The Past in the Present


Children at Brompton Primary School, Adelaide, participating in an air raid practise. 045117

Audience level: F-4


Using a combination of hands-on items and the stories of families who served in, and were impacted by conflict, this program will allow students to discover what life was like for Australians during wartime, whether in the past or up to the present day.

Our history is shaped by stories and stories allow us to re-tell history. Visiting the galleries will link the hands on items to real stories of Australians during wartime. Students will also explore how we continue to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women from our own family stories through to Anzac Day.

Curriculum links

Foundation: Personal and Family Histories
How they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them
How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media, and museums
Year 1: Present and past family life
How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating time such as ‘a long time ago’, ‘then and now’, ‘now and then’, ‘old and new’, ‘tomorrow’, as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significance, such as birthdays, celebrations and seasons
Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications.
Year 2: The past in the present
The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past
The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial
The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past)
Year 3: Community and remembrance
Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.


Price $5.50 per student (incl. GST) valid to 19 July 2020
$6.60 per student (incl. GST) valid from 20 July 2020
Duration 45 minutes
Maximum number 60 students per hour
Group size 15
Available 9.15 am – 3.45 pm

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