Pop up Languages Museum

A reminder for Miss Mulkerns’s P6 Class that they have a trip on Monday, a note was sent home but not everyone had returned their permission slip, before the Hallowe’en break.  If permission slips have been misled please write a note giving permission, otherwise pupils will not be able to attend. See below a copy of the letter which was sent home.


Dear Parent,

Did you know, the UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages! This autumn a new initiative is coming to Belfast…a “Pop-Up World of Languages Museum” and we have been lucky enough to have secured a slot for one class to visit free of charge. 

The interactive Museum is divided into 3 zones through which pupils will travel to uncover the hidden treasures of languages, through child-friendly hands-on, activities and games: 

The zones are: 

Languages and Me

Why should we bother to learn languages? You may be surprised to find out :-

  • How learning a language can boost your brain power.
  • How many languages you already know without even realising.
  • Where languages can take you in life.

Languages Around Me

All you have to do is stop, look and listen! Here, you will explore :-

  • Different accents, and your reactions to them.
  • Translating the untranslatable… can it be done?
  • The many languages around us in our cities, towns and villages

Languages in the World

There are thousands of different languages in the world! Here, you will discover :-

  • Which languages are most spoken and which are in danger.
  • Whether some languages are trickier than others.
  • The different sounds and writing systems languages use.

The activities draw on the research in a large project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Multilingualism. Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (www.meits.org), involving four universities: Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge (the lead university) and the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham.

The event takes place on Monday, 4th of November, at the Accidental Theatre, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB. 

As we have been lucky enough to secure funding for both the event and transport, there is no cost for this trip.  Pupils can wear their PE uniform. They will need to bring a packed lunch. We will leave school at around 10.30 and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm.