Vision, creativity, problem posing and solving are urgently needed to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, including climate justice and sustainable development. Therefore, we are challenging Limerick City Transition Year students to design a community centric, futuristic eco-village, in Ireland, in the year 2050.

Students will work in groups to produce a conceptual design which integrates

  • The UN Sustainable Goals that they deem most important
  • New and emerging STEAM technologies and renewable energies supporting the development of a vibrant local community and for the greater good of a just society and thriving economy.
  • Social justice principles, which protect the most vulnerable and provide public services and equality between all village residents.

There will be prizes for projects that showcase outstanding contributions in

  • energy conservation,
  • green housing
  • public transport
  • social justice

The overall winner will receive a FULL DAY VISIT to Cloughjordan eco-village. Other prizes to be announced.

To support enquiry-based research and key skill development, a series of experiential learning experiences will be provided. These include opportunities to engage with Hunt Museum objects relating to sustainability and biodiversity, and experts at the University of Limerick’s EPI•STEM research-centre for STEAM education. Digital resources, including a prerecorded video presentation with Cloughjordan ecovillage residents, will also be provided.

Teachers and students will have absolute flexibility to decide the best approach for their project, however, each submission must include these four components:

  1. A written and signed report of the agreed design and plan (maximum. 3-pages).


  1. A 5-minute video highlighting the sources of their inspiration from the locality of materials or people must be provided. A video storyboarding digital resource will be provided to all entrants. Each Limerick City based school that participates will be gifted a ‘gimbal’ complements of EPI•STEM, the research centre in the University of Limerick, tasked with supporting STEAM Education for all.


  1. Delivery of an artefact in a single medium or combined media (including. technical drawing, wood, metal, cardboard, artwork) illustrating their ambitious vision for a sustainable village in Ireland for 2050


  1. A written reflection sharing (a) the ‘personal and group learnings’ from participating in this TY project, and sharing (b) how this local project translates nationally and globally, especially into the social and scientific construction of a just and equal global world.



Teachers must register interest using the google link below by September 27th 2024, 5pm

Register your Interest  @ http://Reister your Interest Form – Google Forms

A Collaborative Initiative Designed by
The Hunt Museum
EPISTEM, National Centre for STEM Education, The University of Limerick
Limerick Education Support Centre

Pre- Christian Ireland; Stone Age – Bronze Age

Suitability : Senior Cycle
Duration: 90 minutes 

Cost: €3.50 per student, Teachers go Free


Discover what life was like for people in Pre-Christian Ireland through interactive group activities, a tour of our Collection, handling of replica objects and new innovative digital interactives.

Focusing on the Stone Age and Bronze Age, students will build their visual literacy as they learn about the materials, production methods and decoration techniques used  to make everyday tools and objects in  prehistoric times.

During this workshop, students will use visual thinking strategies to examine and compare settlements from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to determine how lifestyles improved in conjunction to the development of new materials and technologies. They will  use digital interactives to investigate archeological objects from our Collection and participate in group art activities.

This workshop will support students to complete written questions in content area 2; Ireland and it`s place in the wider world; Pre-Christian section of the Leaving Certificate Examinations.

Collection & Exhibition Tours

The Hunt Museum offers discounted, engaging guided gallery visits of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for further education colleges and university students.

These seminar-style discussions are led by Museum staff and volunteers and can be specifically designed to enhance professors’ curricula. Through close observation and guided discussion, students explore art, history, world cultures or museology.

Opportunities are also available to develop collaborative projects culminating in online and gallery-based exhibitions and installations.

Reading 20th Century Art

Reading 20th Century Art – Relevant to Senior Cycle students.
Duration: 60mins
€3.50 per student, teachers go free!


This tour will aid Senior Cycle students in the completion of Section 1 and 2 of the Art History and Appreciation written paper.


Using visual thinking strategies this workshop enables students to look, analyze and interpret works of historic importance by Irish & European artists such as Jack. B Yeats, Sean Keating , Roderic O Connor, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin.

Through group discussions  students  learn how to create a structured response that reflects a personal connection to the work.


Learning Outcomes:
• Learned and applied critical and visual language when assessing,
understanding and appreciating Irish and/or European art
• Completed structured written analysis of artworks including subject matter, composition, style, media/materials, techniques and influence

The Vikings workshop – Junior Cycle

The Vikings Post Primary School Handling Session – Suitable for Junior Certificate and Transition Year Students.
Duration: 60mins
Cost €3.50 per student, teachers go free!

