The Explore Your Local Heritage Competition is a creative collaboration of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum and kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and Kerry County Council. The online competition invites all primary schools in Kerry to explore your local heritage and share their discoveries.

We are calling on all pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of the immediate locality. The project can be about any aspect of local heritage that interests you, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. Ideally, each school will include examples of the built, natural and cultural heritage.

The project will culminate in an online exhibition featuring all entries. A panel of adjudicators will judge the competition entries and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a voucher for a complementary visit to Kerry County Museum as well as a prize for the school.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an expression of interest (see form below) by sending the completed form to by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest, earlier submissions are more than welcome.


Project support:

Once we have received expressions of interest, we will send participating schools an information pack and we will hold an information session to discuss the project in detail. We will be available throughout the project duration to answer questions and for general guidance.

Project categories:

Your project can include pupils’ creative writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, arts & crafts, drama, music and LEGO projects as well as old photographs, letters, medals, newspaper clippings, oral history recordings and other artefacts and memorabilia that could help to document and illustrate your local heritage. Each school can either enter a joint school project representing as many pupils of the school as possible [especially in the case of smaller schools] or two separate projects from pupils aged 4-7 and 8-12 years.

Competition rules:

  • Each entry must be the original, creative work of the entering school
  • While Covid 19 restriction are in place, each entry must be submitted online via PDF (and mp3/mp4 file if oral history or music/drama is included)
  • Judging will be based on three criteria: Depth of exploration of local heritage, interpretation of themes and artistic merits
  • The theme of the competition is on local heritage with your school as focal point. Each project entry should be accompanied by
  • Name and address of the school
  • Contact name and number of a designated teacher
  • Number and ages of involved pupils
  • A descriptive paragraph detailing different aspects of the project, why it was chosen and what special meaning it may have

Closing date: The closing date for project submissions is Friday 2nd April 2021 at the latest, earlier submissions are more than welcome.



Expressions of Interest: Explore your Local Heritage Competition 

School name:

School Address:


School phone number:

School website:


Name of Principal:

Name of designated project contact:

Position of designated project contact:

Email of designated project contact:

Mobile phone number of designated project contact:


Preferred way of being contacted about the project:

     Email                     ⃝     School phone number    ⃝     Mobile number


Do you already know if multiple classes will participate?

⃝     Yes                         ⃝     No                          ⃝    To be decided at a later stage


If Yes, what class(es) will participate:


GDPR: Please note that new data protection legislation provides for additional requirements in relation to retention of personal data. Currently, your contact information in form of a digital expression of interest form will be retained by project managers Claudia Köhler (Kerry County Museum) and Victoria McCarthy (Kerry County Council) until the project is completed. We will never share your personal data externally or maintain an electronic database.