Growing up in the past

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$65 per class (up to 30 students per class)
Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions
Session Offered
Monday to Friday. Bookings close strictly at 4pm on Wednesday for all sessions in the following week.
Maximum Students
One class (30) per session (when students are learning from home); Three classes (90) per session (when students learning from school)
Supervision ratios

At least one supervising teacher must be online with the students at all times.

Additional Visitor Costs

No charge.

About the program

In this interactive virtual excursion, your Stage 1 class will connect live with a museum educator and discuss what life was like for rural children in the early 1900s. Students will investigate the lives of Annie and Ena Sherwood, two young girls who once lived in a small workers cottage on Rouse Hill Estate, and learn about household chores and technology from the past.

Students will also experience a school lesson in the Rouse Hill school house and investigate a range of objects from the time. Finally, they will discuss leisure time for children in the past and how toys have changed and learn how to make their own handmade dolly peg toy.

Pre and post-excursion activities

Extend your virtual excursion with these in-class activities: Growing up in the Past activities [PDF]

Curriculum links

Stage 1 History

The past in the present:

  • HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time
  • HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the how food was sourced and prepared in the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technology shaped the way we source, store, preserve and cook food?


School bookings

To book a Virtual Excursion program for your school class, please contact:

SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211
or email


Home-schooled students

Special sessions are reserved for home-schooled students in 2022:

Cost: $10 per student per session.

Minimum of six students required for each session.