McCutcheon, W.A., Doctor

Biography/History

<p>William Alan Mc Cutcheon MA. Ph.D. FSA. MRIA.  Industrial Archaeologist, Historian, Archivist and former Director of the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's University Belfast. After graduating in 1955, with an Honours degree in Geography, he became a committed student of the emerging discipline of Industrial Archaeology under Emeritus Professor E. Estyn Evans. He was awarded both a Masters degree and Ph.D. 1958 and 1962 respectively from the University for his research. From 1962-68 engaged in an unprecedented    survey of the Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland, for the Ministry of Finance and organised through the Public Record Office. The work formed the basis for numerous publications in Ireland, Great Britain and USA, culminating in his landmark publication, “The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland" which was published by HMSO for the Department of the Environment for NI in 1980. Appointed First Keeper of Technology and Local History at the Ulster Museum in 1965 and was responsible for the creation of new gallery displays on various aspects of Ireland’s industrial history. Appointed,   Director of the Ulster Museum 1977.</p>\n<p>In 1970 he was admitted to Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London and in 1983 to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. More recently, McCutcheon was appointed an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Queen's University Belfast where he arranged and catalogued the vast collection of documentary and pictorial material, which forms a major part of the Industrial Heritage Archive. This collection was transferred in 2010 to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s Built Heritage Section, where it is held alongside the original collection, which had been located in the Ulster Museum and subsequently moved to the Public Record Office Northern Ireland.</p>\n<p> Publications include: The Canals of the North of Ireland (1965); "The Use of Documentary Material in the Northern Ireland Survey of Industrial Archaeology" in Economic History Review, Vol. 19 (1966); Railway History in Pictures Ireland Volume 1 (1969); Railway History in Pictures Ireland Volume 2(1970) (The Stationary Steam Engine in Ulster (Dublin, 1976); Wheel and Spindle Aspects of Irish Industrial History (1977); The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland (Belfast, 1980)</p>

Role
Industrial Archaeologist