Book your 2018 excursions now.
Our museums, historic houses and gardens are at the heart of every school excursion we offer.
With Sydney Living Museums, your students will discover past lives, events and stories in the places where they actually unfolded.
We provide programs that are designed to:
- Encourage students to actively investigate and better understand the past;
- Immerse children in an authentic historical context;
- Develop students’ critical, creative and reflective thinking skills and
- Assist your students to uncover the role of history in shaping our world today.
All of our school excursions are led by highly trained staff and are closely linked to the curriculum including the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: History K – 10.
We look forward to welcoming your school to Sydney Living Museums.
For all Education bookings, contact the Sydney Living Museums Bookings team at 8239 2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free double pass for teachers:
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. Our programs have a strong emphasis on active learning and using historical artefacts and technologies, as well as costumed interpretation and imaginative recreation. We focus on giving students the opportunity to develop their understanding of historical concepts and skills and to participate in the process of historical inquiry in authentic settings. Our programs also integrate outcomes from Science and Technology 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.
Teacher Professional Development Program
Teaching History in the Primary classroom
Sydney Living Museums is now offering a series of professional development days for Primary teachers that explore practical ways to teach skills and concepts and build historical inquiry into lessons for Primary students.
The Convict Sleepover is an immersive experience where children can live the life of a convict exactly where they were 200 years ago as well as discover the culture of the local Cadigal people
This professional development day for primary teachers explores practical ways to teach skills and concepts through museum-based learning strategies.
Bring the convict story of the Hyde Park Barracks to your classroom with a virtual excursion! This theatrical presentation, woven together from historical source material, transports students back in time to learn about the life story of convict Ivan Gotney.
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.
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.
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.
The Education Team
Sydney Living Museums
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T 02 8239 2288
F 02 8239 2299
For all Education bookings, please contact Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211 or email email@example.com
Payment details (upon receipt of the invoice)
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
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