Melissa Shiels

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Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Melissa Shiels has a broad range of knowledge and skills relating to medieval crafts such as textile-spinning, dance, song, weaving and sewing. She brings a range of historical periods to life for the pupils - including Early Christian, Viking, Norman, Medieval, Tudor and Georgian. Melissa has collected an impressive array of historical artefacts - including weapons & armour, textiles, games, jewellery, books, and clothes from different periods of history. During Melissa's visit, the children pass around and handle the artefacts themselves. The children also learn old dances and songs and will have the opportunity to play some Medieval board games!

Melissa regularly display these skills at libraries, museums, public events and for the media. She also sings with the early music group, Nuada, performing music from the 13th-17th centuries.


  • "Melissa was fantastic. she was energetic, enthusiastic and shared a wealth of information with the students. Melissa had a great way with the students and answered all questions posed. We will definitely be interested in bringing Melissa back to cover more era with our students."
  • "Fantastic presentation. Lots of props. Children were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed it. Age appropriate content."
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  • "Melissa was excellent. She was very informative and had a large amount of equipment and samples. The children were engaged and really enjoyed the lesson."
  • "The pupils all rated it ten out of ten and teachers were very satisfied also." - St Brigid's NS, Limerick
  • "Melissa was friendly, knowledgeable, patient, energetic, well-prepared, and flexible. The children were fascinated, and really enjoyed her company. We couldn't be happier with how the workshop went." - Homeschool, Tipperary

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities

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