• The Nature of Modern History: Memory and Memorialisation

The Nature of Modern History: Memory and Memorialisation

Key information
Cost $15/student Duration 3 hours Supervision ratios The supervision ratio is 1:20 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge. Curriculum links Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History: History and Memory, The Representation and Commemoration of the Past
About the program:

Using the Sydney Jewish Museum’s architecture and exhibition as a case study, students will think critically about how the history of the Holocaust is given meaning and constructed through memorial spaces, source selection and artefact acquisition. Particular consideration is placed on the Australian context of this Museum as a memorial and a place for Holocaust survivors, descendants and the wider Australian community to consider the universal and particular aspects of this history. The seminar will emphasise artefact analysis, shifting historiographies and Holocaust memory.

The program includes an interactive seminar with a Museum educator, first-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor and a guided tour of the Museum.

Image credit: Photograph by Katherine Griffiths.

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Plan your visit

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

On the day

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your program begins and assembling students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main Museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main Museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road where security will greet you and show you where to go.
  • Note that the Museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

Lunches

  • There is an option of pre-ordering our school café lunch which can be eaten in Green Park before or after the excursion. Please click here to see the menu.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat their lunch in the park after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.

Access

  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the Museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.
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