Unfolding history: WWI stories workshop

Secondary students generate questions, consider viewpoints and explore the personal stories of WWI.

Postcard with British and Commonwealth flags
240 minutes
Year level
Year: 9–10
$320 per group (up to 25 students)
25 students

Unfolding history is an immersive, skills-enhancing workshop for secondary students, exploring the significance of WWI by focusing on the personal experiences of Victorians involved in the conflict.

The workshop looks at generating questions of historical inquiry, and shares powerful research techniques using online resources. The program also includes an interactive tour of the Library's collection, highlighting photographs, artefacts and archival material connected to WWI.

Students gain an understanding of the Library's role in collecting and documenting Victoria's history, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • explore the Library, visiting the Newspapers Room and Redmond Barry Reading Room
  • view historic artefacts and photographs from WWI in the Changing face of Victoria exhibition
  • gain powerful research techniques by learning how to use the Library's online catalogue to locate books and newspaper articles relevant to their research topic
  • independently conduct research

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history and critical & creative thinking, and is relevant to Years 9–10.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • evaluate the historical significance of an event, idea, individual or place
  • investigate the characteristics of effective questions in different contexts to examine information and test possibilities
  • suspend judgements to allow new possibilities to emerge

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.