Boxing clever at Clare Museum


The Clare Champion,
Friday, June 19th, 2015



A ‘Stories in a Box’ project has brought the Clare Family Learning Project, part of Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh and Clare Museum together in a new exciting project.

Sixth class children and some of their parents worked together with their teacher Jó Mac Fhearadhaigh, Special Needs Assistant Mrs Touhy and Family Learning Tutor Colette O’Brien.

The end-result is a selection of short but very personal and individual stories around items that each child considered important in their own lives. Parents helped guide pupils initially and children completed their display boxes on their own in the classes.

This inter-generational activity can be done at home with grandparents and children creating their own Storybox. A shoebox can be decorated to reflect your own heritage and culture and filled with personal momentos like a family treasure chest.

The items in the current project have been taken from their shoeboxes and have been placed on public display in the museum.

According to Museum Curator John Rattigan, “Projects like this remind us that objects are important to us because of the meaning, emotions and stories they evoke. As this is what museums are about, it is appropriate for the museum to assist in displaying the objects these children consider meaningful to them today.”

The project is also reflects the cultural diversity of Ennis with the sixteen children involved having backgrounds in Kenya, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Albania, Serbia, the UK and of course Ireland.

The exhibition will run until September and admission is free. If parents or grandparents and children would like to create their own box they can contact Clare Family Learning Project and we can provide a Story in a Box class tutor. Contact 065 – 6897645.

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