- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Politics, conflict and society (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford
- Classes catered for:
- 4th, 5th, 6th
Liam is an archaeologist and conservation consultant with over fifteen years experience in Ireland, Great Britain, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Until recently, he acted as Project Manager of the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) with the Heritage Council of Ireland. This involved coordinating the conservation and interpretation of the country's medieval town walls with various local authorities. In 2013, the IWTN's Educational Programme which Liam devised and manages won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award.
Before conducting a visit to your school, Liam will research what medieval castles, churches and other relevant archaeology exist in the vicinity. The first part of his visit will focus on life in medieval Ireland. Throughout the presentation Liam will ground broader national and international trends in local sites. In effect, the presentation will be a horrible histories lecture covering topics such as lifespan, illnesses, crime, hygiene, food, the role of women, religion, combat and trade. Interactive and collaborative learning will be at the core of the session.
The second part of the session will concern buildings. Although Liam will cover mud constructed buildings, the main focus will be on stone castles and churches. One of the tasks he will get the attendees to do is work together in groups of three to build a barrel arch using grey styrofoam blocks which Liam will supply.
Tours to local sites may also be possible after discussion regarding feasibility.
To learn more about Liam visit www.researchanddig.ie
- 086 0550755