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Heritage Week 2019 at the National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

Call in to the Museum over Heritage Week this August to explore the pastimes of times past! There will be a range of free events for visitors of all ages at the Museum of Archaeology. Examine the archaeological evidence for the Irish diet, learn the basics of chess or make your own version of a medieval chess piece from clay! Booking required for some events, please see details below.


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Image credit: Paul Sherwood

 

Drop-in activity : Medieval Pop-up Chess Club! Learn the basics of chess with your friends and family

Saturday 17th August

1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm      

Inspired by the Viking and Medieval artefacts in the Museum relating to board games, join us in the Kildare Room to learn more about the game of chess with members of ‘Ficheall.ie’ Primary Teachers promoting chess. Get a taster of the game of chess by learning about some of the pieces through ‘mini games’.  Museum Educators will be on hand to point you towards the ancient examples of board games in the Museum! 

No booking required, event will run every 30 minutes. Located in the Kildare Room, ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. All ages welcome.

       

Drop-in Activity: Queens, Knights and Bishops - Make your own Check Mate!

Wednesday 21st August   

1.30pm -3.30pm

Did you know that people have been playing board games in Ireland for hundreds of years? Call into the Learning Resource Room to learn about the artefacts relating to board games in the Museum, then make your own chess piece from clay! Will you make a castle, bishop, queen or knight? You decide!

No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Not wheelchair accessible.

 

Evening Lecture

Food in Ancient Ireland: Insights from Archaeology with Dr Meriel McClatchie

Thursday 22nd August

6.00-7.00pm

Join us for a free lecture with Dr Meriel McClatchie, UCD School of Archaeology, who will examine the evidence for ancient food production in Ireland, from Stone Age to post-medieval times. This lecture will be based on the results of archaeological excavations on national road projects and other research and follows on from Dr McClatchie’s involvement in the award-winning History of the Irish Diet in Plants  show garden at the recent Bloom garden festival. Organised in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Booking essential, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Wheelchair accessible.

 

                                                                                                                                                     Image credit: Dr Meriel McClatchie, University College Dublin 

 

Pop-up Display: The Archaeology of the Irish Diet

Friday 23rd  - Saturday 24th August: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Sunday 25th August - 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Drop into the Kildare Room at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology to see a pop-up display on ‘The Archaeology of the Irish Diet’ which relates to the award-winning History of the Irish Diet in Plants show garden at the recent Bloom gardening festival and features drawings of archaeological sites. Learn about the archaeological evidence for food production from Stone Age to post-medieval times and take a look at some replica artefacts relating to food. Organised in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, next to the Treasury Exhibition, ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.