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Ancient Ireland

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UM - Ancient Ireland Hero (648-656)

What was it like to live in Ancient Ireland? Find out in this hands-on workshop, where your class can learn about the experiences of people in Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age Ireland.

There’s a chance to handle real prehistoric objects and work together in groups to discover what they were used for and how they were made. We will look at how the movement of people to Ireland changed the landscape and introduced new technologies and beliefs.

Children can investigate how people in the past had to adapt and learn new skills in response to these changes and they’ll also find out where evidence of life in ancient times can be seen in the landscape around us today.

On a visit to the Early Peoples gallery in the museum, the class can see and record real Stone Age and Bronze Age artefacts found in Northern Ireland.

Dig into Ancient Ireland

We’ve created a brand new set of learning resources for Key Stage 2 teachers on the topic of Ancient Ireland. Illustrated by images from our collection and including suggestions for learning activities, you’ll find a wealth of information and ideas for the classroom. We’ve also created a bespoke Minecraft World called Ancient Ireland, with activities linked to each part of the learning resource and plenty of opportunities for children to enjoy exploring this fascinating period in our history.