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How do museums represent history?

Investigating two historical displays in the National Museum of Australia

How do museums represent history? Full colour unit of work, cover

Curriculum areas: Historical skills, Australian history, Indigenous culture & history, media, environment

Years: 9–12

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation

This unit investigates the way in which the National Museum of Australia has created representations of aspects of our past, and encourages students to critically analyse those representations.

The student activities included in this unit cover the following topics:

  • What are 'representations' of history?
  • Representing frontier contact history
  • Representing environmental history