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.
Stage 3 History
Skills - Analysis and Use of Sources
- HT3-3 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
Stage 4 History
The Ancient World Depth Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past
- HT4-1 Describes the nature of history and archaeology and explains their contribution to an understanding of the past
- HT4-5 Identifies the meaning, purpose and context of historical sources
- HT4-6 Uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations
Key inquiry question
- How do we know about the ancient past?
Special sessions are reserved for home-schooled students in 2024.
Cost: $10 per student per session.
Minimum of six students required for each session.
Book your session
up to 30 students per class
Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions
Bookings close strictly at 4pm on Wednesday for all sessions in the following week
One class (30) per session (when students are learning from home); Three classes (90) per session (when students learning from school)
At least one supervising teacher must be online with the students at all times
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
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