Learning

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Welcome to the learning section of the website where teachers and group leaders can find out more about the Museum’s varied education programmes.

School Programmes

Our schools’ programmes are designed to bring heritage to life for pupils and enable them to engage in active exploration of the world around them.

Our primary school active learning sessions have been planned to meet the needs of the revised curriculum and the learning areas of:

  • Language and Literacy
  • The World Around Us
  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
  • The Arts

Our programmes will provide learning experiences that are:

  • investigatory and problem solving
  • active and hands-on
  • challenging and engaging
  • cross-curricular
  • enquiry based
  • relevant, enjoyable and varied

How to Book Visits

Contact the Community Education Manager, linda.mckenna@downdc.gov.uk, or telephone 028 4461 5218, to book visits, discuss your group’s needs or to obtain an education pack and booking forms.

A school lunch room is available for lunches and breaks.

Guide led visits cost £1.50 per pupil. Accompanying teachers are admitted free. General, teacher led visits to the museum are free of charge.

Community Education Programmes

Down County Museum is an ideal venue for a visit by community groups, clubs and societies. Our permanent exhibition, Down Through Time, explores the history of County Down from earliest times to today and provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the County. In addition, every year the Museum has a number of special, changing exhibitions displaying objects from our varied collections. Groups can also explore the history of the old Gaol and find out more about crime and punishment in the past.

Guided Tours for Groups

We provide a number of guided tours available for groups to pre-book:

  • Guided tour of the Museum and old Gaol
  • Walking tour of Downpatrick
  • Bus tour of sites of the 1798 rebellion
  • Bus tour of Lecale
  • Bus tour of Early Christian sites in Lecale

Other Facilities for Groups

  • The Museum shop sells a wide range of local crafts and souvenirs.
  • Groups may also be interested in booking our conference room for functions or meetings. Contact us for more details.

How to Book Visits

Contact the Community Education Manager, linda.mckenna@downdc.gov.uk, or telephone 028 4461 5218, to book visits, discuss your group’s needs or to obtain an education pack and booking forms.