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Key Stage 3

Modern History


Learning from Artefacts: World War One

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Session Outline
In this object based workshop, students explore the impact of the World War One through themes such as life in the trenches, the role of women, and how those at home were affected by examining genuine artefacts and personal stories from NMNI collections.
 
Skills
·         Gathering evidence from artefacts and other material from NMNI’s collections
·         Working effectively in teams to carry out an investigation
·         Presenting findings to the rest of the group
·         Historical interpretation and enquiry
·         Speaking and listening
·         Learning how to handle museum artefacts
·         Using photographs, clothing and everyday objects to find out how different people were affected by the war
·         Developing thinking skills through reasoning, deduction and problem solving

Gallery Learning Activities
Additional information:
  • Session Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cost: £60


Art

Ulster Museum art programmes encourage students to look at paintings and sculptures first-hand and provide them with a range of transferrable ways of looking at art.

Tours and workshops can be adapted to the age and needs of your students from KS3 to A2 Art and Design and History of Art.

2014 Exhibitions

Currently the art galleries display some of the best of the Ulster Museum’s art collections, with old favourites and some new additions. Exhibitions include Irish art, works on paper, highlights of the fashion collections and international 20th century art.

The displays may change with loans, rehangs and temporary exhibitions so please check our what's on pages in advance if you are visiting to look at specific work.

Tours for KS3, GCSE

With such a variety of work on display there are many themes for visits, we suggest the following:

  • Eye-opener (a wide-ranging tour looking at different styles, media and types of work, raising issues and testing analytical skills)
  • Portraits and People (looking at how portraits are constructed with examples in different styles and media)
  • Irish Art (a survey of key works by Irish artists in the collection).

We also welcome challenges and can customise tours according to your needs, so please get in touch, discuss your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you. email colleen.watters@nmni.com

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60 

Workshops for KS3, GCSE

The above tours can be extended with a workshop designed to meet the group’s interests. For example Portraits and People can be followed by a portrait workshop. Additional information:

  • Please contact us to discuss possibilities. email colleen.watters@nmni.com
  • Session Length: 2 hours
  • Cost: £60
Art in Discover Nature

For centuries nature has inspired artists, designers and photographers.
Discover Nature presents a kaleidoscope of patterns, colours and forms. From the opalescent wings of butterflies to the complicated patterns on seashells, from the fine intricacies of birds’ feathers to the geometrical shapes of crystals, all are available for students to draw or photograph.

Teachers can book Discover Nature for the exclusive use of your art class.

Additional information:

  • Session length: 45mins       
  • Cost: £60
  • Alternatively, students may come outside school hours, at weekends or on school holidays. It is essential to phone ahead if you require butterflies which are not under glass for photography. Telephone Rosemary Stewart 028 9044 0100
     

 

Armada

The Spanish Armada collection at the Ulster Museum attracts tourists from all over the world. Through a series of engaging activities and an interactive visual presentation students will explore the background to the Spanish Armada.

They will take on the role of curators preparing for an exhibition and will work in groups to identify the objects excavated from the wreck of the Girona and discover what they tell us about life on board this sixteenth century Spanish ship.

They will then explore the Armada gallery to see the real objects and assess the impact of the exhibition.

Curriculum links:

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 2 hours
  • Cost: £60

The Inuit and the Arctic

How has living in the Arctic, one of the most inhospitable and dramatic environments in the world, influenced the lifestyle and beliefs of the Inuit people?

Using a collection of real objects and additional sources students will investigate, identify and present issues affecting the Inuit people today.

Curriculum links:

  • Environment and Society: Cultural Understanding/Economic awareness
  • Developing Contributors to Society. Explore issues related Spiritual Awareness (history/ geography).
  • Cross-curricular skills: communication

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60

Does Your Face Fit?

Would the faces shown on the covers of popular magazines today be considered beautiful 100 years ago or 100 years in the future?

The perfect body image for men and women is not a constant or universal ideal. It varies enormously when looked at through different periods of history and different cultures.

Students will investigate how and why people adapted their looks in different periods of history by examining objects such as a Chinese lotus shoe, a Victorian corset, Egyptian make up, Elizabethan clothing and a Peruvian artificially shaped skull.

The class will also participate in an interactive presentation which illustrates examples of body adaptation from different culturesand their relationship to identity. The influence of the media on our own perception of body image will
also be explored.

Curriculum links:

  • Developing Students as Individuals: Personal Health.
  • Developing Contributors to Society:Cultural Understanding/Media Awareness.
  • Art and Design: Ethical awareness

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60

Home Front

This session provides a unique opportunity for students to discover the impact that World War Two had on daily life in Northern Ireland.

They will explore evacuation and the Belfast Blitz through the use of original costume and a wide range of objects from the period. As well as providing the opportunity to handle real objects, this session will also focus on local stories and experiences through a combination of photographs and reminiscences.

Curriculum links:

  • GCSE: Section B1: Peace, War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and the Second World War c1932-c1949

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60

The Spiritual Beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians

This session takes place in the Learning Zone and focuses on the mummy Takabuti. Students will be encouraged to discuss their own knowledge and to ask questions about this fascinating topic.

They will then have the opportunity to handle real Ancient Egyptian objects to discover more about the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. These including a canopic jar used in the mummification process, amulets used as part of magical protection and ritual and shabti figures placed with the dead as helpers in the afterlife.

Curriculum links:

Environment and Society: Explore issues related to Spiritual Awareness Cross-curricular skills: communication

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60

Classical Civilisations

Greek black figure Hoplite amphoraThrough a series of engaging activities using real artefacts and an interactive visual presentation, students will explore aspects of Ancient Civilisations and their contribution to the development of Western Civilization. 

This session provides a unique opportunity for students to investigate real objects from Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia.

These include a Greek black figure Hoplite amphora, Roman glass vessels, Egyptian amulets and Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets and seals.

Mesopotamian cuneiform tabletCurriculum links:

Investigate the past and its impact on the world today; Explore issues related to Spiritual Awareness. Cross-curricular skills: communication.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 2 hours
  • Cost: £60

Landscapes of Northern Ireland

A fascinating session which uses our ‘Deep Time’ gallery in an exploration of the physical processes involved in the formation of the stunning landscapes of Northern Ireland.

Curriculum links:

  • Environment and Society: Geography Objective 3 Developing students as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment.
  • Cross-curricular skills: communication.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60

Tourism and Heritage Studies

First opened in 1929, the Museum underwent a major extension in 1972. In October 2009, the Ulster Museum reopened after having been closed for three years for extensive renovation work.

Student groups are invited to visit the Museum, investigate it from a tourist perspective and meet with staff to discuss the renovation, public services, funding and management of this major tourist attraction.

This is also an opportunity to discuss the many skills that are required for those seeking careers in this sector.

Curriculum links:

  • Developing Students as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment: Evaluate the measures taken to preserve an important historic site;
  • Employability.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 1 hour
  • Cost: £60