Solve it using sources

About the program

This history skills based virtual excursion program is focused on analysis of source material to understand historical events and peoples.

It is based at two the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and Susannah Place in Sydney’s Rocks area, and explores the archaeology of both sites as well as other relevant primary sources. At Hyde Park Barracks we look at the public archaeological dig and learn how thousands of artefacts were found underground and under the floorboards at the Barracks, many having been hidden by rats building their nests. Combining this archaeology with source documents, museum educators discuss with students how they could answer questions what they can discover about the lives of the convicts who lived at the Barracks. Finally we use the archaeology of an existing building at Susannah Place and see how the building itself, combined with oral histories and written sources, helps us answer questions about the lives of the people who lived there.

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

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A group of students and Sydney Living Museums curriculum program deliverer Hannah at the Old Dairy as part of the Early to Rise program at Rouse Hill Estate

Onsite programs

Our museums, historic houses and gardens are at the heart of every school interaction. We offer immersive, curriculum-linked excursions for Stages 1 to 6

Sophie Reid, Producer – Learning Programs; Carlin de Montfort, curator; and Naomi Manning, Producer – Learning Programs, stand in front of a series of cameras as they present a virtual excursion. They are standing behind a table of historical objects in the Meet the Convicts room on the top floor of the Hyde Park Barracks.

Virtual excursions

Our interactive virtual excursions connect your class live with a museum educator and focus on specific curriculum content, concepts and skills. We currently offer virtual excursions for Stages 1 to 4

3d model of a block of terrace houses

Susannah Place

Take a closer look at this 3D scan of Susannah Place, as shown in our Virtual Excursion ‘Solve It Using Sources’