Online Kerry Secondary Schools Initiative: The Kerry Young Historian Award

Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and Kerry County Museum are delighted to announce a new online Education and Outreach project aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The Kerry Young Historian Award is an annual online initiative open to all Kerry secondary schools and all young people aged 12 to 19.

The purpose of the award is to encourage participants to research, write and present on a local history topic in a personal, interesting and critical way with a special focus on some of Kerry’s untold stories. The award aims to encourage and produce the historians of the future as well as engaging young people in local history, archaeology and heritage.

This collaborative initiative of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum is supported by The Education Centre Tralee, Kerry County Council and the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch.

Kerry Secondary Schools are asked to submit an expression of interest by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest, earlier submissions welcome.

Project Support:

Once we have received expressions of interest, we will supply an Internal Heat Support Pack with helpful hints for teachers and students, best practice guidelines, logos, example and Kerry Young Historian certificates. If your school would like to participate, please submit an expression of interest (see form below) by contacting K.A.H.S. Education Officers Victoria McCarthy and Claudia Köhler at youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com.

Internal School Heat:

Each participating school will need to hold an Internal School Heat to select a student speaker to represent your school. The Internal School Heat should take place between January and March 2021. We are looking for a PowerPoint presentation between 10-15 minutes long which students use to present their research. One speaker from each school who participated in the Internal School Heat can be entered for the Kerry Young Historian Award Final. Please note that the name of the speaker, the title of their talk and PowerPoint presentation will be required by Friday 26 March 2021, earlier nominations are welcome.

The Kerry Young Historian Award Final:

The chosen speaker from each school will be invited to attend the online Kerry Young Historian Award Final. The Final event will take place via Zoom at the end of April 2021. The winner of the Young Kerry Historian Award will receive a prize and a trophy for their school.

Benefits:

The benefits of participating in the Kerry Young Historian Award include developing effective public speaking and presentation skills, research and interpretation skills, knowledge and confidence, critical analysis and original thought. Students can also use their research towards CBA:1 The Past in My Place local history projects. Students awarded first, second and third prize will be given the opportunity to present their research and publish their findings. Participants can include the award on university applications and references.

 

Expressions of Interest: The Kerry Young Historian Award 2021 

School name:

School Address:

 

School phone number:

School website:

 

Name of Principal:

Name of designated History Teacher:

Email of designated History Teacher:

Mobile number of designated History Teacher:

 

Preferred way of being contacted about the project:

⃝     Email         ⃝      School phone number    ⃝     Mobile number

 

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.

 

Do you have any comments, queries or suggestions for us at this stage? Please let us know: youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com

 

 

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Online Kerry Primary Schools Competition: Explore Your Local Heritage

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 youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com 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.

 

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Kerry County Museum closed until further notice

Dear visitors, Kerry County Museum will be closed from Wednesday 7th October 2020 until further notice as directed by government guidelines. However, we are working behind closed doors and continue to create exciting events and exhibitions for when we open again. Meanwhile, why not check out our extensive online resources or contact us if you have any questions at 0667127777 or email info@kerrymuseum.ie.

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night 18 September: Online Trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas

Did you know that Kerry County Museum, Siamsa Tire and Samhlaiocht brought Culture Night to Kerry in 2009? Kerry’s first Culture Night “Dancing in the Street” brought more than 5000 people together on Denny Street to break the World Record for street dancing. For the past 11 years the Museum has hosted a wide range of cultural events in the Ashe Memorial Hall and we were delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors for our “Night at the Museum”.  This year, Culture Night is taking place on Friday 18 September and the Museum is celebrating the evening with an online trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas. Enjoy a collage of short sessions from previous years from the talented young musicians who have been performing at the Museum every year since 2012. For other Culture Night events in Kerry have a look at: culture night kerry events

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Gowns of Glory

Kerry County Museum in Tralee is hosting the exhibition which charts the changing styles over the decades and it’s an absolute must for anyone with an interest in fashion. The exhibition includes 30 dresses over six decades, from Alice O’Sullivan’s gown in 1959 to the present.

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

From Milltown’s First Farmers to Landed Gentry: the archaeology of the N70 Kilderry Bends Road Improvement Scheme in County Kerry

Between September 2017 and May 2018, along a mere 2 km length of the N70 road realignment on the outskirts of Milltown, Co. Kerry, archaeologists uncovered evidence of human activity spanning 5,600 years. This included a Neolithic flint arrowhead and stone bead, a Bronze Age fulacht fia, and the remains of a 19th-century cottage. Most significant perhaps was the part excavation of a trivallate ringfort, known as Lissaniska, which is one of the few sites in ireland to have yielded direct evidence of early medieval flax processing. These discoveries are presented in this multimedia Story Map produced by Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit Ltd on behalf of Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

 

Click here for story map  

 

Click here for video 

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Now open – Drawing the Landscape

Drawing the Landscape

In the 1850s a group of six men travelled around Kerry mapping the geological landscape in the county. Their work was part of the Geological Survey of Ireland’s ambitious project to produce a geological map of the entire country on a scale of one inch to one mile. The project took forty-two years to complete, starting in County Wexford in 1845 and finishing in County Donegal in 1887.

They used Ordnance Survey maps on the scale of six inches to the mile as a base, with the sheets quartered for ease of handling. Wielding a hammer, the geologist would expose a sliver of rock, examine it through a lens, record in pencil the location on the field map, and make notes and sketches in field notebooks. The information recorded would be inked in during the evening. Later, the data would be compiled and drawn onto a one-inch map.

Their work was primarily focused on rock formations, but, as this exhibition shows, some of the men were also talented artists, including decorative sketches and watercolours along with their notes on the maps.

This exhibition is organized by local geologist Gosia Shaikh-Horajska, founder of Kerry Geo Adventures, in partnership with Kerry County Museum and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

 

Drawings by George Victor Du Noyer, Frederick James Foot, William Hellier Baily, Joseph O’Kelly, Arthur Beavour Wynne, George Henry Kinahan

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Free Entry Thursday 30th July 2020

FREE ENTRY today as past of the Experience Kerry Kerry Tourism Open House Day – There will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation.

Click for details – PRE BOOKING required for some attractions: more info 

 

Pre BOOKING is NOT necessary but gallery capacity is limited. Queuing will be necessary if/when each gallery reaches its maximum capacity.

 

Opening Time: 9:30 am -5:00 pm – (last admission 4:00 pm)

 

 

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Pre booking is not required for your visit to Kerry County Museum.

Pre booking is not required for your visit to Kerry County Museum.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff are of paramount importance so therefore here are some steps we are taking to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:
•Visitor safety guidelines are in place.
•Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
•Physical distancing provisions are in place.
•We have further increased our rigorous cleaning regimes.
•Hand sanitizing stations are available for visitors and staff.
•Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags.
By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

We’re Back! Opening the 2nd July

🎉🎉We’re Back!🎊🎊

We can’t wait to open the doors to all our wonderful visitors on Thursday 2nd of July.

New opening hours

Tuesday -Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost –Adults €6  Child -Free

The health and safety of our visitors and staff are of paramount importance so therefore here are some steps we are taking to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • Visitor safety guidelines are in place.
  • Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing provisions are in place.
  • We have further increased our rigorous cleaning regimes.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.
  • Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags.

 

If you have any further questions regarding your visit please call us on +353 (0)66 71-27777

 

 

 

 

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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