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Programmes for Primary & Second Level Schools January – March 2010

Decorative Arts & History


Contents

1 Introduction

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2 Making the most of your visit to the Museum

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3 Planning your visit

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4 Resources for teachers

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Primary School Programmes

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Gallery Sessions and Workshops

Second Level School Programmes

Gallery Sessions and Workshops

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5 Schedule for self-directed visits, gallery sessions and workshops

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6 Weekends and Holidays at Collins Barracks

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This pdf has interactive elements that make it easier to use. Click on the chapter headings above to go directly to the relevant section, or use the buttons on each page (‘previous page’, ‘next page’ and ‘back to contents’) to navigate through the document. To see a page from our website click on the link and the page will open automatically in your browser. i — ii Left: Image of student in the Barracks Life Room courtesy of The Irish Times. Photographer: Frank Miller


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Introduction

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Why visit the National Museum of Ireland? The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History is a resource for students and educators, families and people of all ages. The Education and Outreach service aims to provide a range of opportunities for all visitors to engage with the collections and to act as an advocate for audiences in developing better learning opportunities. A visit to the Museum is a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn together by exploration and discovery, through observation and discussion. A well prepared visit can be the starting point for a project or the turning point for the student challenged by the normal classroom environment. This programme for Primary and Second Level Schools provides information for teachers on how to book, how to make the most of your visit and what’s on this term for schools. The Education team currently provides an education service that includes an information and resource service, gallery based sessions and workshops for primary and second level school groups. Our current focus is on providing high-quality, self-directed learning resources to enable teachers and their students make the most of their visit to the Museum.

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All our services are piloted and are evaluated by teachers and students on an ongoing basis. All the services have clear links to a range of primary and second level curricula, with an emphasis on SESE and Art and Design at Primary Level and History and Art and Design at post primary level. Throughout the year we also provide services of interest to teachers – adult gallery talks, seminars and annual conferences. A new service for teachers, ‘Meet a Museum Educator’, is available from January 2010 where teachers can make an appointment to meet or call a Museum educator in advance of their visit to the Museum. See p X for details of this new service. Key audiences include the formal education sector, families and adult learners.


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At the National Museum – Decorative Arts and History you can: • Learn through observation of original artefacts • Investigate how historians work to understand about life, work, culture and society in the past • Look for evidence using primary resources, through ‘discovery’ learning • Study history, local history, art, craft and design, art history, religious knowledge, drama, geography, mathematics and science • Make links across a range of subjects through an integrated and cross-curricular approach to learning Please note that due to limited staffing in the Bookings Office we ask that teachers book visits by email or through the website at least 2 weeks in advance. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate visitors who do not provide advance notice of their visit.

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Making the most of your visit to the Museum

A visit to the Museum is a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn together by exploration and discovery, through observation and discussion. A well prepared visit can be the starting point for a project or the turning point for the student challenged by the normal classroom environment.

Visit in advance If possible, we advise the teacher to make a visit in advance of bringing a group in. Also we advise you visit the website www.museum.ie for more information about the exhibitions.

Meet a Museum Educator From January 2010, teachers can talk to a member of the Museum’s Education team in person at the Museum or over the phone in advance of their visit to the Museum. Contact bookings@museum.ie to make an appointment. The Museum’s educators can help teachers prepare for their visits by providing information, expert knowledge and resources on the Museum’s exhibitions, as well as advice on preand post visit activities and tips on how to bring groups around the Museum.

“We are always impressed by how an appropriately focused topic facilitated by people like yourselves can fascinate the kids and teach them far more easily than random visits” Mary Carroll, parent 5 —6

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Have an objective in mind for your visit Build the visit into a project at school – make it more than a “day out”. For example, is the visit an information gathering exercise on your schools’ local area, is it related to an archaeological time period, or improving skills or related to another subject area such as history of art?

Set a task If on a self guided visit, set a task for your students, for example: Museum worksheets are available for groups at the Museum Reception (or on request) or make up your own worksheets. Go to page 9 for more information on worksheets. Ask them to draw or report on one object that they see or one from a list of named objects. If you are taking a guided tour, ask them to take notes or write up a report on the tour.

Prepare the class Prepare the students for the visit – give them an idea of what they can expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit. Familiarise them with some of the vocabulary, which they might encounter in the Museum.

Post visit work Have some follow-up work planned for back in the classroom, such as talking about a drawing they made of an object or the details of their tour.


