In my grandparent’s time…

This is your life!

As grandparents have been around for a long time, it is not surprising that they are a font of knowledge about life in the past. Many older people love to talk about when they were young and can pass on unique memories to children and help them learn more about their own heritage and history.

For this year’s competition we are asking school children to find out about life in the past by talking to their grandparents or an elderly person they know. Your class could pick a theme and interview an older person to learn about life when they were growing up. Questions could be about what they did in their spare time, what games they played, what school was like or the food they ate? Did they witness or take part in any historical events? Students can find out about their family history or about local customs and stories. An elderly person can tell real stories about when they were young and bring history to life.

  • Class Level: Upper primary.
  • Class and individual entries accepted.

How to enter:

There are two categories: an online entry or a book. These will be judged separately. Make your entry as interesting as you can; it could include interviews, stories, old documents, photographs etc. Entries must be received by the Friday 15th March 2013.


Send your project in book form to ‘Primary School Competition’, Education & Outreach Dept, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Each page should have a mixture of images and text. Your book should have a minimum of four pages.

Please include: Class and name of teacher, School name, address, email and telephone number.

Online Entry

Your project (text & photos) can be uploaded to www.ouririshheritage.orgLinks to external website. This website was set up so that individuals, groups and schools can contribute to a nationwide heritage collection. You can find out more information here.

Once you have uploaded your project please register your entry by emailing here.

Please include: Your name, class, name of teacher, school, address, email and telephone number.

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