Life at the Barracks: Convicts and Migrants

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum Excursion Information
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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

Working like historians, students analyse evidence in documents, artworks and artefacts to shape their understanding of life at the barracks for the convicts who lived there between 1819 and 1848, as well as the experiences of the Irish orphan girls who arrived between 1849 and 1850.

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

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 3 History

The Australian Colonies

Key inquiry questions:

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-5 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Similar programs: Investigating Convict History

Complementary programs: Bailed Up!, Expanding the Colony, A Colonial Eye

 


Putting a treasured possession in the hands of students

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 two is fully booked; term three has very limited availability and term four is filling fast. Please call 02 8239 2311 to enquire.

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

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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