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.

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Virtual Museums Workshop

Discover art and objects in our new Virtual Museum Workshops for schools. Participants explore and interact with virtual galleries filled with 3D objects and images from three Limerick museum collections. Participants practise analytic, creative and digital skills while they work together to create their own museum galleries and discover the role of the museum to educate and inspire.

This workshop takes place on the free online platform Mozilla Hubs and requires no software downloads or sign up. To participate you’ll need a device (mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop PC) and a strong WIFI connection.

Not sure what this is all about? Read our Frequently Asked Questions here:

For further information, and to book a free Virtual Museum Workshop for your school or group, please contact:

This workshop 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.

Collection & Exhibition Tours

Collection and Exhibition tours for those in Higher Education.

The Hunt Museum offers discounted, engaging guided gallery visits of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for classes from FE colleges and universities.

These seminar-style discussions are led by Museum staff and can be specifically designed to enhance professors’ curricula. Through close observation and guided discussion, students explore art, history, world cultures or museology.

Opportunities are also available to develop collaborative projects culminating in online and gallery-based exhibitions and installations.

For more information please contact Maria Cagney, Curator of Education and Outreach.

Reading 20th Century Art

Relevant to Senior Cycle
Duration: 60mins
€3.50 per student, teachers go free!

These tours will aid Senior Cycle students in their completion of Section 1 and 2 of the Art History and Appreciation written paper.

Choose from:

  • 20th Century Art in Ireland or Bronze Age artworks
  • European Art
  • Art in Ireland and Europe in the 20th Century

Viking Post Primary Online Programme

This digital programme will teach Post Primary Junior Cycle students all about the Vikings. 

Through short animations, a virtual handling session, and a printable workbook (featuring art activities and research topics) students will gain a greater understanding of Viking culture and their impact on Ireland. Students will use both replica and authentic Viking artefacts from the Hunt Museum Permanent Collection as a means to learn more about their lives.

Visual Art:

  • Strand – Art (Element: Critical and visual language, 1.1, 1.2 ; Element: Visual Culture and Appreciation, 1.8)


  • Strand – Developing Historical Consciousness – History of Ireland


  • Strand – Exploring People, Places, and Change

Hieronymus Bosch Loan Box

Transition Year and Senior Cycle students

This Loan Box will provide the tools for students to participate in an immersive 3D Virtual Reality experience of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.

Through virtual reality, accompanying lesson plans, discussion topics, and art-based activities, students will learn to critically analyse the Bosch artwork in the context of the Northern Renaissance period.

Included in the loan box is:

  • 2 x Pico Virtual Reality Headsets
  • Digital copy of instructions
  • Digital copy of classroom resources

Visual Art

  • Create Strand (Making, Process, Contextual Enquiries)
  • Research Strand (Looking, Experimenting and Interpretation, Contextual Enquiries)
  • Respond Strand (Analysis, Impact, and Value)


€30 plus VAT for 10 days

Exhibition Layout and Design Online

This programme will introduce students to the philosophy behind the layout and design of the Hunt Museum’s Permanent Collection. On this page, you will find a series of video-based tours, aimed at Senior Cycle Visual Art students, and PDF revision notes.

Download all revision notes

Virtual Museum Workshop

Looking to enhance your students’ experience? Upgrade with our Layout and Design package.

  • Virtual museum workshop for €35 per class
    Students will:
    Interact with virtual galleries & 3D objects from the Hunt Museum
    Use analytic, creative, and digital skills
  • Q&A with a museum professional €25 per class
    Students will:
    Have their questions about the Hunt Museum Layout & Design answered by professionals

Visual Art: Section III: General Appreciation of Art “Visiting a Museum or Gallery” written question.


Image Bank for Teachers

We have four series of images available for download: The Captains Room; Early Christian Ireland; Prehistoric Ireland; and Treasury.

Costume Design for Junior Cycle

With this resource, Junior Cycle students can learn about the techniques and processes used to create realistic costumes for film and TV. Students will be taken on a virtual tour of the Best Costume Goes To… exhibition. Students will research clothing from the Viking, Tudor, and Georgian periods using Hunt Museum resources, and design an accessory for a costume from a historical production.

The video below will get you started in the process of researching and designing an accessory for a costume inspired by the Best Costume Goes To… exhibition.

Visual Art:

  • Design Strand


  • Strand 1: Working with evidence
  • Strand 2: Exploring people, cultures, and ideas

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

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