Francesca (Frankie) Callaghan

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Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Frankie is an archaeologist, heritage-educator and ancient craft specialist. She holds a PhD Track (MPhil) and BA (Hons) in Archaeology; and through her company Explore Archaeology, has facilitated archaeological workshops and events for both children and adults across Ireland and the UK. Frankie is passionate about hands-on, inclusive learning through archaeology and heritage – most especially that of our Early (Stone Age) People! Frankie is an experimental archaeologist – using ancient technology to craft replica Stone Age artefacts using only natural materials, something pupils can also discover for themselves as part of her workshops. Linking the SESE Curriculum strands, Frankie's workshops are unique – with life in the past explored through the eyes of the children in each period, from Stone Age to Viking, Norman and Medieval.

Each of Frankie’s workshops combine the following, customised to the period chosen for the visit.

• Interactive Presentation

• Artefact Handling

• Living History Display

• Ancient Craft Activities

• Worksheets/Quizzes

Frankie's visit will bring the past to life, connecting children to the heritage that surrounds them in a meaningful (and fun!) way. Place-based learning in the outdoor classroom is encouraged, with guided field-trips to archaeological sites and monuments possible, and tailored to each school visit.

• Children in the Past: Early People (Stone Age)

• Children in the Past: Viking Ireland

• Children in the Past: The Normans

• Children in the Past: Medieval Ireland

• STEM Workshop – Science + Archaeology • Field trips

In-person school visits

This exciting, hands-on workshop brings the archaeology of the Stone Age and our Early People to life! Frankie will explore the archaeological evidence for Mesolithic and Neolithic Ireland together with the children, to discover clues about the lives of our earliest people here in Ireland. We will use ancient technology to craft our own replica Stone Age artefacts and the pupils will get the opportunity to engage directly with the past and get their hands-on replica artefacts similar to those used by their ancestors over 5000 years ago.

Experience life as a Viking child growing up in Ireland in this interactive, hands-on workshop. Together we will work as time detectives , examining the archaeological and historical evidence to tell the story of the lives of these children in Ireland, over 1000 years ago. We will craft our own replica Viking artefacts and get hands-on with Frankie's exciting handling collection – and finish with a fun Viking quiz!

Frankie's ‘Children in the Past: The Normans' workshop engages children with life in Norman Ireland. This workshop will explore the archaeological and historical evidence for the Normans in Ireland – focused on place-based learning, examining heritage and monuments found within the local landscape of the school. Combining living history, a replica Norman craft activity and artefact handling, pupils will have the opportunity to get engage directly with lives of children in both their locality and the wider landscape of Norman Ireland.

In this immersive-learning workshop children will experience life as a child growing up in Medieval or Early Christian Ireland. Combining archaeological and historical evidence, we will work together to piece together the story of the lives of these children in the past- their diet, pastimes and games, homes, family and everyday lives. The children will finish the session with a quiz, and the opportunity to get hands-on with the archaeology on display in Frankie’s handling collection.

Explore how archaeologists use Science in Archaeology – from how it can help to find archaeology in the ground, to what it can help to tell us about the everyday lives of children in the past! As part of this workshop, pupils will have the opportunity to get hands-on with material remains from the past, use scientific archaeology techniques and even try some experimental archaeology for themselves!


  • "Frankie was absolutely fantastic with the children. She was so well organised and her resources really brought the lesson on archaeology alive for the children. The content of her lesson was very child centered and the children were highly engaged and involved at all times. It was a highly educational lesson and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. They described the lesson as 'really cool and fun'. I would definitely recommend Frankie to other teachers and would love to have her back for another visit." - Scoil Mhuire Lakelands, Dublin
  • "Frankie gave a superb presentation to the children starting with an explanation of what archaeology is and what an archaeologist does. She had a super audio visual presentation on this. She then went on to talk about the Normans, their origins and their coming to Ireland. She then elaborated further by explaining to the children what life would have been like in Norman Buttevant and had lots of interesting artefacts for the children to handle and examine to give them a deeper insight into what life was like for a child in Norman times. She had a lovely activity for the children to complete involving designing a family shield/ coat of arms. She had the children enthralled from the time that she came into the classroom until she left. She remembered individual children's names when interacting with them and analysed each child's surname to tell them whether it was of Irish/ Viking/ Norman etc which the children loved. All in all a fabulous presentation from an engaging and passionate presenter. I would give Frankie 110% if I could and we will certainly book another visit from her in the not too distant future." - Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Cork

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

089 4385176