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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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