Live events

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

Throughout the year we offer a number of free 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:

Stable hand mucking out the horse stables

Life in the past .... stinks!

Thursday 17 March at 2pm

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for Primary History students

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We know life in the past was very different to today.

But how we know what we know is just as important as what we know and using evidence from documents, images and oral history can help us better understand what life was like, in the past, for different people.

While we can't go back in time, we can still visit some of the places where people once lived and worked.

So come along and see what life was like for:

• a servant working at Vaucluse House mansion in the 1860s
• a farm hand working at Rouse Hill Estate in the 1870s
• a mum living at Susannah Place, in Sydney's Rocks area, in the 1920s

Some of the jobs they had to do were a bit smelly, some were really hard work and others...well they really, really stink!

But who had the worst job? And what different technologies or resources did people use in the past, to do jobs that are still done today?

What your students will need:

• sense of humour

• a peg for their nose (it might get really smelly)




Present and Past Family Life

Key inquiry questions:

  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is diffference from or similar to the past?

The Past in the Present

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technologies shaped our daily lives?


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