Making connections accessible program
About the program
Making Connections is a new onsite program at the Hyde Park Barracks for primary and secondary school students with moderate to high, or complex access requirements. Developed in consultation and collaboration with experts, teachers and students, Making Connections provides these students the opportunity to experience the collection and stories of the Hyde Park Barracks. The program is only available to groups from Schools for Specific Purposes, Specialist Support Units and Independent Special Assistance Schools.
Eligible groups may choose a convict or migrant women themed program, each with customisable activities to meet the requirements of students.
Through Making Connections programs, students:
- Engage in the stories of the Barracks using museums spaces, objects, and hands-on activities
- Experience agency, engagement, and achievement in an inclusive cultural setting
- Express their curiosity about the past and develop their interest in history
- Develop confidence to express themselves through shared activities.
Students take part in an introductory virtual excursion one week prior to their onsite visit, to familiarise students with the museum and the staff that will deliver their program.
Museums of History NSW would like to thank Arranounbai School, Macquarie University Special Education Centre and Dulwich High School Special Education Faculty who collaborated with us on the development of this program.
To help us provide a program that best suits the requirements of your students, please complete the following booking form with details of your class and preferred activities. A member of the Learning team will contact the lead teacher to discuss details of your program.
An introductory virtual excursion will be held in the week prior to visiting - 30 minutes online, via Zoom or Teams.
The activities you suggested covered all the bases and all the different learning styles. It was fabulous to see! Each activity ticked all the boxes in terms of engagement and inclusiveness.
Teacher , Arranounbai School
Pre-visit virtual session
This introductory 30 minute online session is held in the week before the onsite program. Students will:
- Meet one of the staff that will deliver their program
- Receive a basic introduction to the chosen theme
- See photos of spaces they will visit on their excursion
Onsite session at the Hyde Park Barracks
10am – Arrive on site, toilets, morning tea
10.20am – Introduction in the learning space
10.30am – Activity one: Experience a convict journey to Sydney
10.45am – Activity two: Conduct an archaeological dig
11am – Activity three: Explore objects relating to convict work
11.15am – Activity four and program conclusion: Experience a convict hammock
11.30am – Toilets and departure
Hyde Park BarracksQueens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 8239 2311
- Wheelchair accessible
Up to 90 minutes, including breaks. Timing and structure can be modified to accommodate the requirements of your students
First Monday of the month in school terms
Up to 15 students per session, plus teachers and carers