Small objects even bigger stories: Moving stories staff-led


Years 9-12
Terms 1-4 Tuesday–Friday
Maximum 50 students

English, Languages, The Humanities

School programs and resources

Working in small groups, students unpack suitcases filled with objects, artefacts and documents revealing a story from a particular wave of immigration. Each suitcase holds a real story. The groups share their discovered stories, creating a timeline of migration to Australia which can be taken back to school. Students have time in the museum galleries to explore, in more detail, specific stories of migration. They receive a Waves portfolio in which to record their findings.

The workshop session introduces the key terms:

  • Push Factors
  • Pull Factors
  • Wave of Migration
  • Cultural Diversity

Teacher Resources

Curriculum links

  • Humanities, History: Level 9–10
  • Intercultural Capability: Level 9–10