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 programme – 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 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.

Collection & Exhibition Tours

Collection and Exhibition tours for those in Higher Education. The Hunt Museum offers discounted, engaging guided gallery visits of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for classes from FE colleges and universities.

These seminar-style discussions are led by Museum staff 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.

For more information please contact Maria Cagney, Curator of Education and Outreach.

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