How can a museum exhibition help us explore our immigration history?
Curriculum areas: Australian history, English, arts
Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation.
Uses British 19th-century artworks to explore the immigration experience of people who sought to begin a new life in Australia. Provides a basis for students' own further explorations of immigration generally, their own family history, and a site study of a local museum's representation of the immigration experience.
The student activities included in this unit cover the following topics:
- Who migrated and why?
- Attitudes and expectations of the immigrants
- The experience of the voyage
- Arrival and outcomes
- How museums represent immigration in their displays
- A student's own immigration history