Workshop at a glance
Level: 3rd to 6th class
Group size: 20
Location: Out of Storage
Duration: 1 hour
Available: Tuesdays, 10am to 11am and 12pm to 1pm
Booking: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book this session
This workshop aims to explore the power of objects to tell stories and the role museums can play in interpreting these objects.
Working in small groups, students will take on the role of the Museum interpreter. Each group will engage with a selection of objects from the Museum's handling collection and will have the opportunity to explore the different meanings that we invest in objects.
The workshop promotes student-centred and student-led ways of learning about social history.
The workshop helps them to see history as being about people and people's lives.
Working as a Historian
Time and chronology/ Using evidence/ Communication
Life, society, work and culture in the past
Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland
Other Curriculum Links
Language/ oral/ listening & presentation skills
To explore the value of objects - intrinsic and acquired
Understand reasons for curators' choices - what objects are chosen and why
To create an awareness of what a museum provides
Decision-making: The participants make their own choices as to objects they would want to preserve, the value of these objects, and why they should be saved whilst others are not.
Observational/ imaginative/ descriptive/ analytical
Speaking/ listening/ understanding/ empathising
Working within a team
Resources and suggestions
Before your visit
Ask your students to examine an object of their choice closely, using the 'Exploring an Object' sheet
After your visit
Make your own box of objects choosing items from modern daily life - what object would you choose to tell your story?
Make your own school or classroom museum. If everyone were a curator, what would they put in the exhibition? Plan your exhibition by selecting the theme and the objects. Then think about labels or information panels, and the exhibition title. Invite other students, teachers or parents and families to your museum.