Museum & Gallery

Brick wall with the words Fairfield City Museum & Galllery in front of the museum building
Living the Past

An immersive education program for Stage 1 HSIE primary school groups.

The Living the Past program has been specifically designed to give visiting students and accompanying adults a glimpse into the lives of early European settlers in western Sydney. The Museum’s heritage buildings - such as its 1880’s Slab Hut- help to evoke the atmosphere of earlier days, when life for the area’s inhabitants was very different. Knowledgeable volunteer staff interpret each on site exhibit, bringing to life a time that today’s school students will not have experienced.

During their visit students will be able to:

  • see common daily activities demonstrated such as how shopping and laundry was done in the early 20th century
  • participate in a range of activities such as playing different types of popular school children’s games and taking part in an ‘old[1]fashioned’ lesson in the Schoolhouse
  • handle artefacts that were commonly used by past generations such as pens with nibs and pre-decimal money
  • experience firsthand the types of conditions people lived under including; where they lived, what conveniences they had, how they were schooled, the clothes they wore, the variety of children's games played and how they did their laundry and shopping.

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