Live events

Our Live Events bring our museums, collections, stories and experts right into your classroom.

Each season we offer Live Events that are interactive and curriculum-linked, bringing together thousands of students from all over Australia for a show stopping performance that explores different historical periods, perspectives and places.

Upcoming Live Events:

Woman at blackboard dressed in period costume.

Back (in time) to school! Lessons in the Rouse Hill Schoolhouse

Thursday 5 August, 2pm (45 mins)

Travel back in time to the 1880s for an immersive ‘lesson from the past’ in this virtual event live from the Rouse Hill schoolhouse. Students will take part in 19th-century style school activities, including handwriting, spelling and physical education, led by staff in costume and in character as 1880s school teachers. Printable resources will be provided for students to use throughout the experience.

Curriculum Links

Stage 1 History

HT1-1 Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms
HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time
HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Pre-excursion activities:

Does your class want to know more about school life in the past at the Rouse Hill Schoolhouse? Send in your questions to before Tuesday 3 August. Presenters will answer questions live and our expert moderators will be working behind the scenes to type back as many answers as possible. 

You will need:
  • This session will be delivered via Zoom.
  • PRINTABLE PDF RESOURCE - if you are unable to print the resource a blank or lined piece of paper will do.  
  • Pen or pencil.

Bookings now open

Students from Richard Johnson Anglican School participating in Lessons from the past at the schoolhouse, Rouse Hill Estate. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Handpainted image from book of woman in canoe. Margins of page visible on left and right.

Warurabanga: Make string and learn about the Gadi people 

Wednesday 1 September, 2pm (45 mins)

Don’t miss this opportunity for your Stage 2 or 3 classes to ‘Warurabanga’ – Make string and find out about the Gadigal people of Sydney. Coming to you from the Museum of Sydney, the site of first government house, a unique place from where to explore history in the first years of the colony of NSW.  Museum staff will show some Indigenous objects to the students and link them to stories from the site. We will discuss Daringa and other inspirational Gadigal women and their lives. Then your class will have the opportunity to learn a traditional Aboriginal stringing technique and make string themselves, in the same way as has been done by Gadigal women in Sydney for so many years.

Online resources about Dharinga 

About string-making

Durawi (Lomandra) is the grass we would usually use to make warura (string) but it takes a few weeks to prepare and if we all collected durawi to make warura there wouldn’t be any left in the garden and that’s not sustainable. So today we are adapting by using contemporary raffia sustainably harvested from Madagascar.

You will need: 
  • Strips of raffia or lomandra, 50cm long per student. 

You can purchase raffia from Koch and Co.

Bookings now open

Aboriginal woman in canoe fishing with a line (detail), George Charles Jenner, pre-1806. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: DGB 10.