Our year in review 2023

This year, our Learning team welcomed over 49,000 students and teachers to our onsite and virtual learning programs.

Throughout 2023, the Learning team has continued to develop and deliver high-quality, small group learning experiences to students and teachers across the state. In addition, there have been a number of special events, includingthe large-scale virtual excursion Objects of Separation, which brought together over 2,000 students from 67 schools. This event was held in May during Reconciliation Week in conjunction with the art commission Murmurations, created by First Nations artist Tony Albert and Sāmoan-Australian artist Angela Tiatia. It featured objects from the Hyde Park Barracks collections associated with the lived experiences of Gadigal people, convicts and female migrants to explore themes of migration, forced separation and togetherness.

Our History Week event, Voices from the Past, attracted over 6,000 students from 203 schools, with many attending one of our virtual events for the first time. In November, the ever-popular History Extension Project, held in partnership with the State Library of NSW, connected close to 600 incoming HSC students from across Sydney and rural and regional NSW with historians, teachers, experts and past students for a full day of talks, workshops, advice and inspiration for their history projects. This represents nearly 40% of the full HSC history extension cohort.

Programs and events

Student carrying convict bricks in the courtyard at Hyde Park Barracks


Explore our curriculum-linked programs, excursions and resources for stages 1 to 6. Inquire or book now

The Project History Extension Seminar

The Project: History Extension Seminar Day

This full-day student seminar is presented by Museums of History NSW and the State Library of NSW

Oyster shells
Virtual Excursion

Objects of Separation at the Hyde Park Barracks

Join us during Reconciliation Week for Objects of Separation: at the Hyde Park Barracks

Students in the courtyard, taking turns to try and wash clothes the way it was done in the 19th century, Elizabeth Farm

Free event for teachers and their families

Join us at Elizabeth Farm for a special event on Thursday 7 December 2023


Our work has always travelled well beyond our physical sites, but our fresh remit as Museums of History NSW brings new responsibilities and opportunities to connect with regional audiences and communities ...

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