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Workshop: Back to the Bronze Age Handling

Where did Bronze Age people get metal from, how did they make stone and bronze tools and what did they use these tools for? During this workshop, students will uncover the answers to these questions, handle museum standard replica artefacts and make their own replica Bronze Age lunula to take home. This workshop complements the Education Centre Network’s Bronze Age Handling Box resource.

Workshop at a Glance

Level 1st - 3rd Year, Transition Year
Group size Designed for groups of 30 max
Duration 75 mins
Location Prehistoric Ireland Exhibition, Ground Floor and Learning Resource Room, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street
Days available Wednesdays during term time
Time available 10:15am
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but can take place on the ground floor. If your class has special mobility needs please let us know at the bookings stage. 



Curriculum Links 

Junior Cert History 

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence / Developing Historical Consciousness / Acquiring ‘the big picture’  
  • The History of Ireland
    Key moments of change
    Thinking historically - explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate 

Statements of Learning for Junior Cert 

  • ​Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  • Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts
  • Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives
  • Creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved

Key Skills for Junior Cert

  • Managing information and thinking
  • Communicating
  • Staying well-being positive about learning
  • Being creative- Imagining
    Learning creatively 

Transition Year

  • Teaching methods and approaches
  • Study visits and field trips
  • Activity based learning 



Learning Outcomes 

  • See real artefacts from the Bronze Age in Ireland.
  • Handle museum standard replica objects from Bronze Age Ireland as well as real raw materials
  • Learn about how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge of this time period before written records
  • Explore the skills needed to mine and smelt copper in the Bronze Age
  • Learn how gold was sourced, worked and decorated and construct your own replica lunula