The Industrial Revolution and the Innovation of Rail

Audience: Year 9
Duration: Allow 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will be hourly to include a reset period.
Curriculum: History. This program is aligned with Depth Study 1: Making a Better World? The Industrial Revolution (1750-1914).
Monday to Thursday Terms 1 - 4, weeks 2 - 9.

Students investigate the impacts of the Industrial Revolution on the development of rail in Queensland from industrial, social and environmental perspectives. 

This session explores some of the key technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution in steam power, steel and iron production, electricity, and transport. It examines key changes in working conditions and people’s way of life. Students will also develop an understanding of the integral role the railways played in the history and development of Queensland.

This Museum staff-led program uses collections of objects, images and stories to help students draw conclusions about the past and its relationship to the present.

Students will:

  • Engage in guided discussion about the key technological innovations that led to the Industrial Revolution in Britain and subsequent influences on Australia and Queensland
  • Compare populations, social and natural landscapes, employment, economies, and technologies through a then and now lens
  • Become familiar with the significance of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site and the local Ipswich region in Queensland’s industrial, economic and social development
  • Use a range of sources to provide historical evidence 
  • Recognise the short- and long-term impacts of the Industrial Revolution that influenced changes in Queensland industries, technologies, environments, and ways of living and working

Learning Outcomes

  • Making connections between historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors
  • Observing, identifying and interpreting objects and sites to devise an inquiry or draw conclusions (e.g. about materials, histories, energy transfer, employment conditions, etc.)
  • Explaining changes in technologies resulting from the Industrial Revolution and the resultant changing ways of living and working
  • Celebrating museum collections and the role of a museum in documenting change

Program resources

This program is supplemented by comprehensive resources to complement your Museum excursion. The Teacher Guide and Student Workbook include options for before, during and after your visit.

Session Details

  • Program led by Museum staff
  • $6.00 per student. Supervising adults FREE
  • Minimum 10 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.