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Classroom Activity: Learn about Hearth and Home (1850-1950)

Hearth and Home exhibition at the NMI - Country Life

The hearth was central to daily life in the home and the fire provided the family with heat and light.

Learn about daily life in the home long ago by taking on this challenge. 

Activity at a glance

Level: Junior Cycle and Transition year 
Format: Printable activity sheet to be used in the classroom
Duration: Each activity can take 30-45 minutes
Availability: Online – please click link below to download PDF of activity 

Curriculum Links

SESE History

  • Recognising key change

  • Exploring people, culture and ideas

  • Applying historical thinking


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of life in Ireland 1850-1950. 
  • Learn about what happened around the hearth and the activities that took place in the home.
  • Find out more about some of the objects associated with the hearth.


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Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo,
F23 HY31

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