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Heritage Week 2018 - Archaeology

Free events in Kildare Street, Dublin 2


Heritage Week Story Trail: The Myths and Legends of Ireland

Sat 18 – Sun 26 Aug
 
Throughout National Heritage Week, follow our special trail to explore the Myths and Legends of Ireland through objects at the National Museum. Pick up a trail in reception and follow the clues through the Museum to see what archaeological objects appear in some of our favourite myths and legends including ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’ and ‘The Táin Bó Cúailgne’. When you are done, hand in your completed trail at reception with a chance to win a special prize. Don’t forget to bring a pencil.
 
No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families.

Heritage Week Story Trail: The Myths and Legends of Ireland Drop-In 

Sat 18 Aug
2 - 4pm
 
Begin your story trail of the myths and legends of Ireland at Reception where you will meet Museum educators to help you on your way. Then follow the trail and answer the questions as you go through the museum to discover how some of the objects feature in Ireland’s ancient stories such as ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’ and the ‘Táin Bó Cúailgne’. Don’t forget to check your answers and hand in your entry in before you leave so, that you will be in with a chance to win a special prize! After you’ve finished you can get hands-on with replicas of some of the objects you saw on your trail, from the oldest fish trap in Ireland to early medieval cloaks and brooches!
 
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Partially wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families. 

Women in Viking and Medieval Ireland 

Sun 19 Aug
3 - 4pm
 
Take this special tour of the Museum to discover what the artefacts in the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology can reveal to us about the lives of women from Early Christian to Later Medieval Ireland.
 

Irish Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this tour. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Not wheelchair accessible. Suitable for adults.

This event is now fully booked.


Brilliant Brooches

Wed 22 Aug
12 - 2pm
 
There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the National Museum of Ireland, from the famous 'Tara' Brooch of Early Christian Ireland, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given to show love in medieval times. But what stories can these brooches tell about the people who made and used them? Find out by popping into the Museum and then make your own brooch to take home.
 
Drop-in activity. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families (ages 6+).

Treasures of the National Museum

Thu 23 Aug
11 - 11.45am
 
Learn how archaeology can help uncover the stories behind the manufacture, use and discovery of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.
 
Tour. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families (ages 7+).

Viking Needle Binding Workshop

Fri 24 Aug
12 - 1pm
 
Meet Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, to discover the history and technique of ‘Nålbindning’, or needle binding. The Vikings used this ancient technique in the fabrication of their clothes. Ellen will give a unique one-hour workshop with an introduction to the history of needle binding, then demonstrate and teach the technique.
 
Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for adults.

Treasures of the Bog Trail

Sat 25 Aug
2 - 4pm
 
Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs, from butter, to books and even an entire boat. Uncover the secrets of Ireland’s wetlands then make a bog armlet treasure of your own to take home.
 
Drop-in activity. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families (ages 8+).