Patrick Gately, raft maker and James G. Delaney, Irish Folklore Commission beside a rush raft made for fishing and fowling on the River Suck in Co. Roscommon, 1962.

The Natural Environment Level B

Patrick Gately, raft maker and James G. Delaney, Irish Folklore Commission beside a rush raft made for fishing and fowling on the River Suck in Co. Roscommon, 1962.

Communities relied on the resources available in the immediate natural environment for self-sufficiency and survival. This exhibition looks at how the way of life in rural Ireland was influenced by the landscape and its resources. This is explored through vernacular architecture and illustrated by using different raw materials to make similar objects.

Find out how your school can make the most of this exhibition...

At the Museum

Some of the activities listed also relate to other exhibitions.

Tours & Activities

Tour: Housing in the Last 100 Years

Curriculum Links: SESE: History, Geography, Strands: Local Studies, Continuity & Change

Concepts & Skills: Working as an Historian

Tour: Sustainability

Curriculum Links: SESE: Geography, History, Strands: Environmental Awareness and Care

Concepts & Skills: Geographical Investigation Skills

Tour: Nature Ramble

Curriculum Links: SESE: Geography, History, Science, Strands: Natural Environments

Concepts & Skills: Geographical Investigation Skills

Demonstration: Straw Basket

Curriculum Links: Arts Education/Visual Arts, SESE: History, Geography, Strands: Construction, Life, society, work and culture in the past

Concepts & Skills: Working as an Historian

Trail: Treasure Hunt

Curriculum Links: SESE: History, Geography, Strands: Life, society, work and culture in the past

Concepts & Skills: Working as an Historian; Using Evidence

Interactive Gallery Tours for Infant Classes

Curriculum Links: SESE: History, Geography, Strands: My Family

Concepts & Skills: Working as an Historian; Using Evidence

Activities for Infant Classes: Housing in the Past Workshop

Curriculum Links: SESE: History, Geography, Strands: Myself and My Family

Concepts & Skills: Working as an Historian; Using Evidence, construction

Handling Collection

We have developed a handling collection so that children can investigate first hand many of the objects that on display. Using these objects as aprimary source can develop the skill of working as an historian.

Objects relating to this exhibition are available in the Resource Room.

In the Classroom

In the classroom, there are several follow up activities you can do with your class to continue The Natural Environment topic.

We suggest:

  • Study of Vernacular Buildings in your local area
  • Conduct an Environmental Audit: Assess the impact of human acivity in the local area
  • Talk about how life has changed and stayed the same
  • Press leaves and create display adding folklore of individual trees (Art) Ask Grandparents for their tree lore or superstitions (History)
  • Make an object using straw

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