This workshop utilizes replica objects, digital interactives, and artifacts from our collection to enhance students’ understanding of the Vikings’ history in Ireland. It informs them about the Viking culture, including their lifestyle, clothing, weapons used in battles, and innovative technology that they introduced to the Irish people.


Curricular Links: 

Visual Art: Strand – Art (Element: Critical and visual language, 1.1,
1.2 ; Element: Visual Culture and Appreciation

History: Strand – Developing Historical Consciousness – History of Ireland

Geography: Strand – Exploring People, Places, and Change


Loan Box

This is also available as a loan box.

The Hunt Museum offers a range of different loan boxes containing an array of handling material, and activity resources, that can bring the past to life in the classroom.

Contains artifacts relating to Ireland’s Viking age, and the role of the Norsemen in Limerick.


Cost: 35 euro for 10 days.


  • Strand: Developing historical consciousness
  • Strand: History of Ireland

800 Years of Fashion

800 Years of Fashion 

Duration: 60mins
€3.50 euro per student. Teachers go free!

During this workshop, students will learn about clothing from the past, covering eight periods between 1200 and 1920, and the societies that wore them. Resources, and objects in the Permanent Collection, will be used as historical evidence to gain a greater understanding of the evolution of fashion and how this relates to changes in society. This is a playful and fun workshop where students will get the opportunity to try on costumes as they learn about the fashion styles and cultures of the past.



  • Strand 1: The Nature of History
  • Strand 2: The history of Ireland
  • Strand 3: The history of Europe and the wider world

Exhibition Layout and Design

Exhibition Layout and Design Tour.

Relevant to Senior Cycle
Duration: 60mins
Cost : 3.50 per student, teachers go free!

This programme enables Leaving Certificate Art students  to understand the logistics of how a museum operates.

It gears towards helping students prepare for questions related to todays world in the leaving certificate examinations.

  • How a museum displays its collections
  • Accessibility
  • Conservation and Lighting of collections

They will also get the opportunity to compare and contrast:

  • Artworks and art objects through sketching
  • Permanent Collection vs the flexible Temporary Exhibition space

Also available as an online programme.

Find it here.

Ancient Ireland Handling Session

Ancient Ireland Handling Session: During this workshop, students will use their senses to analyse and evaluate various replica objects. This will enable them to construct historical narratives, and interpret what life was like in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

They will also take a tour of the prehistoric objects in the Hunt Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Relevant to the Junior cycle
Duration: 60 mins
€3.50 per student, teachers go free!

Loan Box

This is also available as a loan box.

The Hunt Museum offers a range of different loan boxes containing an array of handling material, and activity resources, that can bring the past to life in the classroom.

This can be used to learn about Ireland in the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age.

Cost: 30 euro plus VAT for 10 days.


  • Strand 1: The Nature of History
  • Strand 2: The History of Ireland

Visual Art

  • Element: Visual Culture and Appreciation, Craft Strand
  • Element: Media, Craft Strand


  • Strand 1: Oral Language


  • Strand 1: The Nature of Science

Environmental Social Studies

  • Section 1: Settlement / Resources
  • Topics: Food, Shelter, Energy, Water, Clothing
  • Option 2: Pre-Christian Ireland

Ancient Ireland- Life in the Stone and Bronze Ages 


For 3rd and 4th Classes
Cost: 3.50 per pupil, teachers go free!
Duration: 2 hours including 15 minute break

This workshop takes learners on a journey through the Stone Age and Bronze Age. Through the handling of replica objects and analyzing archaeology in the Collection, they will learn how people lived, their beliefs and practices and what technologies emerged and evolved during these prehistoric periods. Visual thinking strategies will be used in conjunction with our beautifully illustrated Life in the Bronze Age exhibition, deepening learner knowledge.






  • Working as a historian
  • Early People and Ancient Societies
  • Community and change over time
  • Local studies


  • Materials


  • Human Environments

The Three Muses

The Three Muses: An innovative schools programme from the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum, and Limerick City Gallery of Art, focussing on modern and contemporary visual art.

Duration: 60 mins

The Three Muses: Exploring art and identity is a programme for Primary School students designed to increase access, ownership, and enjoyment of the collections of three museums in Limerick city.

Participating school groups will enjoy a full day at the museum of workshops, and avail of activity packs to extend their learning.

Visual Art

  • Paint and Colour: Looking and responding; Making
  • Clay: Looking and responding; Making
  • Print: Looking & responding; Making


  • Strand: Local Studies
  • Strand: Working as a historian
  • Strand: Life, society, and culture in the past
  • Strand: Continuity and change over time