Board Members


Melissa Collins is the President and co-founder of the Dublin Emerging Museum Professionals, and is currently a Documentation Intern for the National Museum of Ireland. She has an MA in Museum Studies from University College London, and a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. Melissa’s passion for cultural heritage grew while working in the Archaeological Collections department for the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles, California. Since then she has held positions in collections management, curation, volunteer management, and program development in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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Gillian Whelan is the Vice President and co-founder of the Dublin Emerging Museum Professionals. Her background is in technical and studio photography, and she holds a BA Hons. in Photography and Digital Imaging from D.I.T. She specialises in heritage imaging technologies and workflow, digitisation implementation and best practice for Museums, Archives, and Special Collections and currently leads the imaging team in the Library of Trinity College Dublin as Senior Photographer. She has consulted on imaging projects for the National Archives, University of Limerick, the Royal Irish Academy, Worth Library, and the Natural History Museum, Dublin.

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Melanie Whelan is the Communications Chair and co-founder of the Dublin Emerging Museum Professionals. She worked on the marketing of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising at the National Museum of Ireland and is currently working at EPIC Ireland, a new Irish Diaspora Museum in Dublin. She studied History and Archaeology at UCD Dublin and has a Digital Marketing Qualification from Dublin Business School.

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