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Workshop: Back to the Bronze Age - Bronze Age Handling

Where did Bronze Age people get metals 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 3rd – 6th Class
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
Times available 10.15am
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but it can take place on the ground floor. If your class has special mobility needs please let us know at the bookings stage. 


Curriculum Links 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian
    Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communication / Empathy
  • Early People and Ancient Societies Stone Age Peoples / Bronze Age Peoples
    Story Stories from the lives of the people in the past
    Continuity and Change Over Time Homes, House and Urban Developments / Food and Farming / Literature, Arts, Crafts and Culture

Other curriculum links include:

  • SESE Geography A Sense of Place and Space / Human Environments / Natural Environments
  • SESE Science  Working Scientifically / Designing and Making / Living Things / Materials
  • English Receptiveness to Language / Competence and Confidence in using Language
  • Visual Arts Concepts / an awareness of shape/ pattern and rhythm
    Construction / Looking and responding 



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