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This Giant Tent

 Traveller Culture and intangible heritage will be explored with artist Cas McCarthy and inspired by the National Museum and Kid's Own publication This Giant Tent

Activity at a Glance

Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Group Size: Classroom Size
Location: Virtual Session 
Set-up: Check Connection/ Video/ Watch pre-presentations 
Duration: 60 min, 3 parts
5 min: Introduction to Museum
5 min: Traveller Objects in the National Museum's Collections 
35 min: Workshop/ Mix of Talk/ Video/ Q & A/ Show and Tell
5 min: Conclusion
Availability: 29th September 2021
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Accessibility: Q & A

Bookings and information:

To book the workshop and to find out about available dates contact the Bookings and Information Office at

Curriculum Links: 

  • History: 
    • Life, Society, Work and Culture in the Past
    • Continuity and Change Over Time.
  • Visual Arts/Construction: Concepts and Skills - Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands - Construction/Making constructions/Looking and Responding

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss the NMI-Country Life 

  • Show and Tell of some Traveller/ Minceir related handling items 

  • Art workshop based on book 'This Giant Tent' 

  • Q & A  

    Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Traveller/ Minceir related collections on our Museum website here 

  • We will send copies of 'This Giant Tent' to your school as a resource 

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