What was it like to be a student 200 years ago?
Book a self-guided visit to the temporary exhibition, the Kildare Place Society and 19th century Schooling.
Founded in 1811, the Kildare Place Society (Society for the Education of the Poor in Ireland) preceded the founding of the National School system in 1831.
The exhibition, open until March 2014, tells the story of the Society’s legacy in terms of teacher-training, classroom practice and school inspection. On display is classroom furniture, such as desks, and educational resources such as maps, books and instruction charts, as well as such items as monitor badges – and a cane! We offer resources for groups visiting the exhibition – contact the Bookings Office to book your visit or for more information.