the censorship of texts

Nature of activity: learning laboratory

THEME: the censorship of texts

DURATION: 2 hours

TARGET SCHOOLS: first and second grade secondary schools

DESCRIPTION: An examination of the copy of Daniel Bomberg’s Talmud and a printed text with cancellations by the censor displayed in the museum are a starting point for a brief consideration of what the censorship practised by the Inquisition involved and how it worked. The children will then be asked to perform a real-life censorship exercise themselves in the laboratory workroom. At the end of the activity the conductor will moderate an open discussion on the dangers and benefits of censorship.

 AIMS:

To embark on an exploration of the historical incidence of censorship and its salient features, providing students with the tools to interpret and interact with its workings in contemporary contexts.

Cost: €90 up to 15 students, €5 for each extra student

Educational activities are designed for a minimum of 15 students per class up to a maximum of 25 students. 2 accompanying adults are allowed free entry, plus carers, where appropriate, for small or disabled children and those with learning difficulties.