Clare Museum Website Schools Quiz

Clare Champion, Friday, May 10, 2002

Following on from the recent free admissions initiative to schools, Clare Museum has joined forces with Clare Education Centre to promote the educational potential of the Riches of Clare exhibition locally, by devising a series of museum quizzes based around photographs of the artifacts displayed on the museum website.

The initiative, which is part of an ongoing development of a museum service for Clare, is promoted to schools through the Clare Education Centre website. The first quiz was launched in March, and has been a great success with over 200 entries. It is intended to run a different quiz each month throughout the academic year, in a bid to take the Riches of Clare exhibition out of the building and place it in the classroom.

Hosted by clarelibrary.ie, the Clare Museum website was launched in February as the first fully integrated and fully interactive museum website in the country. It has already attracted almost 3,500 hits to date.

"The quiz is also unique as no other local authority museum in country has the facility to outreach to schools by this means. It not only informs children of their history in an entertaining way, but it has also raised the profile of the exhibition amongst teachers, which is feeding back into the museum in terms of actual visits" says John Rattigan, Museum Curator.

A positive experience for the student is considered to be an important aspect of the quiz, and a prize will be awarded each month to the winner, with two runners-up prizes.

The winner of the prize of a 30 Euro book voucher for the March Quiz was Matthew Collins, 4th Class, Lisdoonvarna NS (Winner), with Niall Mc Guane, 4th Class, Connolly NS and Cormac Hehir, 5th Class, Lisdoonvarna as runners up, both with 10 Euro book vouchers.

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