Events at the Museum

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March – June, 2017
How to be an Archaeologist’ Workshops
Clare Museum Learning for Secondary Schools

Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Secondary School Transition Year Students providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work.
An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical hands-on experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation.
Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.
Clare Museum will host these workshops at 10 am on each of the following dates:
Thursday 2nd March
Thursday 9th March
Thursday 30th March
Thursday 6th April
Thursday 20th April
Thursday 27th April
Thursday 4th May
Thursday 11th May
Thursday 18th May
Thursday 1st June
Thursday 8th June
The workshops are provided FREE of charge.
Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing dhiggins@clarecoco.ie and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Bookings should include the name of the school, the number in the group and a contact telephone number.

March: 14th, 21st and 28th
April: 4th, 25th
May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
June: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Clare Museum Learning For Primary Schools
'Early Christian Ireland'
A Workshop for Senior Primary School Children

Archaeologist and teacher Caitriona O'Sullivan will present a new workshop on Early Christian Ireland for senior primary school children (4th, 5th and 6th classes).
The workshop will focus on:
• The means by which Christianity was introduced to Ireland in the 5th century
• The features of the Early Christian monasteries founded by Early Christian saints throughout the island of Ireland
• The life of an Early Christian monk
• The missionary work to Britain, the Continent and further afield undertaken by Irish monks such as Columcille
• The threat to monastic life posed by Viking attack in the latter part of the first millenium
• The contribution monastic communities made to Irish life and culture, in particular their introduction of literacy to the island and their artistic achievements in the areas of manuscript production (e.g. The Book of Kells), metalwork (e.g. The Ardagh Chalice) and stone carving (the High Crosses).
The workshop will to be an interactive experience for children, providing them with the opportunity to examine artefacts from the Lough Derg monastery of Holy Island, decipher messages written in Ogham and Latin, attempt a basic conversation in Latin and experience what it would have been like to be a scribe by writing in ink with a quill on parchment.
The workshops are available on Tuesday mornings at 9.45 am and 10.45 am on the dates above. The workshops are FREE of charge. Bookings can be made by email to Darren Higgins at dhiggins@clarecoco.ie. Booking are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Please note that for Health and Safety reasons, only groups of 35 children or less can be accommodated at each workshop.


February: 10th and 17th
March: 3rd, 10th, 24th and 31st
April: 7th and 28th
May: 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
June: 2nd, 16th and 23rd
Traditional Singing Workshops
February to June, 2017
A workshop for Primary Schools

Clare Arts Office and Clare Museum has partnered to provide Traditional Singing Workshops on the theme of emigration. Traditional Singers in Residence Elle Marie O’Dwyer and John Flanagan along with museum volunteer Hadley Fitzpatrick will provide a cross-curricular, multi-sensory workshop which combines folk songs about emigration with objects in the showcases to provide a fuller picture of the topic. The workshops are available on the above dates from 11am to 1pm. There is one two hour workshop per day.
The workshops are free of charge. Bookings are only available through claremuseum@clarecoco.ie on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that for Health and Safety reason, groups are restricted 35 pupils or less.
When booking please provide the following information:
• Name of the school
• Dates and times that suit your class
• The number of children in the class and the age group
• Name of the teacher
• A contact number

31st January – 3rd February, 2017 inclusive
St Bridget’s Day Stories and Crafts
Clare Museum Learning for Primary Schools for primary

Local storyteller Ruth Marshall will hold FREE workshops of storytelling, poems, songs and craft activities to mark St Bridget’s Day and the traditional beginning of spring. The workshops will be held three times a day from 31st January to 3rd February, 2017 inclusive, and will start at 10 am, 11.30 am and 1pm respectively. Each will last about an hour and 15 minutes.
Booking is essential. Teachers wishing to reserve a place for their class should book at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie. Telephone bookings will not be accepted.
Please note that for health and safety reasons, only a maximum of 35 pupils per class is permitted.

November: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 2016
December: 6th, 13th, 20th 2016
Clare Museum Learning For Primary Schools
'Prehistoric Ireland'
A Workshop for Senior Primary School Children

Archaeologist and teacher Caitriona O'Sullivan will present a workshop on Prehistoric Ireland for senior primary school children. Through exploring the museum's fine collection of prehistoric artefacts from County Clare, the children will learn about the homes, food, farming practices, technological developments and burial practices of their Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors.
The children will have an opportunity to handle, examine and investigate artefacts of the period including a polished stone axe and a quern stone used for grinding grain.
The workshop also aims to make the children aware of the prehistoric monuments surviving in their own area, as well as helping them to develop an understanding of the chronology of the period.
The workshop has been designed to support teachers in the delivery of the history curriculum strand 'Early People and Ancient Societies', strand units 'Stone Age' and 'Bronze Age Peoples'. It also aims to develop an understanding of time and chronology, change and continuity and to develop skills in using evidence and handling artefacts.
The workshops are available on the following dates:
November: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
December: 6th, 13th, 20th
There are two workshops on these days, one at 9.45 am and 10.45 am.
The workshops are free of charge. Bookings are only available through claremuseum@clarecoco.ie on a first come, first serve basis.
When booking please provide the following information:
• Name of the school
• Dates and times that suit your class
• The number of children in the class and the age group
• Name of the teacher
• A contact number

25th to 28th October 2016
Clare Museum Learning for Primary Schools
Halloween Stories, Traditions and Crafts

Local storyteller and Celtic festival expect Ruth Marshall will present a workshop for primary school children that will include storytelling and traditional games to mark the Celtic festival of Samhain, or Halloween, at Clare Museum.
The workshops will be held twice a day and last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The workshops are available for booking on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, from 25th to 28th October and start at 10 am and 11.30 daily. For health and safety reasons, a maximum of only 35 pupils per workshop is permitted.
Teachers wishing to reserve a place for their class should contact the museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie to make a booking. Telephone bookings will not be accepted.
These workshops are available FREE of charge.

