Guided tours of the Moneypenny’s Lockhouse can be provided all year round by Craigavon Museum staff and themes covered include: Construction of the canal • Transport in the past • Life on the canal and its role in the growth of Portadown
Please note that there is a charge for guided tours.
Criagavon Museum Services also have a variety of themed loan boxes available for hire for a two-week period. Each box contains original and replica objects from the Museum’s handling collection and a folder of suggested activities. They are ideal for hands-on classroom learning, reminiscence projects, residential homes and community groups. Loan Boxes available include: School and Childhood Toys and Games World War 1: A Soldier’s Life World War 2: 1940s Homes in the Past At Work High days and Holidays In Style In Good Health Smells
Craigavon Museum Services also delivers a range of outreach programmes in the classroom. Programmes currently available include:
World War 1: A Soldier’s Life KS2
An eye-opening lesson which provides an insight into the life of a soldier during World War 1. Through artefact handling and role play, children will experience the recruitment test soldiers had to pass to join the army, the training they underwent and the horrific conditions of trench warfare. The importance of nurses and medicine are also examined. A ‘World War 1’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.
World War 2: Life On The Home Front KS2
In this interactive lesson children are brought back in time to experience life on the Home Front during World War 2. Through the use of objects and role play, children will learn about life in the local area during the war, with air raids, evacuation, rationing and civil defence all covered. A ‘1940s’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.
Toys And Games Foundation/KS1
In this hands-on lesson children are allowed to handle and play with a range of vintage wooden, tin and clockwork toys. Throughout the lesson children are encouraged to think about the differences between old and modern toys. This lesson finishes with an old fashioned magic lantern show. A ‘Toys and Games’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.
The Archaeology Of Early Settlers KS2
How do we know about the past? In this lesson we reconstruct the life of the early settlers of the stone-age from the remains they have left behind. Through a series of practical workshops children will find out about archaeology, the lives of the hunter gatherers of the Mesolithic and the introduction of farming during the Neolithic. The Museum continually adds to its outreach programme. Currently an outreach lesson on the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 in the local area is being developed. Please note a charge applies for all outreach sessions.