Heritage Education Week at Clare Museum

8th - 11th April 2008

Heritage Education Week will run at Clare Museum from the 8th to 11th April and is targeted at primary schools, particularly 4th to 6th classes. The purpose of Heritage Education Week is to generate greater interest and appreciation of our heritage in a practical and pupil friendly way.

It is hoped that in turn teachers and pupils will be encouraged to leave the classroom to enjoy their local heritage and come to identify Clare Museum as a valuable education resource.

During the week, a speaker will give two classes daily starting at 10.30a.m. and 11.30a.m. with a different topic each day. Some of the workshops will be 45 minutes in duration while others will be 30 minutes in length. Places are limited to 35 pupils for each workshop and bookings can be made by calling the curator at 065-6823382 or by email at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie. It is essential to book early to avoid disappointment.



Tuesday, 8th April
A Presentation of Prehistoric Musical Instruments of Ireland - Simon and Maria (Cullen) O’Dwyer

Simon has been employed as a heritage specialist by the INTO and The Heritage Council for the past 7 years. His work involves visits to National schools around the country presenting the prehistoric instruments of Ireland. Since his membership began he has visited over 360 schools. Workshops: 10.30 and 11.30 (45 minutes in length).

Wednesday, 9th April
Spinning and Weaving – Geraldine O Sullivan

Geraldine is a weaver from Ennis, and will demonstrate the old art of weaving. Pupils will have an opportunity to try their hand and a handling collection will be available. Workshops: 10.30 and 11.30.

Thursday, 10th April
The Traditional Traveller Craft of Copper Smithing – St. Joseph’s Traveller Training Centre

The Copper craft group of St. Joseph’s Traveller Training Centre, Ennis will be visiting the Clare Museum to give two live demonstrations on the traditional Traveller craft of copper smithing. Workshops: 10.30 and 11.30 (c. 30 mins in length).

Friday, 11th April

Singing a Clare Song – Caoilte Breatnach

Caoilte will be helping the children learn a song from County Clare. His workshops are a little longer 10.30 - 11.30 and 12.00 - 1.00. Beidh failte roimh Ghaeilge.

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