Lorraine Comer joined the National Museum of Ireland as Head of Education in 2008. She is responsible for leading and managing the Education Department for all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland.
Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English; a Higher Diploma in Education and a Masters degree with honours in Modern Drama Studies from University College Dublin.
As policy maker, educator, researcher and manager, Lorraine has worked in diverse education and cultural settings at local and national levels. Prior to joining the Museum, she was Education Specialist with the Arts Council of Ireland, where she advised on arts-in-education policy and practice. As Local Authority Arts Officer with Wexford County Council, she developed Wexford County Council’s Arts Strategy and initiated cultural programmes and services covering a range of arts disciplines for a broad audience base. As Events and Promotions Co-ordinator with Brent Council in London, Lorraine initiated and developed culturally diverse and inclusive learning programmes with Brent Council’s twelve public libraries and the Museum of Brent. As an educator, she taught History and English at Killinarden Community School and Blakestown Community School in Dublin. Lorraine also co-founded ‘After Hours Theatre Company’ and produced and acted in some of the company’s productions.
Throughout her career, Lorraine researched new developments, theories and models in the field of arts and cultural education. She has also served on several advisory committees and boards.