What Irish living history people do school events ?

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What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby the_power on Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:05 am

Guys, I've had a few queries of late asking do people do school shows. Some want to pay, some don't. I got roped into doing a school show this week, and I really really don't have time for it.

So, I thought it might be useful if the website had a contact sheet for such groups; could you email me (or post here) the following;

Contact name/number/email
Group name/Company name
History periods covered
Is this a full-time job for you, or part time (would indicate availability)
Number of people you could bring to the school (most just want one or two)
Some idea of cost (€2 per child, or €2�per presenter, travel charges - maybe per hour?), assuming everything is negotiable
Photo of previous work, if possible

If you know people that do this work, but may not be members of the website, can you send this onto them ? We may be able to get this list sent out to teachers via the dept. of education in future, with some details on how they can get funding from the dept. of education for it.w

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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby Na Fianna Éireann on Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:26 am

We in KGK do school events we do so free of charge and we have been properly vetted in accordance with child protection policies which is common practise here in the North of Ireland. I find these particular school events enjoyable as the children are very inquistive and positive in their attitudes. For any one considering doing events like these I wish you well in your endeavours, John has made some very salient points here and many thanks in doing so.
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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby knightofredemption on Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:38 pm

Just in the process of putting together package ready for next September, will give you the details in a few weeks.

Good idea by the way :D
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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby tommyargue on Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:06 pm

I do school lectures and displays. I call my programmes "Hands on History". I cover from the Vikings upto WW2. My display is quite large but I don't have any pictures of classroom lectures to put up on the board. My charge is Normally €3.50 per head but that is negotable dedpending on how far away the school is and how many students are involved. So far of the 4oo or 500 hundred brochures I've posted to schools I've had 3 enquiries and only 1 booking. It's very disheartening, anyhow, plough on is all I can do.
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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby bannerman on Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:10 pm

Mick Moylan does it professionaly under the title "Irish History Live"

Recently Eamon Dunne and the Leinster Regiment WW1 re-enactors have done shows for school children in the Ennis Museum, and Clare Schools. Ill tell him about this post.


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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby soutreb on Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:35 pm

I've done 7or 8 talks at schools and such. It usually goes through a local library branch i.e. I propose doing a talk on ACW, the library gets in touch with local schools and we take it from there. The library normally pay a fee for your time.
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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby brendan on Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:14 pm

A bit off topic on this:
As a general guideline direct mail advertising has about a 2 to 3% hit rate - when it is very very successful.
AND (as Shergar suggested) if you are doing school stuff you should have child protection stuff covered.

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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby Nerva on Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:44 pm

Salvete Omnes!

We have done a number of school gigs. Some we've been paid for and not for others. To be honest with you school visits can be more trouble than they're worth. Apart from the fact that they don't really pay much, you invariably have to take time of work. They can be rewarding especially when the children have a genuine appreciation of history.

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Re: What Irish living history people do school events ?

Postby Kate on Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:19 pm

As Brendan said, if you are planning on working in schools frequently it'd be a good thing to get the garda vetting done. This will take AGES to go through so be prepared for a wait of about 8 weeks to get results and cert.
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