Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre

Learning and Education

Carrickfergus Museum Education Programme

Carrickfergus Museum's education sessions all underpin the requirements of the new Northern Ireland Curriculum. 

All of our workshops involve activities that support the World Around Us- Exploring the Locality (Where I Live) and PDMU (appreciation of the past, experience of others and a sense of where they belong). WAU strands- Place and Change over Time.

The sessions seek to foster the development of the following skills: Managing information, working with others, communication and thinking skills. Learning experiences are enquiry based, making links between curriculum areas and take place in a supportive and engaging learning environment. The activities for each session seek to foster curiosity, openness to new ideas and community spirit.

Using ICT at Carrickfergus Museum.

Now that Carrickfergus Museum has its own ipads, you can book your class in for a digital gallery trail. Educational and fun apps such Tellegami Edu and Morfo booth have been incorporated in to all of our existing programmes allowing your students to interact and engage with the museum collections and the town’s history to provide meaningful learning experiences that will meet your needs.

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Digging up the distant past- (session time 2hrs)                                                                                                 

In this session pupils become archaeologists and discover some genuine early man artefacts.  Through the "dig" the pupils learn how archaeologists piece together the past.  Pupils tour the early man section of the museum and view the Mesolithic and Neolithic artefacts on display.                                                                                

The session is full of interaction, worksheets, role play and hands on activities ensuring the pupils learn more about the differences between Mesolithic and Neolithic man.

Yes we have no bananas – (session time 2hrs)                                               

In this session pupils are taken on an emotional journey to discover the thoughts feelings and emotions of Second World War evacuees.   Handle genuine World War II replica artefacts and partake in rationing activities to decide how clothing coupons would be spent.  Pupils will gain knowledge of life during the Second World War in Northern Ireland through interaction, worksheets, role play and hands on activities.

Meet the Weatherups – (session time 2hrs)                                                    

In this session, pupils are taken on a journey of what life was like for a real life Carrickfergus Victorian Family and their staff. Pupils visit the Victorian section of the museum and view the Victorian artefacts including Mrs Weatherup’s stunning wedding dress.  Pupils gain knowledge of life during Victorian times through interaction, worksheets, role play and hands on activities.

Tale of a Medieval Town – (session time 2hrs)

In this session pupils will embark on a walking tour to hear how the town of Carrickfergus grew around the magnificent Norman Castle. Pupils will make their way through the town starting from the medieval harbour area moving to the site of the medieval kiln at the end of West Street, then on to Market Place (site of Great Patrick Cross) before we reach the site of the Franciscan Friary which is now houses the town’s Museum.   Pupils will then tour the museum and be able to handle various tools relating to the industries of the town.

Homes Now & Then – (Session time 2 hrs)

In this session pupils will discover the differences between homes in the past and modern homes today. Pupils will also gain knowledge of what life would have been like for an Ulster-Scots family in the 17th Century at the Andrew Jackson Cottage. This session is very interactive, pupils gain knowledge by handling replica artefacts and role play. Worksheets can also be provide for the school classroom.

Workshops are available at any time throughout the academic year and should be booked in advance.

Cost per pupil: Free of Charge

Teachers/Assistants: Free of Charge 

Talks & Tours

Digital Gallery Trail

Using the museum’s ipads, pupils are invited to discover the history of the town and the artefacts on display for themselves through our highly interactive gallery trail, which includes images, videos and sounds.

Monkey and Dog bones at Carrickfergus – (session time 1hr)                               

This tour gives pupils a glimpse into Carrickfergus’ long and fascinating past.  Pupils are taken on a journey through the ages and hear the many and varied stories of the life of this “Once capital of Ulster”. Pupils get to view artefacts from Mesolithic, Norman, Elizabethan, Victorian and 19th century from the area.

Merryweather Fire Engine – (session time 1hr)                                                   

This talk is aimed at preschool and KS1 and can be booked in conjunction with a visit to Carrickfergus Fire Station.  Pupils get to here about one of Carrickfergus’ greatest benefactors “Colonel James Craig” and how the Merryweather fire engine would have been used. In this session pupils gain knowledge on Victorian fire engine’s through the use of interaction, role play and activity sheets.

Talks & Tours are available at any time throughout the academic year and should be booked in advance.

Cost per child: Free of Charge

Teachers/Assistants: Free of charge

Fire Engine

Loan Boxes

“Victorian Life in Carrickfergus”

Contents include Victorian artefacts, teachers notes and worksheets complete this loan box experience.

“Carrickfergus in the Second World War”

Contents include a selection of wartime artefacts, teachers notes and worksheets complete this loan box experience.

Loan Box Hire: £15.00 for 2 weeks