Angela Byrne - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Angela Byrne

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Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Donegal, Meath
Classes catered for:
4th, 5th, 6th

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Angela is passionate about communicating the complexity and humanity of past lives to young audiences, to educate and inspire. She aims to help younger audiences develop a balanced appreciation of family, local, and national history, and to foster inclusion and empathy. She is a professional public historian who has published widely on local history, women’s history, and Irish emigration. Her first book for children, Pets in Irish History, will be published by Beehive in 2024, and she was ghost-writer for the children’s encyclopaedia, Big Ideas from History, published by The School of Life in 2022.


In this session, pupils will delve into everyday life using visual sources (photographs, maps), documentary sources (official records, newspapers, memoirs) and local history sources (e.g., Dúchas Schools’ Project) to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of what life was like for ordinary people in their area 100 years ago. The session will include familiarization and use of sources (maps, folklore, photographs, etc.) to explore a street or prominent building in the locality.

Teachers will be provided with a workbook for optional follow-up activities.

This theme humanizes people who lived in the past and fosters empathy through the familiar concept of pet ownership. Pupils will learn about famous figures in Irish history from the medieval period to the twentieth century through the pets they owned. The session includes active use and appraisal of sources such as photographs and memoirs.

Teachers will be provided with a workbook for optional follow-up activities.

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities

Contact Details

086 265 9906