The Cultural and Heritage Studies programme at the National Print Museum is a CDETB funded Local Training Initiative. Learners on the programme undertake a QQI Level 5 Common Award in Cultural and Heritage Studies as well as becoming tour guides at the Museum.
Course learners provide a one hour tour of the museum, interpreting the Museum’s collection for visitors and groups. The tour includes a history of printing, printing in Ireland, evolution of the printing process and a look at the most important composing, printing and finishing machines used to create books before the digital age. Each visitor also has an opportunity to become a compositor and printer, and leaves with a sample of printing. Working as guides in the Museum, assisting at events and helping to preserve the collection, learners gain practical and theoretical experience in tourism, heritage, culture and museums in Ireland which they bring to future positions they work in.
Modules which are taught on this course include History, Local History, Archaeology, Heritage, Folklore, Appreciation of Irish Culture, Reception and Front-line Skills, Work Experience and Communications. Learners also take Conversational French, Computers, Museum and Library Studies. Letterpress Printing tutorials are included in the course allowing learners to gain hands-on experience in the craft of printing. These modules provide the learner with a broad framework of knowledge in history, culture, heritage and printing which they apply practically throughout the course.
Included in the 48 week programme are three weeks of external work experience where learners gain practical experience working in museums, heritage sites or tourist organizations. Learners have found placements in culture and heritage sites throughout Dublin including in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Malahide Castle, Dublin City Library and Archives, National Museum of Ireland (Natural History, Archaeology), Kilmainham Gaol, Casino at Marino, Newbridge House.
QQI Level 5 Common Award
The QQI Level 5 Common Award can be converted to CAO points. Many past learners have returned to third level education from the programme and attended Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, NUI Maynooth, DIT, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Cholaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education. Learners are trained in a wide range of skills which they can use to enhance their CV and to apply to future job applications. Learners have gone on from this programme to tour guiding jobs in GPO Witness History, EPIC Ireland, Maynooth Castle, Newbridge House, various OPW sites, The Little Museum of Dublin, the Viking Splash Tour, National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland and IMMA. They have also progressed to work in organizations like Age Action Ireland, The Botanic Gardens, UCD, and to work in a variety fields such as library and archiving, customer service and tourism. The course blog with past learners testimonials and work and research undertaken by the class, can be found here.
How to apply for the Cultural and Heritage Studies Programme
For more information, please email the Course Co-ordinator at gillianlamb [at] nationalprintmuseum.ie or call the Museum on 01 6603770.
You can apply for the course through your Local Employment Service* office using the course codes: Class Reference:74351 – Programme Code:5560 – Local Code: fgb6q – Course Reference:4892 *Please Note: using code 5560, this course is listed as ‘Pre-university Arts’ on the Department of Social Protection internal database.