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.


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.