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A Child-Friendly Heritage Experience at Carlingford Heritage Centre

A Child-Friendly Heritage Experience at Carlingford Heritage Centre

Megan Woods
Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust

This project seeks to document how we have striven to make the visitor experience at Carlingford Heritage Centre in Co. Louth more child-friendly. Inspired by our colourful stained glass window, and assisted by a local artist, we developed artwork materials for local schoolchildren who were visiting Carlingford Heritage Centre and King John's Castle on their school tour (constrained to local attractions by COVID-19 restrictions). Following the success of this, we decided to have a more permanent opportunity for children to engage in heritage at our Centre.

Thus, we developed an art station allowing younger visitors to participate through the kinetic experience of the artwork, i.e. tracing and colouring, in order to raise their interest and awareness of the medieval architecture of the town of Carlingford. A further outcome for Carlingford Heritage Centre is a continuously evolving display of artwork.

A Child-Friendly Heritage Experience at Carlingford Heritage Centre

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