Friday, 15 January 2016

New Year New Workshops

Happy New Year!

We have hit the ground running this year starting it off by continuing our outreach workshops. Our first workshop was at Eglinton Presbyterian Church with their Senior Citizens group. We had a great afternoon exploring the Plantation history of Belfast and showing off the artefacts we'd uncovered during our three excavations.

Eglinton Senior Citizens examining the artefacts.

We'd like to thank Vera Hardy for inviting us along and to the group for taking part and making it so enjoyable. 

The ladies inspecting a jug handle.

Next on the list were two primary schools, Our lady Of Lourdes on the Antrim road and Malvern Primary School off the lower Shankill Road. Both schools  really engaged with the workshops, asking fantastic insightful questions and had great fun interacting with the artefacts we brought along to show them.

Children of Malvern Primary School getting their hands on history.

Gavin Donaghy (IAC) with the children of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School discussing 17th century artefacts

We'd like to thank both schools for inviting us to come along and teach the children about the history of the Plantation. In particular, we would like to thank the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Mr Merrick, and the acting principal of Malvern Primary School, Ms Barber, for all of their help.

We'll be continuing our workshops in North Belfast and Carrickfergus for the rest of this month, so stay tuned for more updates.

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