What was here before?
Have you ever wondered what the Canberra region was like 2000 years ago, 200 years ago or even 20 years ago?
In Canberra's History: Site Study students step back in time to explore the history of the National Museum of Australia peninsula, including its Indigenous people, the first European pastoral settlers, early Canberra government and today's National Museum.
|Group size||30 students – two groups can run concurrently|
|Cost||$6 per student|
|Availability||Tuesday–Friday at 10am, 12pm, 3pm|
||Australian History curriculum links to our programs (178kb PDF)
- Facilitate students' exploration of the history of the national capital as they examine sites, objects and stories on the peninsula surrounding the National Museum of Australia.
- Help students understand time, continuity and change by exploring layers of history and human occupation that are marked in various ways around the site.
- Introductory activity – students are introduced to the concept of deep time through object handling and discussion.
- Site exploration – working in groups, students handle objects, listen to stories and explore the past through imaginative exercises at several outdoor sites around the National Museum.
- Reflection – students gather to discuss the link between the physical past of Acton peninsula and how history is represented within the Museum.
Exploring the Museum
You may like to allow extra time to visit other exhibitions and to explore other places in the Museum, such as Circa and Kspace. For everything you need to know about visiting, see Plan and book a visit.
These activity ideas might be useful in your classroom.
You may also be interested in these teacher resources:
- Life at the Time of Federation – using a time capsule this unit of work explores life in Australia in 1901
- Nation: Investigating Images of the Nation – a unit of work exploring the meanings of significant symbols of Australia.
or this interactive:
- National Parks – use the clues to discover the mystery objects created by Myles Dunphy to live help his friends live in the Australian bush
You can also see the full list of resources related to historical skills.