Introduction to The Workshops Rail Museum

A great way to enliven and value-add your museum experience. Sessions prepare students for getting the most out of their visit.

Audience: Years Prep – 6
Duration: Allow up to 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups may be hourly to include a reset period.
Curriculum:  HASS - History, Geography | Technologies - Design and Technologies 
Availability: Monday - Thursday, Terms 1 - 4, weeks 2 - 9 

Get on board and take a journey to enrich your Museum visit as students explore the history and stories of the Ipswich Railway Workshops and the people who worked here.

This staff-led presentation is accompanied with a self-guided ‘scavenger hunt’ that will get your students thinking critically while exploring objects, little and large.

This multi-sensory presentation and investigation motivates inquiry learning, while taking you through the museum collections.

Students will

  • Engage in guided discussion about the significance of the site and types of jobs that took place
  • Compare technologies and design of objects used then and now
  • Investigate how a range of sources can provide historical evidence
  • Recognise Ipswich as a geographical location for early settlement and expanding industries
  • Work collaboratively on their Scavenger Hunt task

Learning Outcomes

  • Making connections between histories, geography and technologies
  • Observing, identifying, and interpreting objects and sites to find answers or elicit further questions
  • Developing curiosity and imagination
  • Building inquiry skills and encouraging critical and creative thinking
  • Celebrating museum collections and the role of a museum in documenting change

Session Details

  • Program led by Museum staff
  • $6.00 per student. Supervising adults FREE
  • Minimum 10 students
  • A Scavenger Hunt activity sheet master will be sent to the school ahead of your visit.
    This activity engages students in the context of comparing then and now/past and present.

Group Visit Information

For information on booking a group into a program and additional information for your visit, go to the Planning your school visit page. Groups may be allocated time for self-guided Museum exploration during school program rotation.