Row of canvas hammocks suspended by ropes attached to wooden beams.
Hammocks in reconstructed convict dormitory on level three of the Hyde Park Barracks. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Learning at Hyde Park Barracks

Learning at Hyde Park Barracks

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Sydney Living Museums’ programs give students of all ages opportunities to explore a diverse range of historical and contemporary issues and themes in authentic contexts.

Linking curriculum outcomes and priorities to immersive experiences in original historical settings, our programs bring to life a remarkable group of people, events and places.

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History, but not as you know it

Learning Programs

Convict Life at the Barracks
Stage 2 | History

Convict Life at the Barracks

What was it like to be a convict living at Hyde Park Barracks?

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Investigating Convict History
Stage 2/3 | History

Investigating Convict History

Students discover historical evidence by exploring the World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks and examining a range of sources.

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Man crouching next to a tree wearing a fur skin

Cutter and Coota for schools
Stage 2/3 | History | Drama

Man crouching next to a tree wearing a fur skin
Photo © Jamie James for Sydney Living Museums

Cutter and Coota for schools

Written by Bruce Pascoe and presented in association with Moogahlin Performing Arts on the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, Cutter and Coota explores themes of sustainability, colonisation, and how we care for Country.

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Home: Convicts, Migrants and First Peoples
Stage 3 | History

Home: Convicts, Migrants & First Peoples

Students will investigate the themes of displacement and resilience through the experiences of convicts, migrants and Aboriginal peoples.

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Archaeology Underfoot
Stage 4 | History

Archaeology Underfoot

During this hands-on archaeology program, students use artefacts – including the building – to investigate the layered history of the Hyde Park Barracks and the people who lived there during the 19th century.

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Learning resources

These syllabus-linked resources for teachers and students are designed to support classroom learning or to complement a museum visit.

Primary History
Secondary History