September: 27th
October: 4th, 11th, and 18th
Clare Museum Learning For Primary Schools
'Prehistoric Ireland'
A Workshop for Senior Primary School Children

Archaeologist and teacher Caitriona O'Sullivan will present a workshop on Prehistoric Ireland for senior primary school children. Through exploring the museum's fine collection of prehistoric artefacts from County Clare, the children will learn about the homes, food, farming practices, technological developments and burial practices of their Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors.
The children will have an opportunity to handle, examine and investigate artefacts of the period including a polished stone axe and a quern stone used for grinding grain.
The workshop also aims to make the children aware of the prehistoric monuments surviving in their own area, as well as helping them to develop an understanding of the chronology of the period.
The workshop has been designed to support teachers in the delivery of the history curriculum strand 'Early People and Ancient Societies', strand units 'Stone Age' and 'Bronze Age Peoples'. It also aims to develop an understanding of time and chronology, change and continuity and to develop skills in using evidence and handling artefacts.
The workshops are available on the following dates:September: 27th
October: 4th, 11th, and 18th
There are two workshops on these days, one at 9.45 am and 10.45 am.
The workshops are free of charge. Bookings are only available through claremuseum@clarecoco.ie on a first come, first serve basis.

May – June 2016
Clare Museum Learning For Primary Schools
'Prehistoric Ireland'
A Workshop for Senior Primary School Children

Archaeologist and teacher Caitriona O'Sullivan will present a workshop on Prehistoric Ireland for senior primary school children. Through exploring the museum's fine collection of prehistoric artefacts from Co.Clare, the children will learn about the homes, food, farming practices, technological developments and burial practices of their Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors.
The children will have an opportunity to handle, examine and investigate artefacts of the period including a polished stone axe and a quern stone used for grinding grain.
The workshop also aims to make the children aware of the prehistoric monuments surviving in their own area, as well as helping them to develop an understanding of the chronology of the period.
The workshop has been designed to support teachers in the delivery of the history curriculum strand 'Early People and Ancient Societies', strand units 'Stone Age' and 'Bronze Age Peoples'. It also aims to develop an understanding of time and chronology, change and continuity and to develop skills in using evidence and handling artefacts.
The workshops are available on the following dates:
April 5th, 7th, 12th, 19th, 26th
May 3rd, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st
June 2nd, 7th, 9th
The start time for these workshops is 10.15 am.
The workshops are free of charge. Bookings are only available through claremuseum@clarecoco.ie on a first come, first serve basis.

March - May, 2016
‘How to be an Archaeologist’
Clare Museum has organized a number of workshops for Transition Year Students for Secondary Schools providing information on how Archaeologists carry out their work. An Archaeologist from TVAS Archaeological Consultancy will give a power point presentation to students. This will be followed by some practical experience and students will carry out a dig in excavation boxes, allowing students to learn about archaeological excavation, sectioning, and recording an archaeological excavation. Where it is possible, real archaeological objects will be used in the excavation boxes.
Clare Museum will host these workshops at 10 am on each of the following dates:
Thursday 3rd March
Thursday 10th March
Thursday 14th April
Thursday 21st April
Thursday 5th May
Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

March - April, 2016
‘Memory Triggers – 1916 and its aftermath’
For Primary Schools.
Guns, Medals, Memorabilia and Memory – a tour of Clare Museum which utilizes real objects from the museum to tell the history Clare during the period 1916-1923.
Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara has shaped tours that meet the curricular aim of exposing pupils to the ‘work of a historian’. It will also enable the development of the relevant key skills and concepts including Time and chronology, Change and continuity, Cause and effect, Using evidence, Synthesis and communication and Empathy. These workshops will also will
also assist in addressing a number of the key strand units which are included in the history programme, including ‘Myself and my family’, ‘Story’, ‘Life, society’, ‘culture in the past’ and ‘continuity and change over time’.
These tours are available only on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 15th at 11.30 am
Friday, April 15th at 10 am and 11.30 am
Friday, April 29th at 10 am and 11.30 am
These workshops are FREE to schools. Bookings for groups of up to 25 students can be made by emailing Clare Museum at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

8th March 2016
Clare ‘Herstory’ - International Women’s Day
To mark International Women’s Day, Clare historian Dr Tomás Mac Conmara will give two workshops that will shed light on the hidden role that Clare women played in events in Clare that will be commemorated during the Decade of Centenaries. Workshops are at 10 am and 11.30 am and places are limited to a maximum of 35 per workshop. Bookings can be made by email only: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

28th and 29th January 2016
St Bridget’s Day Stories and Crafts for primary schools.
Local storyteller Ruth Marshall will hold FREE workshops of storytelling, songs, poems, with butter-making and Bridget’s cross-making to mark St Bridget’s Day and the traditional beginning of spring. The workshops will be held three times a day on 28th and 29th January inclusive, and will start at 10 am, 11.30 am and 1pm respectively. Each will last about an hour and 15 minutes. Booking: Places are limited and so booking is essential. Teachers wishing to reserve a place for their class should book at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie. Telephone bookings will not be accepted.

 

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