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Curriculum-linked primary and post-primary lesson plans based on A history of Ireland in 100 objects

06 October 2020

These teaching resources have been designed to be both stimulating to students and integral to the relevant school curriculum.

A history of Ireland in 100 objects, by Fintan O’Toole, takes a wide selection of objects and explores their significance in shaping Ireland. Photographs are accompanied by a concise and insightful story that shows the social, political and artistic vitality of each object, beginning with Mesolithic Ireland and ending in modern times.

A series of lesson plans, catering for both primary and post-primary students, has been designed to support cross-curricular learning and to help schools promote the development of the arts and raise awareness of cultural heritage.

Each of the objects featuring in our educational programme offers a selection of resources that includes some or all of the following: multi-media content, downloadable worksheets, lessons plans and quizzes. The material has been double-blind reviewed by academics and teachers, and piloted in five schools.

A history of Ireland in 100 objects is one of the many educational resources developed by the Royal Irish Academy. You can explore the full range on our dedicated page.

About the book:
A history of Ireland in 100 objects was inspired by a series in The Irish Times by columnist, writer and literary editor Fintan O’Toole, who also writes the robust introduction to the book. The book was published in 2013 and has just been reprinted. Copies can be purchased from our webshop. The book is also available on JSTOR. For more information, institutions can visit Books at JSTOR or contact

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