Launch of Schools Resources by Wicklow County Council

Wicklow County Council Archives and Local Studies services have launched two sets of resources for secondary school teachers and students. These practical and comprehensive resources are designed for both Junior and Senior Cycle levels.

The local studies resource focuses on the junior cycle history Class Based Assessment or CBA while the archives resource supports the Leaving Certificate history Research Study Report, or RSR as it is known. 

Both packs consist of guides to the collections of the Wicklow Archives and Local Studies services, guides to the CBA and RSR, as well as digital resources including worksheets, and Powerpoint presentations.

All resources can be found on and on the community archives website Our Wicklow Heritage, which is a collaboration between the heritage, archives and library services of Wicklow County Council and the National Museum of Ireland. 

The project was supported by the Heritage Council under their new Heritage Stewardship grant scheme and designed by Yellowstone. 

The Archives and Local Studies services are located in Wicklow Library in Wicklow town. They offer a rich resource for researchers of wide and varying interests – students, teachers, local and family historians, academic researchers and those interested in the story of County Wicklow, the history and development of the county, of local communities, and the authorities who served them.

Painting a vivid picture of life in our districts, the archives and local studies services play a key role in collecting, preserving, sharing and celebrating Wicklow’s Heritage through records collections, maps, photographs, newspapers and local history publications.

By developing these schools resources, the archivist and local studies librarian recognise that it is crucial to make their collections as accessible as possible to students.  They focus on the special projects of the Junior and Senior cycle curriculums and were developed in close consultation with history teachers.

Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council, said: “We are very proud of our Wicklow County Council Archives and Local Studies collections and I welcome this opportunity to promote these valuable cultural and educational resources to the teachers and students of County Wicklow.  Indeed we have been informed by the National Archives that we have one of the most extensive local authority collections in the country. 

“Engaging a younger audience in the study of local history will ensure this legacy continues.  A highly globalised world and time of rapid change can be a very challenging environment for young people.  I believe that history gives young people grounding, helps them understand what came before them, their place in the world and in their community – a ‘sense of place’ and a sense of identity.  Indeed, our younger historians provide us with a new perspective – we can learn so much from them too”.

Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, stated: “Our new National Library Strategy encourages us to work with local communities and partners to collect, explore, preserve and celebrate cultural memory, and to offer a range of cultural experiences.  I am confident that this educational pack will inspire our historians of tomorrow.  The teaching and study of history is alive and well in County Wicklow and I think the new resources offered by the archives and local studies services will serve this learning well into the future.”

This is the first in a series of outreach activities planned for the coming year.  Others will include school visits and workshops and the welcoming of school groups to Wicklow Library & Archives.

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