About Heritage in Schools

The Heritage in Schools scheme makes available to primary schools a panel of 175 Heritage Experts who will visit primary schools to work directly with the pupils.  The visit by the heritage expert is part-funded by the school and the remaining costs are funded by the Heritage Council.

You can search for an Expert by county and your area of interest. Areas of expertise range from bats to whales, from Vikings to the history of bread, from story-telling to traditional dance, and from charcoal making to military heritage. Many also have the ability to conduct their visit through the medium of Irish. Experts usually conduct their visits in or close to their own county, although many are prepared to travel.  


Guidelines for Schools 

  1. Obtain approval for the visit from the School Principal or Board of Management.  
  2. Select a Heritage Expert from the Heritage Experts list.  
  3. Contact the Heritage Expert and arrange the date, time and duration of the visit.
  4. Plan the content of the visit with the Heritage Expert and decide what preparation must be undertaken by the expert, the teacher and the pupils prior to the visit.
  5. All bookings must be made in advance of visit with the Heritage Council. Please use our online booking system. Failure to book in advance, may result in the visit not being subsidised by the Heritage Council.
  6. The cost of the visit must be paid directly to the Heritage Expert after each visit. Travel costs are covered by the Heritage Council.

The Cost for Heritage Expert visits are:


Duration of visit Half Day (2.5 - 3 hours) Whole Day (5 - 5.5 hours)
Cost to School €60 €100
Cost to the Heritage Council €40 €70
Cost to designated disadvantaged school €40 €60
Cost to the Heritage Council €60 €110
  1. A short evaluation form must be completed after each visit.
  2. The number of children participating in a visit by a Heritage Expert should not exceed 30.  
  3. The teacher must remain with the class and the Heritage Expert at all times during the visit.
  4. The Heritage Expert is not expected to supervise pupils alone, or to visit for longer than the agreed time.
  5. Bookings can only be made for the current calendar year.

***The Five-Series Visit (1 visit free!) ***

If a Heritage Expert visits the same school five times, for either five full days or five half days, during the calendar year, the school will pay for four visits and the Heritage Council will fund the fifth. If you are interested in participating in this scheme please discuss with the Expert you have chosen and state this on the booking form when filling it in.

For further details please contact Amanda Ryan on 056 777 0777 or e-mail: heritageinschools@heritagecouncil.ie  

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Educational Value

The value of the Heritage in Schools scheme is in the richness and depth of knowledge it makes available to children and teachers. The primary aim of the scheme is to encourage awareness of the genius of the natural and cultural world that surrounds us in our daily lives and engage children in a direct experience of their heritage, preferably outside the classroom where possible and appropriate. The scheme supports the stated aims and objectives of the SESE curriculum and provides an additional educational tool and resource for teachers. The 'investigations' provided on this website relate directly to the SESE subjects of science, history and geography. 

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

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