Chester Beatty Library Workshop in Dublin, February 3rd 2018


A workshop to disseminate and share resources took place in the Chester Beatty Library on the 3rd Feb. The five strands were explored under task headings such as “Clothing and Assumptions”, “Icons, Attention and Acceptance”, “The Ordinary and the Everyday” and Moments of Stuckness and Perplexity. The day was a huge success and will have an immediate impact as educations take their learnings directly back to the classroom and incorporate in to curriculum planning.

Thank You to all who participated in our recent Training Day workshops

At the Chester Beatty Library workshop participants looked at everyday rituals, philosophy for children and moments of Stuckness and Perplexity in their lives as educators.  Engagement with the library’s Papyrus collection, in particular the Book of Comings and Goings, gave rise to explorations of rituals around the Egyptian gods, everyday life, mummification, weighing the heart, and the theme of life and death. Participants looked at everyday rituals, philosophy for children and moments of Stuckness and Perplexity in their lives as educators.  Engagement with the library’s Papyrus collection, in particular the Book of Comings and Goings, gave rise to explorations of rituals around the Egyptian gods, everyday life, mummification, weighing the heart, and the theme of life and death.

Thank you to all those that joined us at both workshops. Here are two videos that capture some of the highlights of of the day!


​Enquiring Classroom workshops exploring complex lived values, philosophical ideas and beliefs, took place in the Hunt Museum, Limerick (Saturday May 13th, 2017) and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (Saturday May 27th). Dr Patricia Kieran (MIC) and Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University) and the Mary immaculate college Research and Graduate School team would like to extend their appreciation to all those who attended and expressed interest in our recent workshops as part of our Erasmus+ funded project ‘The Enquiring Classroom’. Each event brought together a wide range of individuals including primary and secondary school teachers, university lecturers, museum curators etc. and furnished each participant with a skillset to bring the exploration of beliefs and religious values into a classroom environment. Learning during the workshops has been a two way street and on behalf of all the project partners thank you for your input. Here are some pics of the day and we will continue to update our online platforms with more resources. 

Hunt Museum Workshop, April 28th 2018

On Saturday April 28th in the Hunt Museum, Dr. Patricia Kieran and Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell from the Enquiring Classroom led a day long Workshop on the theme of Exploring Values, Beliefs, Identity and Belonging. 

This day long workshop attracted participants from many disciplines and locations within Ireland and included sessions on Pockets and Poetry: Discovering the Museum. 

In the morning there were guided tours of the museum focusing on the Human Figure in the Hunt collection. An interactive workshop on 800 Years of Fashion involved a sensory exploration of fabric and fashion, reflecting on the symbolic nature of clothing and fashion and its capacity to convey cultural values and embody complex belief traditions. 

A workshop on everyday rituals explored gestures, movement and moments that convey meaning. Afternoon workshops included a workshop on Saturnalia, a Boal exercise, the exploration of lived values and moments of Stuckness and Perplexity.