Images of students in the Barracks Life Room courtesy of The Irish Times. Photographer: Frank Miller


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Planning your visit

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance? Yes - all visits whether self directed or facilitated by Museum educators, must be booked in advance. Bookings must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of the planned visit.

What if I don’t book in advance? Please note that groups who do not book their visit through the Museum’s Education Bookings Office may not be able to see all the galleries they would like to see as groups who book in advance through the Bookings Office will have priority in the Museum galleries over groups that do not book.

How do I book a visit? Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance by emailing bookings@museum. ie. A telephone service is also available at 01 6486 453, but due to limited staffing levels it is advised to book via email or through the website at www.museum.ie/education.

How many students can I bring? All visits facilitated by Museum educators are limited to 15 students per group. If you are bringing a larger group to the Museum, it is possible, depending on demand, to bring groups of up to 45 children who can be split into smaller groups. Self-guided visits can be larger (up to 45) though we recommend that the smaller the group, the better the experience in the museum. 7—8

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All groups must have one adult per 15 students to supervise the group.

How long can our visit last? Self-directed and facilitated visits last approximately 1 hour. If galleries are not busy, self-directed groups can stay as long as they like.

What is the cost of a guided / self-guided visit? All education services to schools are free.

How do I get there? On Foot (approximately) • 30 minutes walk from O’Connell Street, 45 minutes walk from Grafton Street • Five minutes walk from Smithfield, Heuston Station or Phoenix Park Public Transport Bus: 90 (Aston Quay), 25, 25A, 66, 67 (Wellington Quay) Luas: Red line Luas (tram) – dedicated ‘Museum’ stop

What are the opening hours? • Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm • Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm The Museum is closed on Mondays.


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Some Frequently Asked Questions – continued

What parking facilities are available?

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

Free supervised parking for coaches and cars.

Yes, there are two lifts in the Museum.

What lunch facilities are available?

What is the difference between a self directed visit, a gallery-based session and a workshop?

A lunchroom is available for school groups who come with packed lunches. Groups of up to 30 can use this room. Groups wishing to book the Lunchroom must request use of the facility when booking their visit. The Museum restaurant, Brambles Café can also cater for school groups.

What is available in Irish? Tá bileoga oibre, roinnt litríocht agus rogha turais le treoraí ar fáil trí Ghaeilge do pháistí san ArdMhúsaem. Glaoigh ar an ofig Teagmhála chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi na seirbhísí seo. Activity Sheets, educational literature and selected tours are available through Irish; please contact the Bookings Office for more information about these services.

• Groups can book self directed visits through the Bookings Office – resources for self directed visits are available through the Bookings Office or on the Museum’s website at www.museum.ie. For information on resources for self directed learning at the Museum see section 4 Resources for Teachers. • Gallery-based sessions and workshops are facilitated by Museum educators and focus on a particular theme or idea in one gallery, and encourage the student to engage in a more in-depth way with objects. All visits facilitated by Education staff are delivered with an emphasis on interactivity to generate a two-way discussion about what the students are looking at. For more information about our workshops and tours see section 4 Resources for Teachers. All visits facilitated by Education staff are delivered with an emphasis on interactivity to generate a two-way discussion about what the students are looking at. For more information about our workshops and tours please read this brochure.

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Can we do more than one activity per visit? Each group’s needs are different and we try to meet all requirements. We recommend however, that groups undertake just one facilitated activity during their visit to maximise on the learning potential of the visit. We also recommend that you allow adequate time for your group if you are planning to visit another Museum, Gallery or Heritage site after your visit to Collins Barracks.

“It really is a treasure house with something to appeal to all ages and tastes. And whether arriving with students (as on our recent visit), with wild youngsters or elderly friends needing extra care, the staff have been exemplary in the welcome extended.” Dr Jacinta Prunty, Senior Lecturer in History, NUI Maynooth


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Resources for teachers

Self directed learning resources Meet a Museum Educator

Key Curriculum Strands at Primary Level

Teachers booking self directed visits can make an appointment to talk to a member of the education team who can help teachers prepare for their visits by providing information, expert knowledge and resources on the Museum’s exhibitions, as well as advice on pre- and post visit activities and tips on how to bring groups around the Museum. Email bookings@museum. ie to make an appointment to meet or talk with one of the Education team.

SESE History

Teachers’ information pack: “What’s in the Museum?”

