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Classroom Activity: Make your own Hand Bell

Follow the steps in our video to see how your pupils can make an Early Medieval Hand Bell in the classroom

This craft is inspired by the bell, dating to the 8th century, thought to have once belonged to St. Patrick. Many early Irish Saints used bells to call people to prayer, and there are many examples of these on display at the Museum. Watch this step-by-step video to create your own bell.


Activity at a glance

Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Format: Video outlining how to create an early medieval hand bell in the classroom  
Duration: Each activity can take 30-45 minutes
Availability: Online – please watch video below   


Curriculum Links

SESE History

Working as an Historian
Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communications / Empathy

Stories from the lives of the people in the past / Myths and Legends

Early Peoples and Ancient Societies
Early Christian Ireland

Continuity and Change Over Time
Communications / Literature, Arts, Crafts, and Culture


Other Curriculum Links

SESE Geography
A Sense of Place and Space

SESE Science
Living Things / Materials / Environmental Awareness and Care

Visual Arts
Concepts / Drawing / Paint and Colour / Construction / Fabric and Fibre


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the lives and society of people in Early Medieval Ireland, and the introduction of Christianity in the 5th century
  • Discover what archaeology and artefacts can tell us about the people who lived in Early Medieval Ireland
  • Learn more about Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, and the objects that are connected to him
  • Use arts and crafts to learn more about St. Patrick’s Bell and Bell Shrine, and discover other bells used in Early Medieval Ireland

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