Museums of History NSW

Our virtual excursions bring our museums programs right to your classroom. Our programs connect you live with a museum educator, are interactive and curriculum-linked.

Curriculum-linked virtual excursions.

ProgramStageCurriculum link
Cooking up the PastStage 1History – The Past in the Present
Convict work at the Barracks Stage 2 History – First Contact
First ContactStage 2 History – First Contact
A New Home Stage 3History – The Australian Colonies
Solve it with Sources Stage 3Skills – Analysis and Use of Sources
Solve it with Sources Stage 4 History – The Ancient World Depth
Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past


During this virtual program students connect live with a museum educator and explore how food was grown, stored and cooked in the past, in the 1820s kitchen at historic Vaucluse House. During the early years of the New South Wales colony, this grand house was the home of the Wentworth family and their many servants.

Students are introduced to the Wentworth family and their ten children. They think about how the way we grow, store, prepare and eat our food today is similar or different to the way this was done in the past. They will see what’s growing the kitchen garden; investigate how technologies for preparing food have changed from the 19th century to today in the kitchen and dairy; and learn how to make butter, so they can make their own and find out how good it tastes on a piece of bread.

Image of food from the Cooking up the past virtual excursion


In this virtual excursion, your Stage 2 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about how convicts lived and worked at the Hyde Park Barracks in the early 19th century. 

Students will examine a range of historical sources, including the World Heritage-listed building, and investigate some of the work done by the male convicts who lived at the Hyde Park Barracks. Students will see how the bricks from which the Barracks was built were made by hand; and find clues left behind by convict brick makers. 

Convicts at the Barracks virtual excursion image


Connect live with a museum educator and learn about first contacts between Aboriginal peoples and colonists that arrived as part of the First Fleet and aboard other ships in the early years of the colony of New South Wales.  

Students will examine a range of historical sources including artworks and Aboriginal cultural objects and explore the impact of these new arrivals on the Aboriginal peoples of Sydney and the local environment. 


Connect live with a museum educator and learn about female Irish orphans who migrated to Australia in the 1800s and stayed at the Hyde Park Barracks. 

Students will look at the factors that led the women to migrate from Ireland, what their journey was like and what happened to them once they were here. They will look inside the Barracks and see the current exhibition as viewing a range of sources, including some of the objects these women brought with them. Students will also hear from an ancestor of one of the women and consider the importance of oral history. Finally they will complete an empathy activity by considering what they would put in their trunks if they were migrating to another country, in a similar situation to these women.


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 Sydney Living Museums’ sites, 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.

Solve with sources SLM program

Book a Virtual Excursion

Sydney Livng Museums

To book a Virtual Excursion program for your school class, please contact:

SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211
or email

Address: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW , 2000





Booking Instructions: Both NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) schools and non-DEC schools are welcome to attend Sydney Living Museums (SLM) video conferences via DART Connections. Non-DEC schools must contact the SLM for further information prior to booking.

  • There is a limit of two (2) schools per session
  • To ensure maximum interactivity class size must not exceed 30 students
  • Schools with small class sizes may be eligible for reduced rates – please contact SLM for details
  • Sessions will generally last for one hour and include time for students to ask questions
  • Pre-event material is included in the cost and will be sent to the teacher via email prior to the session. Teachers are asked to ensure that the students are well prepared for the lesson as outlined.
  • Schools will be invoiced by the Sydney Living Museums at the conclusion of the booked session
  • The sessions, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the Sydney Living Museums

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