Founded in 1701, Marsh's Library has remained unchanged for three centuries! The Queen Anne building, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and interesting books. The students will believe they are entering a Harry Potter film set once they cross the threshold!
The tour for primary schools includes a brief talk about the history of Marsh’s and a look at the points of interest as they move through the two galleries. Taking note of the portraits of famous figures from Marsh’s past, spotting the bullet holes that remain in books from the time of the Easter Rising, and then on to the cages where readers were locked-in, to prevent them from stealing the books!
To make the library and the exhibited books and manuscripts accessible to the students, there is a resource pack of worksheets/activities which you can download and bring with you on the day. Teachers are welcome to arrange a pre-tour visit in order to plan the visit in advance and best meet each classes’ needs.
For more information and to book your visit, go to www.marshlibrary.ie