Imagine that a hundred years from now archaeologists discover a collection of objects we left behind. What would these objects reveal about us? Objects can tell the story of who we are both as individuals and as a group. In this project children will explore what everyday objects reveal about our cultural identity. Children will discover how a single object can reveal fascinating stories and pieces of history.
to develop observational drawing skills, to reflect on importance and/ or significance of everyday objects.
3 lessons, 1 hour each
- History: familial histories, archaeology.
Paper, pencils, A4 drawing paper, black markers or pens, A3 paper, A3 recycled cartridge paper
Lesson 3: Water-based block printing ink, flat tray, rollers, A4 paper, plastic Sheet size A4 , pencil
Tips: Activity for the entire school: Display some of our History
- Ask your class to bring in any old items they have in their homes, such as traditional dress, old cooking utensils, tools, masks, toys, pots etc. By looking at a variety of old objects we can develop some sense of life in the past. Display the objects in school. Ask other classes, parents, grandparents to visit your exhibition. You could find out more about some of the artefacts from your visitors.
A History of Ireland in 100 objects
- On this website you can explore Ireland’s fascinating history through a selection of a hundred wonderful objects. Curriculumlinked primary and post-primary education resources are available on the website which include videos, worksheets and interactive activities.
- National Treasures is a crowd funded archive of objects that represent Ireland cultural heritage over the past 100 years.