Convict Life at the Barracks

Resources

Hyde Park Barracks Museum Excursion Information
Risk assessment: Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Excursion Introduction: Convict Life at the Barracks

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $180 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

What was it like to be a convict living at Hyde Park Barracks?

Using a range of sources, including the World Heritage listed building itself as an artefact, students learn about the experiences of male convicts who lived at the barracks between 1819 and 1848. They locate information in convict indents (records from the barracks) to better understand the personal experiences of individual convicts who were housed at the barracks and then use this information to create portraits of the convicts they’ve learned about.

Students also try out the hammocks, handle leg-irons and learn about some of the other punishments the convicts faced if they broke the rules, before they’re issued with convict shirts marked with the broad arrow and get a taste of convict work laying some bricks.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.

COST SCALE

Up to 20 students: $180
Up to 40 students: $350
Up to 60 students: $520
Up to 80 students: $690
Up to 100 students: $825
Up to 120 students: $960
Up to 140 students: $1,030
Up to 160 students: $1,100

CONFIRMATION, PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing.
 

CURRICULUM LINKS

Stage 2 History

First Contacts

Key inquiry questions:

  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

 

Similar programs: Rats: Convict Tales, Investigating Convict History

Complementary program: Whose Place?, Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2311
Fax 02 8239 2322

Bookings

Term 1 and 2 are virtually fully booked now. Spaces still available in Term 3 and 4. Please call 02 8239 2311 to enquire.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider our education programs at these nearby sites, which are also located in the Sydney CBD:

Booking Contact

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2311
Fax 02 8239 2322