Junior / Leaving Certificate

This pack provides information and advice for teachers bringing groups to the Museum for a general introduction to the Museum. As well as information on the decorative arts and history collections of the National Museum of Ireland, themes explored include collecting, from an individual to a national level, the ways in which we can investigate objects, and what we can discover when we start to analyse them. This pack is specially aimed at teachers at Primary level (4th – 6th class) and post primary (1st – 3rd year) but may be relevant to teachers of other age groups.

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Working as an Historian Time and Chronology Using Evidence Communication Continuity and Change Over Time Life Society Work and Culture

Key Curriculum Links at Second Level • History • Art, Craft and Design.

General Activity Sheets These activity sheets are aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. Copies of the sheets are available from the Bookings Office. • My Favourite Object • My Favourite Object in the Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition • The Heritage Trail • The Way We Wore: 250 Years of Irish • Clothing and Jewellery Tá Bileog Oibre Chlub an tSathairn agus Leabhar Gníohaíochtaí Feisteas Fadó, Fadó ar fáil i nGaeilge.

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Soldiers and Chiefs Activity Books for Schools This is a new and comprehensive resource for Primary teachers and Second Level history students aimed at a range of ages and abilities. The 12 books aim to explore in depth some of the themes and topics that are within the

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Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition. In particular the activity books aim to draw out ideas and concepts that link in with key areas of the primary and second level history curricula. The 12 books can be viewed online along with Notes for Teachers. The Activity Books can be ordered, free of charge for your class by contacting the Information and Bookings Office.

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Primary School Programmes Primary Level Workshops

At primary level, programmes are geared towards the requirements of the SESE curriculum (including the core subjects of History, Geography and Science) and the Visual Arts curriculum. Other subjects supported by our programmes are English, Irish, Drama and SPHE.

The Way We Wore – Hands on Gallery Session This session combines a gallery talks with a hands-on session led by a museum educator. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of themes – from social historical topics such as a comparison of “rich and poor”, to a change over time such as manufacturing in 19th century Ireland versus the global mass production of today, to how our clothes communicate messages about who we are. The Way We Wore: 250 years of Irish clothing and jewellery exhibition reflects the social, economic and industrial changes in society over the last 250 years. Key Curriculum Strands SESE History • • • • • •

Working as an Historian Time and Chronology Using Evidence Communication Continuity and Change Over Time Life Society Work and Culture

Visual Art • • • •

Fabric and Fibre Construction Print Drawing

Maximum: 15 per group Duration: approximately 45 minutes

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Image courtesy of The Irish Times. Photographer: Frank Miller


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Primary Level Workshops – continued

Life in the Barracks – Hands on Gallery Session This session combines a gallery talk with a hands-on session, introducing students to life in the Barracks in the past and the history and architectural heritage of Collins Barracks. Students explore the Garrison Life gallery in the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition and are introduced to the discovery gallery in the Barracks Life Room, where they have an opportunity to handle a range of objects that relate to a soldier’s life and discuss with the Museum educator what life was like for a soldier stationed at Collins Barracks in the past. Key Curriculum Strands SESE History • Local studies – Buildings • Life, society, work and culture in the past Life in the 19th Century • Eras of change and conflict - 1798 Rebellion • Continuity and change over time • Working as an Historian • Empathy Beidh an turas seo ar fail in nGaeilge ar iarratais. Maximum: 15 per group Duration: approximately 45 minutes

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Gallery Games These gallery based sessions aim to engage students through a series of fun learning games. Students are encouraged through games to think about objects in a variety of contexts. The sessions aim to enable students develop a more in-depth understanding of objects and the meanings that can be attached to them. Time, place, materials, technology and personal stories are all themes that may be explored as part of this session. Key Curriculum Strands SESE History • Life, society, work and culture in the past – Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th-Century Ireland • Eras of change and conflict – World War I • Eras of change and conflict – Changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th Centuries • Politics, conflict and society – 1916 and the foundation of the state • Working as an Historian Maximum: 15 per group Duration: approximately 45 minutes


Images of students in the Barracks Life Room courtesy of The Irish Times. Photographer: Frank Miller


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Primary Level Workshops – continued

If Things Could Talk… Exploring Museums Workshop

Primary School Curriculum Links

This workshop aims to explore the purpose of Museums, the role of the curator and the meanings that we invest in objects. The workshop takes place in the Museum Galleries using handling objects and is facilitated by Museum educators. Students work in small groups and are encouraged to explore objects through observation and discussion. They are encouraged to gather information about the objects as a curator would, for example, by looking at physical features, design, condition and raw materials. Students are asked to think about functionality and who might have owned a particular object. The workshop also aims to provide students with opportunities to develop their observational, analytical, listening and ream working skills. The structure of this workshop allows it to be tailored to a wide range of learning abilities and learning styles.

