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Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)


This is a seminal workshop for students of ancient Greek history, Ancient History and History more broadly. The workshop is a thoughtful introduction to the discipline and spatio-temporal field of history itself. The session will encourage students to reflect on and critically analyse what history is and how they can use contextual, critical, ethical and philosophical thinking processes to interpret and interrogate historical narratives, discourse, events, primary and secondary sources and develop their sense of historical imagination and balanced understanding. 

This workshop will encourage students to interrogate the nature of the archaeological archive and travel through millennia of history on display at the Hellenic Museum; including Pre-historic Greece, Geometric Greece, Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, Byzantine Greece, Neo-Hellenic Greece and contemporary Greece and Greek art. Students will use museum exhibitions as a tool to encounter and access primary source evidence /artefacts that tell the multidimensional story of ancient Greek civilisations, the crises they faced, innovations they produced and the intercultural encounters they evolved through. Through Object-based Learning approaches, students will engage with artefacts through their senses of touch and sight to gain deeper understanding about the past and how it can be interpreted.

The workshop will explore:

  • What history is, the nature of history and what kinds of questions historians pursue across time.

  • The Greek historian Herodotus and the beginning of history in Western civilisation.

  • Where history came from and how historical thinking has developed; Historical methodology and approaches to interpretation (especially related to Ancient Historical Studies.

  • How history is presented in discourse and in museums.

Learning Areas: History, Visual Arts, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, English

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability

Ideal for: Years 7 – 10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student