Armagh County Museum is the oldest county museum in Ireland and the varied collections reflect the lives of those who lived, worked in or have been associated with the Armagh area.
The scope and breadth of the objects, documents and artefacts in the collections make the Museum a valuable and exciting learning resource.
A range of learning programmes have been designed which draw on the collections to meet the requirements of the new NI Curriculum.
These places emphasis on active hands-on learning, to offer opportunities for the development of skills such as working with others and creativity.
The workshops facilitate pupils to explore cultural heritage, change over time and the relationship between individuals and places. Opportunities exist for pupils to explore their identity and place in society.
The Museum supports learning in its widest definition in response to diversity, equality and the ethos of lifelong learning. Sessions can be tailored to the particular needs of community, youth and special interest groups. Topics can be flexible and can involve general talks and tours which can include crafts if appropriate.
The Museum aims to provide a safe and secure learning environment, which offers a unique and enjoyable experience. A Child Protection Policy is in operation and has a designated Child Protection Officer.
The learning workshops are designed to support the NI Curriculum. The sessions take place in the Museum and use the exhibitions and collections.
The topic based approach supports the following learning areas, The World Around Us, Language and Literacy, The Arts and PDMU.
All workshops involve a range of learning activities which includes a hands-on craft. Little or no previous learning of the topic is necessary and with prior discussion the workshops can be tailored to different ages and abilities.
Workshops range from 90-120 minutes and if break is required it will lengthen the visit to the Museum.
Currently, the Museum offers 3 set workshops:
- Playing through time
- Homes from the Past
- World War II
They are designed to develop the following Skills:
- Working with others
- Fostering curiosity
- Thinking skills
Learning experiences at the Museum are active, hands-on and fun. The activities are enquiry based and encourage the pupils to investigate.
All activities can be adapted to the learning needs of Key Stage 1-3 and SEN. Activities are designed for mixed ability.
The Museum offers an opportunity for families to explore the history of County Armagh and enjoy the wide ranging objects on display in the galleries.
A Kids Trail is available to download in pdf format.
The Museum runs family events at Easter (26th March 2016), Hallowe’en (29th October 2016) and Christmas (10th December 2016).
All events run from 12noon – 4pm and include a range of craft activities, trails and talks/storytelling.
Activities are suitable for primary school aged children and their families.
Events are free of charge. Keep up to date with details of the next family event by visiting the what’s on section of the website
‘Museum Uncovered’ sessions are available for community groups and aim to highlight the Collections of the Museum.
Workshops are delivered by Museum staff and can be for a stand-alone visit or for a number of sessions delivered over several weeks or months.
These are very relaxed workshops where members of the group can participate in discussion and reminiscence.
These sessions are free and usually last up to 2 hours.
- Seasonal traditions (Harvest Traditions, Christmas Traditions, St Brigid and May Day customs)
- Homes in the Past
- Old Photographs
- General introduction to the Museum exhibition and Collections.
- Workshop based around the temporary exhibition