Flashback! workshop

Woman and children on beach at Lorne, State Rivers and Water Supply Commission
90 minutes
Year level
Year: Foundation–2
$150 per group (up to 25 students)
Terms 1 & 2: 100 students; Terms 3 & 4: 50 students

Ever imagined what Victoria was like in the 1900s? The Flashback workshop presents a vivid snapshot of Victorian history through the daily lives of families from 100 years ago.

Featuring original stories and visual materials, this interactive and immersive workshop highlights the importance of memory and the concepts of past and present, as well as continuity and change.

Student experience

Students will:

  • get up close and personal with paintings, photographs and other fascinating treasures from the Library's collection
  • tune into a wonderful telling of Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, written by Mem Fox
  • use words and drawings to record, compare and contrast their own personal stories in a take-home booklet
  • explore the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room, on a guided tour.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • identify perspectives about changes to daily life from people in the past or present (VCHHC055)
  • identify examples of continuity and change in family life and in the local area by comparing past and present (VCHHC056)
  • compare and contrast information and ideas in own and others' reasoning.

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.

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