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The Making of National Heroes, The Making of a Nation – Workshop

Step into the world of heroism and nation-building as you discover the pantheon of Greek national heroes that emerged during the Greek War of Independence.

Guided by museum educators, participants will explore The Spirit of Byron exhibition and engage in thought-provoking discussions about: the rise of modern Greece’s national heroes, such as statesman Ioannis Kapodistrias, the English poet Lord Byron and naval commander Laskarina Bouboulina, out of the Greek War of Independence; how the experiences, actions, and achievements of these individuals have shaped modern Greece; the qualities that have defined heroes in both Greece and Australia throughout history; and what informs or should inform our understanding of a national hero today.

We invite you to unlock the secrets of nation-building and celebrate the enduring legacy of those who shaped modern Greece.




1 hour

25 people

$18pp concession/students
Teachers accompany free

Suitable for

This workshop is suitable for secondary students studying Greek, Modern History (Years 9–VCE), Civics and Citizenship, and/or History of Revolutions (VCE). It has the following curriculum/study design links.

  • Greek Schools
    This is an excellent workshop to engage Secondary school level students learning Greek with the history and significance of the Greek War of Independence.

  • Victorian Curriculum F–10
    Learning Area: History
    This tour is suitable for year 9 and 10 History students studying the making of the modern world from 1750–1918 and looking at the dynamics of nationalism and imperialism at this time.

    Learning Area: Civics and Citizenship
    This tour is suitable for year 7–10 students exploring civics and citizenship, and the contribution of individuals to the community.

  • VCE History – Study Design Links
    Modern History Unit 1 Change and Conflict:
    Area of Study 1: Ideology and Conflict
    This tour is an excellent introduction to the nature of social, political, economic and cultural change in the later part of the 19th century, including the challenge to empires in the context of the Greek War of Independence.

    Revolutions Units 3 and 4:
    Area of Study 1: Causes of Revolutions
    Area of Study 2: Consequences of Revolution
    This tour is an excellent introduction to the nature of revolutions, and  their causes and consequences for students studying the Russian, French and American revolutions. The tour will allow students to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between these revolutions and the Greek revolution, while engaging in broader discussion surrounding the nature of revolution.

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