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SESE History Working as an Historian Time and Chronology Using Evidence Communication

Other Curriculum Links • Language/Oral/Listening Skills Maximum: 15 per group Duration: one hour

“The guide was absolutely fantastic … she pitched it perfectly for the students, her delivery was superb and it was very informative and enjoyable for us all. Thanks for all your help … We’ll be back” Jacinta Kendrick, Champlain College

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Second Level Programmes Second Level Gallery Sessions

From Barracks to Museum: Exhibition Layout and Design This session aims to give students the tools in which to evaluate an exhibition effectively. Students will first learn of the transformation of Collins Barracks from the oldest Barracks in Europe to the National Museum’s Museum of Decorative Arts and History. Then, looking at three different exhibitions in the Museum, students will be encouraged to think critically about exhibition layout and design, examining aspects such as lighting, labelling and display. Curriculum Links Leaving Certificate • Art, Craft and Design Maximum: 15 per group Duration: 45 minutes

Eileen Gray Overlooked for most of her career, Wexford-born Eileen Gray (1879-1976) is now regarded as one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. Students are brought through the exhibition and introduced to her life and work, through first hand observation of her furniture, drawings and other artefacts. The session aims to provide students with the knowledge to confidently answer any question that may appear about the designer on the Leaving Certificate paper. Curriculum Links Leaving Certificate • Art, Craft and Design Maximum: 15 per group Duration: 45 minutes

Combined Leaving Cert Gallery Session ‘Eileen Gray’ and ‘From Barracks to Museum: Exhibition Layout and Design’ can be combined into one comprehensive gallery session for Leaving Cert students. This combined session will cover the key themes from both areas and aims to provide students with sufficient information to answer questions on either topic in their Leaving Cert exams.

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Second Level Workshop

“If Things Could Talk…” Exploring Museums Workshop

Key Curriculum Links

This workshop aims to explore the purpose of Museums, the role of the curator and the meanings that we invest in objects. The workshop takes place in the Museum Galleries using handling objects and is facilitated by Museum educators. Students work in small groups and are encouraged to explore objects through observation and discussion.

• Art • Craft and Design

Junior Certificate

Junior Certificate History • How we find out about the past • Social change in the 20th Century Maximum: 15 per group Duration: One hour

They are encouraged to gather information about the objects as a curator would, for example, by looking at physical features, design, condition and raw materials. Students are asked to think about functionality and who might have owned a particular object. The workshop also aims to provide students with opportunities to develop their observational, analytical, listening and team working skills. The structure of this workshop allows it to be tailored to a wide range of learning abilities and learning styles.

“It was really good… we were just allowed to talk about the objects ourselves…” TY Student, aged 16

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Image courtesy of The Irish Times. Photographer: Frank Miller


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Schedule of Self-Directed Tours and Workshops for Primary Level and Second Level

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January – February 2010 Maximum group size for Workshops is 30 Maximum size for Second Level Gallery Sessions is 15 Groups must book Self-directed tours through the bookings office It is required that there be one adult per 15 students for every museum visit Tuesday

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Workshops for Primary Level

Workshops for Second Level

The Way We Wore – Hands on Gallery Session

If Things Could Talk... Hands on Gallery Session

Life in the Barracks – Hands on Gallery Session Gallery Games If Things Could Talk... Hands on Gallery Session 23 – 24

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* Gallery Sessions for Second Level Groups (see above) are also available at 10am and 12pm on Fridays.


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Weekends and Midterms at Collins Barracks

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There’s a regular programme of events at Collins Barracks all year round – Adult Gallery Talks, ‘My Museum’ Family Workshops, Public Tours and Family Tours, and all free of charge. The National Museum offers a great day out for you, your friends and your family. Special events this Spring include ‘An Eighteenth Century Gentlewoman’s Guide to Marriage’ – an Adult Gallery Talk on the 13th of February, Seachtain na Gaeilge events and a monthly ‘Baby on Board’ tour for parents, grandparents or carers with pre-toddler age children. For more information please contact our Information and Bookings office or check online at www.museum.ie

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