Researching our Victorian past workshop

120 minutes
Year level
Year: 5–6
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
Term 4: 50 students

Program changes in 2018

Due to our exciting Vision 2020 redevelopment project, this workshop will run in term 4 only.

In this hands-on workshop, primary students have the chance to get creative and improve their research skills.

Students will have access to the Library's remarkable collection, introducing them to the lives of some of Victoria's most significant figures such as Ned Kelly, William Barak and Vida Goldstein. In pairs, they will create a short film to share with the class.

Student experience

Students will:

  • research and source a range of images to develop a narrative and description about a significant figure from Victoria's past
  • create a short video biography using the online digital storytelling tool Animoto
  • take a guided tour of the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room
  • view significant artworks, artefacts and other historical materials up close in the Changing face of Victoria exhibition.

Skills development

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

  • explain the significance of an individual who influenced change in the Australian colonies (VCHHC987)
  • sequence significant events in order to create a narrative (VCHHC082)
  • examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information, ideas and possibilities (VCCCTQ021).

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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