Our programs combine immersive experiences in authentic historical contexts with focused activities that develop critical, creative and reflective thinking, highlighting themes of continuity and change across a diverse range of subjects and disciplines. In linking past to present in original historical contexts, our programs help students discover our living past and uncover the role and value of history in shaping their lives and our world today.
At Sydney Living Museums, our team of highly trained educators works side-by-side with practising experts in fields as diverse as history and horticulture, archaeology and colonial gastronomy, in a range of the nation’s most significant historic buildings and landscapes. This combination allows our programs to support and extend classroom learning and connect students to contemporary practice in the heritage field.
All our programs have been carefully developed to address NSW syllabus outcomes and cross-curriculum priorities and have been adapted in response to new syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum that have been introduced. This process will continue as new syllabuses are implemented across all subject areas.
For students and teachers unable to make a physical visit to our properties, we have a range of online programs and downloadable resources.
It’s a powerful thing to actively explore past lives, events and stories in the places where they actually unfolded – you can see students making the connections and putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Fabienne Virago, Sydney Living Museums
Come face-to-face with history! Our primary programs immerse students in exploring stories of the adults and children who have lived, worked and played in our historic places over time – convicts and bushrangers, city kids and farm kids, masters and servants. With a strong focus on active learning, using historical artefacts and technologies, costumed interpretation and imaginative recreation, our programs target outcomes from HSIE, SciTech, Mathematics and Creative Arts.
Our secondary programs take students into places where history happened to explore past lives and events as well as the processes of constructing history. Programs cover a diverse range of topics and issues, from colonisation and the history of contact with Aboriginal people to archaeology, food technology and crime and punishment. A key focus of secondary programs is using and evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources in a historical inquiry.
During a guided tour of the exhibition Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story, students will learn why Chinese people migrated to Australia during the 19th century, and about their experiences of living in, and contributing to, Sydney and NSW.
Tertiary & Adult Education
Visits for tertiary and adult education groups, including English language students, are individually designed to meet the specific requirements of the course and student group on the advice of the lecturer. As well as tours of our historic properties, visits can provide focused access to our staff experts, research collections and library, displays and exhibitions to take students behind the scenes of a working cultural and research institution.
We offer a range of project-based internships that allow students to gain direct experience working in areas such as exhibition development, heritage interpretation, collection cataloguing, research, marketing and event coordination. SLM internships are unpaid and are available to students undertaking relevant courses at Australian universities.
In this highly popular program, students enter the world of convict Ivan Gotney. Set in the World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, the program weaves together historical source materials in a compelling interactive theatrical presentation, where students can hear Gotney’s fascinating story and learn about the importance of convict labour to the developing colony.
Check these out for use before or after your visit. We have a range of resources available online to support our programs and for students and teachers who are unable to visit us in person.