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A History of Galway in Objects at Buaile Beag NS

Galway City Museum is busily working on a new object-based learning project for schools, ‘A History of Galway in Objects’, that focuses on a number of key pieces from its exhibitions, including the earliest-known Claddagh Ring (c. 1700), the elaborate Great Mace of Galway (1710), a rare Victorian Penfold post box (c. 1866-79), a piper’s cap worn by Irish revolutionary Éamonn Ceannt (1908), and the iconic statue of Irish-language writer Pádraic Ó Conaire (1935).

 

Among the key project aims are: to teach about the events and personalities that have formed the character of Galway; to develop civic awareness and increase a sense and pride of place; to spark curiosity and support critical thinking; to develop historical empathy; the improve the ability of the pupils to shape their own view and perspectives on history, culture and art; to stimulate imagination, memory and cognition through the sensory experience associated with thinking about objects.

Working with primary school teachers, artists, storytellers and performers, the Museum is developing education resources for use in the classroom, which will include various creative activities that encourage deeper interaction with the objects.

Galway City Museum had an enjoyable visit to Buaile Beag NS on Rahoon Road last week, as part of the piloting of its ‘History of Galway in Objects’ project. After learning about the Great Mace and the Claddagh Ring, the children did some ‘improvisation’ and ‘freeze frame’ activities around the stories of the objects with facilitator Órla McGovern. Thanks to Ms Costello and Mr Reilly and to their imaginative fifth class pupils.
This pilot project was funded by Galway City Council under the Creative Ireland programme 2023, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

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