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:

Students at Hyde Park Barracks

Investigating History: Did convicts break the rules?

Wednesday 24 November at 2pm

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Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for Stage 2 and Stage 3 History.

During this engaging and student-centred Live Event, your class will explore the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and examine a range of historical sources - physical and documentary - as part of an historical inquiry.

Museum staff will show off some of the archaeology that has been found at the site, explain the role rats played in preserving different artefacts, and present some documentary evidence, that relates to the convicts.

Then, once all the evidence is presented, your class will have the opportunity to decide - did the convicts who lived at the Barracks break the rules?

Students will also hear stories from a convict (not a real one just to be clear), and meet the Deputy Superintendent of the Barracks.

Got a question about convicts?

As a class, think of a question you have about the lives of convicts at Hyde Park Barracks and email by Monday 22 November, for a chance to have your question read out and answered live on camera!

Need some inspiration? 

Take a look at either of these two online resources:

Day in the life of a convict
Convict life in early Sydney

Resources students need for the Live Event:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Some paper to write and draw on

Post-excursion activities

To learn more about convicts in NSW explore our online learning resources, including:

Draw your own convict using a ‘convict indent’ (video instructions)
Create your own convict love token (video instructions)
Child convicts of Australia (video series)

Curriculum Links

Stage 2 History

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

First Contacts: Key inquiry questions

  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?

Stage 3 History

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
HT3-3 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

The Australian Colonies: Key inquiry questions

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