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Guided Tour: Prehistoric Ireland - Stone Age and Bronze Age peoples

Image: Paul Sherwood

The Prehistoric Ireland guided tour explores the jobs of the archaeologist and historian, and the role of the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Strongly linked to the National Curriculum this tour focuses on Stone Age and Bronze Age peoples. Pupils will engage with artefacts from Mesolithic fish traps to Bronze Age swords and shields, using key objects from the Museum’s handling collection for a hands-on learning experience.

Guided Tour at a glance

Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class
Format: Facilitated onsite tour 
Duration: 45-50 minutes 
Capacity: 30 students max 
Accessibility: Please note this tour takes place on the ground floor of the Museum and is fully accessible. If your group has any additional access concerns or requirements, please advise the Museum Bookings team in advance
Availability: All tour slots for Autumn term 2024 available from August​ (date TBC).
Times: Tuesday 10am and 11:30am, Wednesday 10am, 11am and 12pm, Thursday 10am, 11.30am and 1pm
Booking: To enquire about this free onsite guided tour for your class please complete this enquiry form.

Curriculum Links - SESE History

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

Early Peoples and Ancient Societies
Stone Age peoples / Bronze Age peoples

Continuity and Change Over Time
Food and Farming / Clothes / Homes and Houses / Communications /  Arts, Crafts, and Culture

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

Other Curriculum Links
SESE Geography
A Sense of Place and Space / Maps, Globes, and Graphical Skills / Human Environments / People and Other Lands / Natural Environments

SESE Science
Living Things / Materials / Environmental Awareness and Care


Learning outcomes
On completion of this live session students should be able to: 

  • Distinguish between the past, present and future. Develop an understanding of time and chronology through comparing the relative ages of people, objects and events. Record information about people and events in the past using simple timelines
  • Develop an understanding of change and continuity by exploring similarities and differences between the past and the present
  • ​Become familiar with aspects of the lives of these peoples: origins, homelands, homes of people, food and cooking, clothes, work and technologies, weapons, cultural or artistic achievements, myths and stories, faith and beliefs, leisure and pastimes, burial practices, links these people had with Ireland or Europe (as appropriate), arrival, settlement and life of these people in Ireland (as appropriate)
  • Discuss links these people had with Ireland or Europe, arrival, settlement and life of these people in Ireland, relationship of these people with other civilisations, long-term contribution of these people

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