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Onsite Guided Tour: From Barracks to Museum: An Introduction to Collins Barracks

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Tour at a glance

Level: Junior and Senior Cycle, Transition Year
Group size: 30
Location: Clarke Square, Soldiers & Chiefs, Curator's Choice, Out of Storage
Duration: 45 minutes
Available: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Booking: Please contact bookings@museum.ie to book this session


This interactive tour focuses on the story of Royal Barracks (now Collins Barracks) and the lives of soldiers who lived here between 1706 until 1993. Students will have the opportunity to learn about their daily activities, living conditions, drilling and marching practices and experiences going to war.

This tour will also explore the story of Collins Barracks becoming a Museum, and will introduce students to some of the most fascinating artefacts in the Museum's collection. In doing so, students will explore the idea of what is an artefact, and what objects can teach us about the past and those who lived it.


Curriculum links

Junior Cycle History
Strand 1: Developing historical consciousness, working with evidence, acquiring the 'bigger picture'
Strand 2: Recognising key change, Exploring people, culture and ideas, Applying historical thinking. 

Senior Cycle History
Working with evidence: 
- History and the Historian. 
Later Modern field of study: Irish History, 1815-1993
- Movements for political and social reform, 1870 - 1914. 
- The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition: 1912-1949. 
Later Modern field of study: History of Europe and the Wider World, 1815-1992
- Nation States and International tension, 1871-1920. 
 
Transition Year: Historical Inheritance and Historical Citizenship
 


Learning outcomes

  • Exploring experiences of soldiers in both the British and Irish Army, as well as exploring the relationship between the soldier and those who lived around the Barracks and the wider Irish population
  • Making connections to local history
  • Examining the period leading up to Irish Indepedence and the foundation of the state
  • Learning about changing technology, healthcare
  • Understanding the impact of war on people from Ireland in particular
  • Developing an understanding of the importance of artefacts in our understanding of the past.

Resources and suggestions

Before your visit

  • Visit the Museum in advance, if possible, to get familiar with the layout, key objects and key narratives
  • Read literature and poetry depicting events from and around the period
  • Use these resources and the exhibition visit to imagine and discuss the feelings and motives of people in the past and to discuss how an event in the past may have been perceived by those who participated in it
  • Consider choices made by individuals and organisations and the contexts these choices were made in
  • Plan a project around your visit. Students could research key events and organisations

After your visit

Ideas for post-visit activities:

  • Ask students to write a review of their museum visit
  • Hold a classroom debate on a contentious issue or event
  • Consider the value of museums as places to display objects that connect us with our history
  • Create a museum in your classroom

 

 


 


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Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7,
D07 XKV4

+353 1 677 7444