Call for Gallipoli Project Participants

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History and Kerry County Museum are looking for Post Primary Schools who would like to participate in a cross-curricular, international project on World War One.

The Project

This European Education Schools Project is a unique opportunity to explore and share the stories of Irish people who fought in Gallipoli (Turkey) during the First World War, using museum objects and other primary sources.

The Topic

In 1915, many Irish soldiers went with the British Army to fight in the Gallipoli Campaign against the Turkish Army. Most of these men were members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Munster Fusiliers. They came from different parts of Ireland, including Kerry, Cork and the Dublin region.

The National Museum of Ireland and Kerry County Museum will:

  • Facilitate workshops, introducing students to the stories of the Gallipoli campaign, using original objects from World War One as a learning stimulus
  • Support the research and interpretation of local stories relating to the Gallipoli campaigns and World War One
  • Facilitate outreach visits to relevant heritage sites in Ireland
  • Facilitate the dissemination of the students’ work, for example through an online platform
  • Coordinate the exchange of study results with participating schools and heritage institutions abroad

All workshops and programme details will be agreed with the participating teachers and students. We aim to tailor the programme contents to your students’ needs.

Our partners

This project will be carried out in partnership with local museums and history groups.

At least five museums in the UK and two partners in Turkey will also take part in this international project, involving local schools.

What are the benefits to your school?

  • Unique learning opportunities in facilitated workshops, through a range of approaches including cross-curricular learning, working with primary sources from World War One, interpreting historical events through arts
  • Building international links and exchanging project outcomes with students from the UK and Turkey
  • Long-lasting legacy of the project: the work process will be documented and project outcomes displayed on Museum websites and an online platform shared with other European project partners


April 2014 – January 2016

This is the maximum time period, but the project can be shortened to the coming academic year, September 2014 - June 2015.

Who can take part?

We are looking for two Irish Post Primary Schools who are interested in carrying out a 1-2 year long project on World War One with any of their classes - this could be a Transition Year group or any other year.

Ideally, you and your students are interested in some or all of the following:

  • Using museum objects to explore the history of World War One
  • Researching and interpreting the stories of Irish people who took part in World War One
  • Cross-curricular work (e.g. History, English, Art, Geography, CSPE)
  • Engaging with students in the UK and Turkey via email/ social media in relation to the project

The project can be linked to the History, English, Arts and CSPE curriculum in particular and might therefore be particularly suitable for you and your students if you are teaching English – History – or Art. However, Geography, Science and Music also played a huge role in the War and their study can be included in the project.

How to apply?

Please send us a short application including:

  • The name and contact details of your school
  • Your name and role in the School as well as name and role of your colleague(s) who will take part in and support the project
  • Can you commit to the project for a 1.5 year period from April 2014-Jan 2016 or a 1 year period Sep 2014 – June 2015?
  • How many hours could you and your students spend on the project per month – (on average and excluding school holidays)?
  • A short description of how you see this project fitting in with your students’ work plan and what you hope the students to get out of the project (max. 300 words)
  • Any other information in support of your application

Please submit your application by Friday, 7th of March to

Edith Andrees, Education & Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,

Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7 or

Email us

Tel. (01) 6486441

Successful applicants will be notified by 14th March 2014.

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