [Battlements of Keep] County Antrim. Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2011: Archaeological Impact Assessment AIA010, Windsor Park, Belfast. Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2011: Monitoring Report No. 220 [Inner Ward] Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim. Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2009: Evaluation/Monitoring Report No. 169, [Flash Room Corridor] Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim. Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.

2009: Evaluation/Monitoring Report No. 171, 26 Cornavarrow Road, Drumquin, County Tyrone. Belfast: Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork.