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Judith Finlay


Judith Finlay was appointed Registrar of the National Museum of Ireland in April 2015, having worked in the Registration Department since 1999. She has responsibility for all aspects of collections management including the Museum’s library and archives.

Judith is also responsible for movement of collections across all museum sites and management of the 200,000m² Collections Resource Centre (CRC) in Swords, Co. Dublin.  Previous to her work in the Collections Resource Centre, Judith was one of the key creators of the museum-wide 5-Year Documentation Plan.

Judith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art and English, a Master’s Degree in History of Art and a Higher Diploma in Education, a Diploma in Archaeology, a Diploma in Zoology and a Master’s Degree in Museum Practice and Management focusing on holistic risk management and has produced the museums first Business Continuity Plan, for the CRC site.  Judith’s professional training has covered, among other things, Project Management, People Management, Adlib for Museums, Archive and Library database Administration and the ECDL.

Her research interests include Asian art, architecture, archaeology and philosophies, behavioural and evolutionary psychology and the origins of art, ethology, zoology, ethnography, the protection and salvage of cultural heritage in areas of conflict, collections management, education, sustainability, accessibility, digital humanities, repatriation and animal protection.  Judith is a member of ICOM – the International Council of Museums, the IAAH - Irish Association of Art Historians and an associate member of the IAI – the Irish Archaeologists of Ireland.

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