Workshop - If Things Could Talk

Exploring Museums / Object Handling Workshop

This workshop aims to explore the power of objects to tell stories and the roll museums can play in interpreting these objects.

Working in small groups, students will take on the role of the Museum interpreter. Each group will engage with a selection of objects from the Museum's handling collection and will have the opportunity to work as a team to explore the different meanings that we invest in objects. The workshop takes place in the galleries and is facilitated by Museum educators.

The workshop also aims to provide students with opportunities to develop their observational, analytical, listening and team working skills. The structure of this workshop allows it to be tailored to a wide range of learning abilities and learning styles.

Guided and self-guided group visits can be booked for If Things Could Talk by using our online form.

Curriculum Links

This workshop promotes student-centred and student-led ways of learning about Irish social history.  Other skills developed include listening and speaking, debating and group skills. 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian
  • Time and Chronology
  • Using Evidence
  • Communication
  • Life, society, work and culture in the past – language and culture in late 19th and early 20th-Century Ireland

Other Curriculum Links

  • Language/Oral/Listening & Presentation Skills

Maximum: 30 per group. Duration: one hour.
Make a booking or enquiry using the group booking form.


In The Classroom

Follow-up projects or activities can really help to reinforce learning that happened at the Museum and makes the most of your visit. You could:

  • Make your own school or classroom Museum, if everyone was a curator, what would they put in the exhibition? Plan your exhibition by selecting the theme and the objects. Then think about labels or information panels, and the exhibition title. Invite other students, teachers or parents and families to your Museum. 
  • Make your own box of objects choosing items from modern daily life - what object would you choose to tell your story?