Then and Now Yr 2-3

Then and Now - Investigating Yesteryear, Today

Audience: Years 2-3
Duration: allow 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will be hourly to include reset period.
Curriculum: HASS - History, Geography | Technologies - Design and Technologies (some reference to products, services, systems and environments are explored in this program)
Monday - Thursday, Terms 1 - 4, weeks 2 - 9  


Life for families in Queensland’s past looked different from today. This session explores how technology has changed and how life in “the olden days” may have looked to a child 100 years ago.


Guided investigations help students make connections between people and places and to compare communities, lifestyles and technologies.


This program references historical artifact collections from the Queensland Museum Network in the context of a family who lived in Ipswich in 1910. Groups interpret the past and present using stories, images and objects within the historical backdrop of the former Ipswich Railway Workshops.

Students will

  • Engage in guided discussion about a child in early Ipswich, using landmarks, photos and objects to tell their story
  • Examine lifestyles (toys, fashion, architecture, technology and social standards), allowing then and now comparisons
  • Celebrate the importance of the Ipswich Railway Workshops and history of the Ipswich region
  • Understand how a range of sources can provide historical evidence

Learning Outcomes

  • Making connections between people and places, past and present
  • Observing, interpreting and identifying familiar and unfamiliar objects
  • Observing, interpreting and identifying familiar and unfamiliar places
  • Developing curiosity and imagination
  • Building skills to understanding ourselves and others
  • 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

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.