Making Medieval Manuscripts – ARMA

Medieval illuminated manuscripts are hand-written books with pages made from animal skins,adorned with hand painted designs and precious metals. They are some of the most beautiful artifacts that remain from the period. The process of their creation tells us about scribal and artistic practices of the Medieval period. In this programme, post primary students will explore this process through a variety of resources created as part of the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages project for Europeana, including video-based resources, blogs, galleries and workbooks.

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Graphic Design Education Programme – ARMA

Illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages can be viewed as objects of innovative graphic design featuring decorative fonts and images to engage readers. The term ‘design’ was not used in the same way during the Middle Ages. However, it speaks to the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the manuscripts in the Middle Ages. They were more than just books for writing in. The illuminators created elaborate fonts and artworks consisting of diverse shapes and sizes and examining these can inspire contemporary design. In this programme, post primary students will use medieval manuscripts, including fonts and imagery, as inspiration for their own graphic design projects.

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Reading in the Middle Ages – ARMA

The history of the practice of reading can tell us a lot about the nature and history of the society as a whole. During the Middle Ages, reading was mostly practiced aloud. Much of society was illiterate and texts could only be accessed through public readings. Today the opposite is true — the practice reading silently, and written information is widely available online and through printed text.

During this programme, post primary school students will be introduced to the history and function of reading, and explore reading as a means of understanding Medieval society. The programme draws on a variety of resources created as part of the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages project for Europeana, including an interactive game, video-based resources, blogs, galleries and workbooks.

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Virtual Museums Workshop

Discover art and objects in our new Virtual Museum Workshops for schools. Participants explore and interact with virtual galleries filled with 3D objects and images from three Limerick museum collections. Participants practise analytic, creative and digital skills while they work together to create their own museum galleries and discover the role of the museum to educate and inspire.

This workshop takes place on the free online platform Mozilla Hubs and requires no software downloads or sign up. To participate you’ll need a device (mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop PC) and a strong WIFI connection.

Not sure what this is all about? Read our Frequently Asked Questions here:

For further information, and to book a free Virtual Museum Workshop for your school or group, please contact:

This workshop is brought to you by The Three Muses, a joint education initiative between The Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art. The Three Muses is supported by Limerick City and County Council and Friends of the Hunt Museum.

Reading 20th Century Art

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

These tours will aid Senior Cycle students in their completion of Section 1 and 2 of the Art History and Appreciation written paper.

Choose from:

  • 20th Century Art in Ireland or Bronze Age artworks
  • European Art
  • Art in Ireland and Europe in the 20th Century

Viking Post Primary Online Programme

Viking Post Primary Online Programme – This digital programme will teach Post Primary Junior Cycle students all about the Vikings. 

Through short animations, a virtual handling session, and a printable workbook (featuring art activities and research topics) students will gain a greater understanding of Viking culture and their impact on Ireland. Students will use both replica and authentic Viking artefacts from the Hunt Museum Permanent Collection as a means to learn more about their lives.

Visual Art:

  • Strand – Art (Element: Critical and visual language, 1.1, 1.2 ; Element: Visual Culture and Appreciation, 1.8)


  • Strand – Developing Historical Consciousness – History of Ireland


  • Strand – Exploring People, Places, and Change

The Vikings Post Primary School Handling Session

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 draws on replica objects to help students learn more about Viking history in Ireland. Activities are tailored for a curriculum-linked learning experience for every age group.

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

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: 30 euro plus VAT for 10 days.


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

800 Years of Fashion Workshop

800 Years of Fashion Workshop

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

In this workshop, students will learn about clothing from eight different periods (between 1200 and 1920), and these societies. These resources, and objects in the permanent collection, will be used as historical evidence to better understand the evolution of fashion over time, and how these shifts in style relate to changes in society.



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

Hieronymus Bosch Loan Box

Hieronymus Bosch Loan Box – Transition Year and Senior Cycle students

This Loan Box will provide the tools for students to participate in an immersive 3D Virtual Reality experience of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.

Through virtual reality, accompanying lesson plans, discussion topics, and art-based activities, students will learn to critically analyse the Bosch artwork in the context of the Northern Renaissance period.

Included in the loan box is:

  • 2 x Pico Virtual Reality Headsets
  • Digital copy of instructions
  • Digital copy of classroom resources

Visual Art

  • Create Strand (Making, Process, Contextual Enquiries)
  • Research Strand (Looking, Experimenting and Interpretation, Contextual Enquiries)
  • Respond Strand (Analysis, Impact, and Value)


€30 plus VAT for 10 days

Exhibition Layout and Design Tour

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 prepare for Section 3 of the History and Appreciation of Art written exam. It will discuss:

  • 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.