An eighteenth-century library full of history, ancient volumes with curious contents, fascinating exhibitions all year round, stories of famous readers and writers, minifigures for children to seek, a hidden courtyard garden, and perhaps a resident ghost…
General Tour (Approx. time 20-30 mins)
The tour for Primary schools includes a brief history of Marsh’s and a look at the points of interest in the library as we move through the old reading room and the two galleries. Taking note of the portraits of famous figures from Marsh’s past, spotting the bullet holes that remain in books from the time of the Easter Rising, and then on to the cages where readers were locked in to stop them from stealing the books!
WHY NOT INCLUDE:
The LEGO® minifigures Hunt (Add 15 mins)
Our exhibition ‘Hunting Stolen Books’ (2017) has been the stimulus for our LEGO® minifigures Book Thief Hunt which includes 12 historical minifigure characters from the library’s past. This is a great introduction to the history of the library and to people such as Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, an Egyptian mummy, to name but a few!
Scary (and Hairy) Comic Images (Add 15 mins)
Our Scary (& Hairy) Tales from Marsh’s Library comic book publication, which tells of stories of a perhaps more macabre nature and may appeal to your students imagination, please see the link and online version of the comic here.
Practical Workshop (Add 1 hour)
We invite the children to have a go at simple block printing, paper folding or simple bookmaking. We can offer a varied choice of workshops which can be seen in the teachers resources page.
Every year we take part in Engineers Week (Feb/March), Maths Week (October) and Science Week (November). These prove to be very popular and schools return each year, so do look out for our events announcements via our own website and social media.
*PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS TO THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT TO SEE HOW WE CAN ACCOMMODATE WHEELCHAIR USERS AND STUDENTS WITH MOBILITY NEEDS*
We are happy to make the wealth of first hand resources we have contained in the collections within Marsh’s Library accessible for course leaders, teachers and students. Our books and manuscripts have great potential in complimenting the learning taking place in school, particularly for the Junior and Leaving certificate year groups. We welcome teachers and course leaders to make requests for topics to cater for their learning objectives.
This will include a guided tour of the library and we can collate digital images and extracts from our books and manuscripts focusing on a particular subject or topic to meet your curriculum needs. We, for example, have a rich collection of texts relating to many topics in the history curriculum, including: the Reformation, the Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery, and the Easter Rising.
The online catalogue might give you ideas. Please feel free to contact us to arrange a special visit tailored to your requirements.
We always welcome feedback from your time in the library, so if you could complete an online evaluation form, email addresses will not be recorded so it will be completely anonymous. All comments will be gratefully received. This is to ensure we improve and refine our visitor experience. Thank you.
What else can you see and do?
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Here is a great virtual tour from the Schools Officer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Epic The Irish Immigration Museum
Please contact: Julie Burke (Education/Outreach Officer)