A School Visit to the Medieval Capital of Ulster
At Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, we are aware that we are the current custodians of the unique heritage of this site. The aims of our Schools’ Heritage Education Programme reflect this approach as we endeavour:
• To inform and to encourage learning about the historical significance of the Hill of The O’Neill and its inhabitants by offering a wide-ranging and appropriate programme of heritage education activities to schools and colleges
• To support schools and colleges in their study of local history
• To offer heritage outreach programmes and activities to schools and colleges
Details of the entire programme can be found in our Heritage Education for Schools and Colleges Guide (see 2018-19 programme).
Award Winning Heritage Education
The quality of our Heritage Education Programme has been recognised as it has received two awards:
• A Sandford Award
• A Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
The Sandford Award recognises this centre’s outstanding contribution to heritage education and learning within the historic environment:
“The good experience that schools have in attending Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is a triumph of organisation and a testament to the Education Officer and managers.”
Sandford Award Winner, Judge’s Report.
The awarding of the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge demonstrates that our Heritage Education Programme has passed a robust assessment designed to ensure that it is meeting schools' learning and risk management needs.
For more information, or to make a booking,
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Reception at Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre
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Our prices are:
£2 per pupil/£50 per class of 30 pupils.
School staff: free.
Heritage Education Programme
• Words on the Hill: The historical events, characters and stories connected to the Hill of The O’Neill are used as stimuli to encourage children’s creative writing in workshops with a professional writer. (KS2/3)
• History on the Hill with its blend of guided educational tours and drama, deals with the period 1590 to 1622. It makes use of the permanent exhibition and the Hill of The O’Neill. This activity is facilitated by a living history company and the Education Officer. (KS1/2)
• Create a Castle! KS1 children begin to understand historical facts and persons relating to this site and explore the Hill of The O’Neill with the assistance of the Education Officer. They then create their own castles from recycled materials. An artist facilitates the castle construction.
• A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House: a series of educational activities that draw on the Victorian background of Ranfurly House, so that children can learn about the traditions, games and artwork of the Victorian Christmas. These activities are facilitated by a living history company and an artist. (KS1/2/3)
• The Workhouse: A World Book Day Event offered jointly with Dungannon Library, uses as its stimulus the novel “Under the Hawthorn Tree”. In the library pupils carry out an investigation into Dungannon Workhouse. They then take part in living history, being admitted to the workhouse. The latter part of the activity is facilitated by a living history company. (KS2)
• Discovering Our Past is facilitated by a team of archaeologists from Queen’s University, Belfast. Pupils learn how archaeologists find out about the past, take part in archaeological exercises, while discerning the historical significance of the Hill of The O’Neill (KS2/3)
• Plantation of Ulster Study Visits: Year 9 pupils participate in class visits to our permanent exhibition and then take part in a guided tour of the Hill of The O’Neill. The pupils are provided with specially created resource booklets. These visits are led by the Education Officer.
• Dungannon: Where I Live – an exploration of the local built environment and heritage of Dungannon town. Suitable for KS2 pupils.
• Victorian Dungannon – a living history activity in which KS2 pupils can learn about Victorian Dungannon and the lives of children from that era, whilst also participating in a Victorian lesson.
• Northern Ireland Forest Schools Awards – a six week outdoor environmental programme, based at Hill of The O’Neill Heritage Park, led by Brian Poots from NIFSA. Suitable for KS1/2 pupils.