The Industrial Revolution and the Innovation of Rail

Audience: Years 9 -10
Duration: Allow 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will be hourly to include a reset period.
Curriculum: HASS - History | Geography | Technologies - Design and Technologies



Students explore the historical significance of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site, following a discussion about the origins of rail in Britain and its development within Australia. They will look at the technological innovations that led to the Industrial Revolution, and the significance of railways in Queensland’s history. 

Sessions consists of a presentation lead by a Learning Officer, and is supplemented by comprehensive resources to complement your Museum excursion. A Student Workbook and Teacher Guide includes options for before, during and after your visit.

This program is aligned with the Australian Curriculum (History) Year 9 and can be linked with in-school units:
Depth Study 1: Making a Better World? The Industrial Revolution (1750-1914). 

Program resources

The following resources are provided for teachers and students to assist in exploring the Museum. Materials may also be used to assist in the delivery of classroom lessons.

Session Details

  • Program led by Museum staff
  • $6 per student. Supervising adults FREE
  • Minimum 20 students
  • Click on Teacher Guide (above) for curriculum links

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.