Aine Brosnan

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Aine Brosnan
History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Book a Virtual Visit

I love going into schools, opening a little window for the children on the history and archaeology of their locality and getting them really inspired!

I encourage the children to make their own enquiries about their local area from the older generations, to collect stories from their own communities, which always helps in their developing a sense of appreciation and pride of their own place.

School visits (virtual)

Topic: Mysterious Monuments - What are they, Where are they ?

Classes: 3rd to 6th classes

Materials: Pens and notebook journalists hat (optional!)

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 20 mins)

Introduction- what is Archaeology all about? What are these 'Mysterious Monuments' that can be found in every neighbourhood?

Taking off on our magic carpet we will go on a virtual tour to visit one of these special places. The session will include a puzzle and a drawing exercise.

In the follow-up exercise Children will be asked do their own investigations at home to see what information they can 'dig up' (interviewing parents; grandparents; older neighbours) about any facts, old stories or local knowledge that they might surprisingly have about these monuments. Listen carefully, take notes, be the reporter and be ready to relay any information you receive back to your class at our live session.

Session 2 (live, up to 60 mins)

During the live session we will investigate some Mysterious Monuments in your locality, using online resources for some virtual time travelling! What Mysterious Monuments are near your school? What happened at these places? Who lived there? What were they used for? Our young journalists will be taking notes. Did you get any information from your enquiries from older members of your community? Children will asked to pick their favourite monument and divide into groups for some creative writing where they will work on their own stories or poems.

Worksheets & teacher's notes:

An activity worksheet will be provided for the children to work on.There will also be notes for teachers to accompany the pre recorded session.

School visits (on-site)

My workshops are tailored to suit the school I’m visiting, depending on the size of the school, number of classrooms, particular interests of the teachers and pupils.

In general the day consists of an introduction, where I ascertain what the children know about archaeology, then I elaborate the discussion to what an archaeologist works at, how we gather our evidence, why some things survive, using a PowerPoint with lots of images of how this is done and why it happens .

We ll then see how this ‘evidence has been used to paint the picture of what we know about how people lived long ago, looking through the time line, starting with Ireland's first arrivals in the Stone Age continuing through time or focussing on a particular era if the children want to do a project on something in particular.

I then show the children their local area on the maps, using on line sources, comparing modern maps to the early maps, google maps checking to see what monuments are in the area, placing them in the timeline, seeing how the landscape has changed, what has changed or what is the same.

I also have some artefacts to show the children and some activities including some exercises in creative writing and drama which I mix through the session. I have two different costumes that I can wear if a teacher would like to concentrate on a particular topic. I have a replica of the Shinrone Dress a C.15th Irish lady's gown and a viking lady's costume.

As the heritage in schools scheme is very much geared towards outdoor learning it is really great to follow up a workshop with a field trip as there is nothing like taking children out into the countryside to see feel and smell these places! This can be done with a morning workshop and an afternoon field trip.

The 5 series visit is a great opportunity to take the children deeper into the experience of pride of place. Allowing more time to investigate their local heritage through lots of different media.

Using the fantastic on-line maps series we can do a mini survey of the area, producing little books to hold the children's work.

Interviewing the seniors in their community getting some inside knowledge of their locality.

Getting the children involved in some hands on experience creating models or dioramas of the megaliths, ogham stones using air drying clay and other material or for the more adventurous we can create a mini dig.

Please contact me for further enquiries on this email address, phone me at 0861751580 or see 'Time travel in your school' on http://www.heritageinschools.i....


  • "Informative, interactive memorable visit. Pupils were made aware of little nuggets of information about their main street, areas that they pass everyday."
  • "We were delighted with the 5 visits from Aine. She was absolutely fantastic! Very well informed and weaves so many genres into the lessons." - St Joseph’s N.S., Castlemaine
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  • "Excellent workshop from start to finish" - St. Michael's N.S.
  • "We were blown away by the fantastic visit from Aine yesterday. The boys were fully engaged with the talk in the morning, absolutely enthralled when they discovered parts of their own city that they see regularly. They also thoroughly enjoyed creating the song at the end." - Scoil Cholmcile, Blarney St
  • "We visited a local fort, the pupils really engaged with the folklore and history of the fort. It awakened their imaginations and developed their appreciation of their local environment. The pupils were very actively engaged and working collaboratively." - Scoil Chrochan Naofa
  • "Very enjoyable day." - St Colman’s NS, Cloyne
  • "Thank you Áine. The children loved your visit." - Derrinacahara NS, Cork
  • "We had a wonderful day and received lots of good advice about high end pollinators for our school grounds and surrounding areas." - Kiltiernan NS, Galway
  • "Áine, was extremely informative the session led to huge appreciation from the children on the knowledge that Áine had on pollinators." - Bodyke NS, Clare
  • "Áine gave a clear and enjoyable history walking tour in Cork city." - Scoil Padre Pio, Cork
  • "The children really enjoyed their virtual visit from start to finish. They were lots of examples and pictorial evidence that appealed to the children. They particularly enjoyed the zoom meeting and were very engaged with the facilitator." - Scoil Cholmcille
  • "Great way for the children to engage with real people and real specialists from all walks of life!" - Scoil Choluim
  • "Áine engaged very well with the class, they enjoyed the little rap exercise. It was great to look at places of interest near the school. In this current climate i think it's an excellent alternative to having a day out with a Heritage Expert." - Crannógbuí NS

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

086 175 1580