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.

Clay Through the Ages Lesson Plan 4: A Mexican Tree of Life sculpture from Limerick City Gallery of Art

Clay Through the Ages Lesson Plan 2: An Ancient Greek wedding vase from the Hunt Museum

Clay Through the Ages Lesson Plan 1: A Bronze Age food vessel from the Hunt Museum

The Three Muses Clay Through the Ages Archeology game

Use your archeological skills to put the broken food vessel back together as quickly as possible!

Three Muses Clay Through the Ages Archeology game

Clay Though the Ages Lesson Plan 3: A porcelain crest-ware pig from the Limerick Museum

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.

Click here for ARMA Reading in the Middle Ages.

Click here for ARMA Graphic Design Education Programme.


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Calligraphy – ARMA

Welcome to the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages (ARMA) curriculum linked teaching and learning resources for schools. These harness medieval digital collections from the Hunt Museum and Limerick Museum and manuscripts available through Europeana Foundation

The ARMA programme aims to explore how reading culture evolved in the Middle Ages and became a fundamental aspect of European culture. The main objectives of this programme is to digitise up to 20,000 medieval manuscripts (c. 500 and c. 1500) and make them accessible online for anyone to use copyright free.  Critically the programme will also unlock the educational potential of these digital collections by producing an online exhibition, blogs and other editorials and teaching and learning resources.

Click here for ARMA Making Ink resource.

Click here for ARMA Reading Aloud Resource

Resource 1: Calligraphy in the Middle Ages

Suitability: 4th to 6th classes

Translator at work from BL Royal 18 E III, f. 24 by Valerius Maximus, translated by Simon de Hesdin and Nicholas de Gonesse - 1479 - The British Library, United Kingdom - Public Domain.

Manuscript leaf from a Book of Pericopes/Animal,Skin,Mammal skin,Parchment,Vellum/12th century AD/The Hunt Collection/PD

Manuscript leaf from a Book of Pericopes/Animal,Skin,Mammal skin,Parchment,Vellum/12th century AD/The Hunt Collection/PD

Visual Art

  • Strand – Drawing
  • Strand Unit- Making Drawings



  • Strand: Life, Society, Work & Culture
  • Strand Unit: Life in Medieval town & countryside

Teaching Materials

Today it is easy and quick to record and disseminate information, but in the Middle Ages this process was slow and laborious. All books known as manuscripts were copied by hand using a decorative style of script known as calligraphy.

These teaching materials will enable primary school children to learn about the process and history of calligraphy by comparing and contrasting manuscript examples from Europeana’s collections and historical objects from Limerick Museum and the Hunt Museum associated with the practice of calligraphy. The children will then fashion a calligraphy pen and use it to create their own piece of calligraphy.

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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 the Hunt Museum. Participants practice analytic, creative and digital skills while they work together to create their own virtual exhibition 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.

This workshop links to our layout and design online resource as it demonstrates new initiatives to make collections accessible whilst also providing new means of experiencing art. Students will have the opportunity to ask discuss and ask questions about topics related to todays world section of the leaving certificate art syllabus.

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

This workshop includes a Q & A session with a member of staff from the Hunt Museum

Cost : 35 euro


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

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