Friday, 29 January 2016

Workshops in Carrickfergus

We brought our Plantation Workshops to Carrickfergus Museum last week and what better place to have them than in a museum surrounded by artefacts from the period? We held six workshops at the museum and invited both primary and post primary schools to attend. We got a great response from the local schools and the workshops filled up quickly!

Children From Carrickfergus Model PS look at Plantation period maps.

We would like to thank all of the schools for taking part in the workshops. Everyone was very enthusiastic and eager to learn all they could about the archaeology of the Plantation. The children particularly enjoyed the part where they got to interact and interpret artefacts uncovered during our  excavations at Monea and Derrywoone Castles. 

Children from Carrickfergus College get to grips with the artefacts.

The museum worked wonderfully as the venue for these workshops. Each group was taken on a tour of the museum itself where they learned about the history of the town during the 17th century. There were lots of questions about the artefacts on display and the town itself from every group that came along. We would particularly like to thank Shirin Murphy, Museum Officer for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and the staff from the museum for all of their help running the workshops.

Children from St Nicolas' primary learn about the castle during the Plantation.

We had a great time with all of the fantastic schools that came to visit us. And we're still not finished so stay tuned! 

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