ARMA Calligraphy programme

Welcome to the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages (ARMA) curriculum linked teaching and learning resources for schools. These harness medieval digital collections from the Hunt Museum and Limerick Museum and manuscripts available through Europeana Foundation

The ARMA programme aims to explore how reading culture evolved in the Middle Ages and became a fundamental aspect of European culture. The main objectives of this programme is to digitise up to 20,000 medieval manuscripts (c. 500 and c. 1500) and make them accessible online for anyone to use copyright free.  Critically the programme will also unlock the educational potential of these digital collections by producing an online exhibition, blogs and other editorials and teaching and learning resources.

ARMA curriculum linked teaching and learning resources for primary and post primary will be gradually added to this section of the Hunt Museum’s website.

Primary School ARMA Educational Resources

Resource 1: Calligraphy in the Middle Ages

Suitability: 4th to 6th classes

Manuscript leaf from a Book of Pericopes/Animal,Skin,Mammal skin,Parchment,Vellum/12th century AD/The Hunt Collection/PD

Manuscript leaf from a Book of Pericopes/Animal,Skin,Mammal skin,Parchment,Vellum/12th century AD/The Hunt Collection/PD

Visual Art

  • Strand – Drawing
  • Strand Unit- Making Drawings



  • Strand: Life, Society, Work & Culture
  • Strand Unit: Life in Medieval town & countryside

Teaching Materials

Today it is easy and quick to record and disseminate information, but in the Middle Ages this process was slow and laborious. All books known as manuscripts were copied by hand using a decorative style of script known as calligraphy.

These teaching materials will enable primary school children to learn about the process and history of calligraphy by comparing and contrasting manuscript examples from Europeana’s collections and historical objects from Limerick Museum and the Hunt Museum associated with the practice of calligraphy. The children will then fashion a calligraphy pen and use it to create their own piece of calligraphy.

With thanks to:

Communities of Culture Loan Box

For Primary Schools.

The Hunt Museum offers a range of different loan boxes containing an array of handling material, and activity resources, that can bring the past to life in the classroom.

Choice of two loan boxes to choose from – the Northside loan box and/or the Southside loan box. Created by local community groups with activities and workshops relating to the culture and heritage in these areas.

800 Years of Fashion Workshop

Duration: 60mins
€3.50 euro per student. Teachers go free!

In this workshop, students will learn about clothing from eight different periods (between 1200 and 1920), and these societies. These resources, and objects in the permanent collection, will be used as historical evidence to better understand the evolution of fashion over time, and how these shifts in style relate to changes in society.



  • Strand 1: The Nature of History
  • Strand 2: The history of Ireland
  • Strand 3: The history of Europe and the wider world

Animal Hunt Online Programme

This 20 minute video workshop introduces Primary School students to animal based collections at the Hunt Museum. Students learn how artists throughout history have depicted animals in their art, and why certain animals are important to different cultures. Students will be introduced to the online research tools that will help them complete the Animal Hunt 3D online activity.


  • Strand: Early people and ancient societies


  • Strand: Drawing
  • Strand: Making & constructing
  • Strand: Looking & Observing

Life in the Bronze Age

For 3rd and 4th Classes
Cost: 3.50 per pupil, teachers go free!
Duration: 60 mins

Created by American illustrator Ingrid Hess, this exhibition is an exciting opportunity for students to thematically explore the objects, and practices, of the Bronze Age in Ireland.

A Primary School workshop is also available. In this workshop, students can investigate the Bronze Age collections on display in the Hunt Museum.

When students handle replica artefacts, inquiry led learning is supported alongside trying out some simple prehistoric technologies.


  • Working as a historian
  • Early People and Ancient Societies
  • Community and change over time
  • Local studies

Visual Arts

  • Drawing & constructing


  • Materials


  • Human Environments

The Three Muses

An innovative schools programme from the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum, and Limerick CIty Gallery of Art, focussing on modern and contemporary visual art.

Duration: 60 mins

The Three Muses: Exploring art and identity is a programme for Primary School students designed to increase access, ownership, and enjoyment of the collections of three museums in Limerick city.

Participating school groups will enjoy a full day at the museum of workshops, and avail of activity packs to extend their learning.

Visual Art

  • Paint and Colour: Looking and responding; Making
  • Clay: Looking and responding; Making
  • Print: Looking & responding; Making


  • Strand: Local Studies
  • Strand: Working as a historian
  • Strand: Life, society, and culture in the past
  • Strand: Continuity and change over time

Viking Handling Session

Suitable for 1st – 6th class
€3.50 per pupil, teachers go free!

This workshop is all about Limerick City’s Viking past. Students can examine replica objects such as clothing, tools, and engage in traditional games. Included is a tour of the museum, with specific focus on Viking elements and activity workbooks to support a curriculum-linked learning experience. These workbooks can be tailored to suit each age group.
Online programme also available.

Loan box:

This is also available as a loan box.

The Hunt Museum offers a range of different loan boxes containing an array of handling material, and activity resources, that can bring the past to life in the classroom.

Contains artifacts relating to Ireland’s Viking age, and the role of the Norsemen in Limerick.

Cost: 30 euro plus VAT for 10 days.


  • Strand: Drawing & Constructing
  • Strand: Looking & Responding


  • Strand: Stories
  • Strand: Early People & Ancient Societies
  • Strand: Change & Continuity
  • Strand: Working as a Historian
  • Strand: Local Studies

To book email or call:





Online programme also available: 

Find it here.

All about the Hunt

What exactly is a museum? What is displayed in a museum? What can objects tell us about people from the past? What can we learn from art?

Suitable for 1st & 2nd Class
Duration: 60 mins
3.50 per pupil, teachers go free!

Students are introduced to highlights from the collection in a fun and accessible way. They can develop their observation skills through problem-solving, investigation, drawing, and discussion. As well as exploring aspects of art such as shape, line, colour, and texture, children will look at simple historical concepts, such as evidence.

Visual Arts

  • Drawing
  • Looking & Responding


  • Working as a Historian
  • Stories


Viking Online Programme for Primary Schools

Through this programme, students will explore life in Viking Ireland and create some Viking art along the way! It is a digital programme designed for 3rd and 4th class students, consisting of short animations, a virtual handling session and printable activity books. The aim is to provide students with a better understanding of Viking history in Ireland.

Video & worksheet

Students will use both original and replica Viking objects from the Hunt Museum’s Permanent Collection to learn more about their lives.

Watch the video for more information:

Visual Arts

  • Strands: Drawing; Constructing; Looking & Responding


  • Strand: Stories;
  • Strand: Early People & Ancient Societies;
  • Strand: Local Studies;
  • Strand: Change & Continuity;
  • Strand: Working as a Historian

This is also available as an onsite programme.

Find it here.

Play The Three Muses

Discover the art collections of three museums in Limerick City with this interactive game. Put your memory to the test with Limerick lace, create a colourful fruit poster, paint a Paul Henry skyline, or try your knowledge with a quiz!

This project is brought to you by The Three Muses, a joint education initiative between The Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art. The Three Muses is supported by Limerick City and County Council and Friends of the Hunt Museum.

Curricular Links:

  • History
  • Visual Art

Play the three muses

Three Muses game title