Seamus Heaney Home


GSCE Lectures

Our GCSE lectures will focus on the work by Seamus Heaney included in the GCSE curriculum under the headings ‘Identity’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Conflict’. These themes will be drawn out in the lectures alongside a focus on literary devices used in the poems. Lectures will be delivered by a visiting academic.

Option 1: Lecture & Exhibition Tour

Price: £6 per pupil

Option 2: Lecture Only

Price: £3 per pupil


Date Theme

Thursday 27th January





Thursday 3rd February





Thursday 10th February





For the visit, all participants should bring:

  • A packed lunch.
  • Have suitable footwear/coat/hat for outdoor activities.
  • A willingness to work with others and lots of enthusiasm.
  • Writing materials

On Arrival:

  • Participants will be greeted at reception and directed to one of our learning rooms. They will be given a brief Health and Safety talk and an overview of our facilities, toilets and location of the First Aid room.
  • Participants can avail of a short break at this stage. This should be communicated when the booking is being made.

During Visit:

  • Depending on the option chosen, pupils will participate in a tour of our interactive exhibition space lead by our Visitor Experience Guides. The tour includes the opportunity to listen to Seamus Heaney reading his poetry via electronic audio devices. These devices, along with interactive artefacts and puzzles on display, should be handled with care under the advice of the Visitor Experience Guides. Participants should not touch any other items on display.
  • Pupils will also visit the Creative Learning Zone where they can express their own creativity. It is important that this area is left tidy and that interactive displays and games are handled with care.
  • As part of the exhibition tour and depending on weather/time, students may visit the Sensory Garden, so please bring suitable clothing for outdoors. It is important that students are accompanied by a member of school staff at all times.
  • Due to time constraints, it is recommended that students bring a packed lunch. When booking, Group Organisers can request a room to have a packed lunch in or they can request to pre-order food from The HomePlace Café at an extra cost. If participants plan to buy lunch from the HomePlace Café, this must be arranged with the Education Officer in advance of the visit.

Recommended Arrival Time: 10am

Recommended Departure Time: 2pm

Please Note:

  • Your booking can only be confirmed when the completed Booking Form has been returned to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
  • There is no charge for school staff.

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