Workshops and Tours

Find out more about the wide range of guided tours and workshops designed by our experienced Education Team.


All workshops and tours are

  • Designed to take groups of 30; larger groups are split into two
  • Approximately one hour in duration
  • Geared towards the requirements of the SESE curriculum and the Visual Arts curriculum. Other subjects supported are English, Irish, Drama and SPHE

 

Guided Tour: Recovered Voices: Stories and Experiences of the Irish during World War One

Guided Tour: Recovered Voices: Stories and Experiences of the Irish during World War One

This interactive tour focuses on the people involved in World War One and how the War impacted their lives. It seeks to demonstrate the all-encompassing nature of the First World War and includes stories of nurses, doctors, prisoners of war and ordinary soldiers. Students will also get a change to handle a replica gas mask and uniform jacket.

Guided Tour: Proclaiming a Republic - The 1916 Rising

Guided Tour: Proclaiming a Republic - The 1916 Rising

Students get a general introduction to the key political, social and cultural events which led to the Rising, the events of Easter Week in dublin and its aftermath, through exploring a range of original artefacts, from the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic to the Irish Republican Flag. There is a focus on the stories of ordinary people caught up in the Rising, especially children and young people.

New Workshop: Illuminations - Stories of Colour and Light

New Workshop: Illuminations - Stories of Colour and Light

This creative art and design workshop introduces students to concepts such as colour, form and composition through exploration of glass artefacts on display in the What’s in Store? exhibition. It aims to encourage critical thinking and creative responses. Students develop their artistic skills and aesthetic awareness while they design and make their own translucent panels.

Workshop - If Things Could Talk

Workshop - If Things Could Talk

This workshop aims to explore the power of objects to tell stories and the role museums can play in interpreting these objects. Working in small groups, students will take on the role of the Museum interpreter. Each group will engage with a selection of objects from the Museum's handling collection and will have the opportunity to explore the different meanings that we invest in objects. The workshop promotes student-centred and student-led ways of learning about Irish social history.

Workshop - Be a Fashion Detective!

Workshop - Be a Fashion Detective!

Students will investigate Irish fashion and get hands on experience of fabrics and fibre. The workshop explores social historical themes such as a comparison of “rich and poor”, changes over time, from manufacturing in nineteenth-century Ireland to the global mass production of today, and how our clothes communicate messages about who we are. Students will work in small groups and use clue cards to prompt their exploration of a character and their garments.