Planning a ‘Do It Yourself’ Visit

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At the Museum

Set a theme

The museum deals with the period from 1850 and 1950 and explores the lives of ordinary people. The exhibition themes include:

Encourage students to investigate objects from our handling collection. Contact us for help and advice.

Set a task

Develop skills by encouraging students to examine and record what they see. Clipboards, pens and paper available.

Possible tasks include:

  • Ask students to think about where we find objects and why they survived.
  • Encourage students to become comfortable in a Museum setting by for example, reading and understanding object labels
  • Ask students to look for an object from a particular area of Ireland or time period. Then ask them to write a ‘label’ for the object.
  • For a local history project, ask students to find objects from their locality.
In the Classroom

Prepare the class

Prepare the students for the visit by giving them an idea of what they can expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit.

Familiarise students with some of the vocabulary that they might encounter in the Museum. Explain what is expected of them during the visit for example if they are to fill out worksheets or follow a trail.

Post visit work

Have some follow-up work planned for after the visit such as talking about a drawing they made of an object or presenting the information which they found out.

A cross curricular approach could be followed by asking the student to write a story about what it would have been like to find such an object, what living in a time period was like, or to draw an object which they sketched in the Museum. Refer to their Museum visit and what they saw when looking at course work in the classroom.


The exhibition pages contain information about the key developments and objects in a time period. There is further information in the collections pages.

Find out how the Museum conserves or looks after the objects.

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