Handling Collection

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Handling Collection

Museum workshops  are designed to meet the needs of a range of learning styles and provide opportunities to handle high-quality objects.

Object-based learning encourages students to use and develop a range of skills including language and listening skills and critical thinking skills. Workshops also:

  • Demonstrate the importance of multiple perspectives
  • Develop perceptions, ability for reflection and problem solving
  • Encourage students to think as archaeologists, through hands-on, object-based learning.

The Education and Outreach Department have a collection of

Male Viking Costume

objects which can be handled by the public. Presently the collection consists of replica Mesolithic and Neolithic objects, Early Christian material based on the Faddan More Psalter and a variety of Viking and Medieval objects; these replicas were carefully researched and based on what is in the main collection of the Museum.

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The replica ceramics (pictured below right) represent a large time span from the oldest piece a replica domestic round bottomed pot from the Stone Age or Neolithic, to the Medieval 13th century puzzle jug of the type found in Dublin.

Prehistoric Pottery

Also part of this collection is a replica large encrusted funerary urn similar to the one found in a Bronze Age a pit burial in Co Wicklow. However most of the replica pottery relates to life in Medieval Ireland, this includes a ceramic moneybox, ladle, puzzle jugs and serving jugs (pictured below).

Medieval Serving Jugs

The handling collection is maintained by the Education and Outreach Department and is used in workshops for schools. Please check our schools programme for details about these events:

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For tours and workshops, the maximum number of students per group is 30.

Duration of tours and workshops is approx. 45 minutes.

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