Allan Blackstock was born in Belfast where, after a working in industry, he entered third level education as a mature student. After graduation, he worked for a period as an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and has also provided historical consultancy for various museums.
He taught at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the School of Modern History and the Institute of Irish Studies before joining the University of Ulster in 2002 where, in addition to conventional teaching, he has been involved in developing e-learning programmes in Irish Cultural Heritages. He was promoted to Reader in Irish Cultural Heritages in 2005.
In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2006 to the editorial board of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.