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Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016

A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House

Ranfurly House was built in 1854 as the Dungannon branch of The Belfast Banking Company.  The building was designed by Lanyon and Lynn, the firm of architects which designed the main buildings for Queen's University in Belfast in 1847.  Ranfurly House is truly a Victorian building, and what better way of celebrating the festive season than using this building's heritage to explore some of the traditions of Christmas from over 100 years ago?

A series of Heritage Education events is on offer for children aged 4 to 14:

Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December:  Old Time Toys

Also Monday 21st , Tuesday 22nd,  Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016

Two one hour sessions, at 10.00am and at 11.15am, in which Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils will have the opportunity to find out about, and to play with, toys from the past, such as skittles, spinning tops and hoop-la.  (Facilitated by Time Steps Living History)

 Curriculum Links
The World Around Us:  History 
TS and PC:  Working with Others; Being Creative 
Statutory Requirements:  Change Over Time 

Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December : Victorian Christmas Art  

Two one and a half hour art sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, facilitated by the artist Hazel Boland, who will show children how to create pieces of Victorian Christmas art.  Each child will leave with a new decoration for the Christmas tree!  Suitable for KS2/KS3 pupils.

 Curriculum Links
The World Around Us:  History (KS2) 
Environment and Society - History (KS3); The Arts (KS2/3) 
TS and PC:  Being Creative; Working With Others
KS2 Statutory Requirements:  Change Over Time; Place

Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December:  Victorian Christmas Customs

Two one hour sessions of living history, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, (except for Wednesday when there will be one afternoon session) in which the housekeeper of Northland House from 1895 will talk about and demonstrate the customs and traditions associated with a Victorian Christmas.  (Facilitated by Time Steps Living History)
• Suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils

 Curriculum Links
 The World Around Us:  History
 TS and PC: Being Creative
 KS2 Statutory Requirements:  Change Over Time; Place

Cost of all of the above programmes:

  • £2 per pupil/£50 per class of up to 30 pupils
  • School staff:  free

For more details of any of the above programmes, contact the Education Officer, Peter Lant, at 028 8772 8600, or by email at peter.lant@midulstercouncil.org  

To make a booking, contact Ranfurly House Receptionranfurly@midulstercouncil.org telephone 028 8772 8600. 

Heritage Education Programme


Monday 1st Oct - 5th October 2018
Words on the Hill (National Poetry Day 4th October)
1 x 2.5 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am.

(KS2/3)


Monday 8th Oct - 15th October 2018
History on the Hill
1 x 2.5 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am.
(KS1/2)


Northern Ireland Forest School Awards
Term 1 & Term 2


19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2018
also 3rd, 4th, 5th December 2018

A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House - Old Time Toys
2 x 1 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am and 11.15am.
(P1 & P2)


Monday 3rd - Friday 8th December 2018
A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House - Victorian Christmas Art
2 x 1.5 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am and 12.30pm. *Morning sessions only on 3rd & 4th
(KS2 & KS3)


Monday 3rd - Friday 8th December 2018
A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House - Victorian Christmas Customs
2 x 1 hour session each day beginning at 10.00am and 1.00pm. * Afternoon sessions only on 3rd - 5th
(KS2 & KS3)


Monday 4th - Friday 8th February 2019
Words on the Hill
1 x 2.5 hour sessions each day beginning at 10.00am
(KS2 & KS3)


Monday 4th - Friday 8th March 2019
Monday 11th - Friday 15th March 2019

World Boob Day Events: The Workhouse
1 x 2 hour sessions each day beginning at 10.00am
(KS2 & KS3)


Monday 1st - Friday 5th April 2019
Monday 8th - Friday 12th April 2019

Create a Castle!
1 x 2.5 hour sessions each day beginning at 10.00am
(P3 & P4)


Monday 13th - Friday 17th May 2019
Victorian Dungannon
2 x 2 hour sessions each day beginning at 10.00am & 12.30pm
(KS2)


Monday 13th - Friday 17th May 2019
Discovering Our Past:
an introduction to archaeology for school pupils led by archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast
2 x 2 hour sessions each day beginning at 10.00am & 12.30pm
(KS2 & KS3)


When Requested
Dungannon - Where I Live:
a study of Dungannon's built heritage
(KS2)