School Programs

School Programs

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Have you seen our free school resources website? Visit our Ancient History Resources for Schools for up to date resources and teaching materials developed by Macquarie University academics and students.

The Museum of Ancient Cultures and the Australian History Museum are moving to the new Arts Precinct at MQ in 2020. The museums are now closed for school programs and will reopen in August, 2020. Bookings will be available from May 2020. Please contact macbookings@mq.edu.au for bookings and inquiries at this time.

Year 7-8 (stage 4) Programs

Responds to:
Depth Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past
Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World

The MAC offers exciting and innovative archaeology workshops for Year 7 - 8 students that focus on the cultures Egypt, Greece or Rome. The ancient world is brought to life through an interactive guided tour of the Museum and a hands-on investigation of ancient artefacts. Students also have the opportunity to try their hand at the many tasks of an archaeologist by engaging with human remains, ceramic material, coins, inscriptions, organic remains and more. This allows students to develop their skills of historical enquiry, problem solving, deductive reasoning and creative thinking in order to draw meaning from the sources. Our Stage 4 program creates a memorable learning experience that will instill a passion for Ancient History that lasts well beyond your visit to the Museum of Ancient Cultures.

Essential Information

The excursion program is limited to a maximum of 90 students per day. For larger groups, we recommend either visiting us over two days or booking an incursion program. The maximum capacity for an incursion is 150 students per day.

The on-site excursion program, you visit us at the MAC:

  • Available for groups of 16-90 students per day.
  • Duration is 3 hours, 10.00am - 1.00pm.
  • Cost is $19.00+GST (total $20.90) per student, with a minimum fee of $190+GST. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

The off-site incursion program, we come to your school:

  • Available for groups of 16 - 150 students per day.
  • Timing is flexible to suit your school timetable requirements and number of students.
  • Cost is $24.00+GST (total $26.40) per student. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

Additional Information

Morning tea and lunch breaks

For on-campus excursions:

There is a short morning tea break during the program (around 11am). School groups are able to have their lunch break at the conclusion of the program at 1.00pm before returning to school. Those who bring packed lunches and drinks may sit on the grassed areas close to the Museum to have their lunch, weather permitting. Those wishing to purchase lunch on campus can do so at the University's dining facilities.

For off-campus incursions:

We can work with your school timetable to include your regular recess and lunch break if desired. Please get in touch with us to discuss.

School excursion risk management document

For teachers organising a school excursion to the Museum of Ancient Cultures, we have done the Risk Management document for you in PDF format.

Download the PDF and attach it to the documentation you need for the school excursion.

Year 9-10 (stage 5) Programs

Many schools are finding that their students have not experienced Ancient History since Year 7 and it is a distant memory by the time they make their Year 11-12 subjects selections in Year 10! Let us help you reinvigorate their love of the ancient world through our History Elective programs for students in Year 9 and 10.

The Archaeology of the Ancient World

The Stage 5 program includes a Museum tour, hands-on session with the ancient artefacts and an opportunity to practice the analytical tasks of archaeological enquiry, including the examination of ceramic material, jewellery, coins, inscriptions, (replica) human remains and more. The program encourages kinesthetic learning as each student engages with the ancient material culture in order to gain insight into the ancient human culture that produced, used and disposed of those materials.

Essential Information

The on-site excursion program:

  • For groups of 1-16 students the program duration is 2 hours, 11.00am - 1.00pm.
  • For groups of 17-90 students the program duration is 3 hours, 10.00am - 1.00pm. For larger groups, we recommend either visiting us over two days or booking an incursion program.
  • Cost is $19.00+GST (total $20.90) per student, with a minimum fee of $190+GST. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

The off-site incursion program, we come to your school:

  • Available for groups of 16 - 150 students per day.
  • Timing is flexible to suit your school timetable requirements and number of students.
  • Cost is $24.00+GST (total $26.40) per student. Schools are able to recover the GST component of the excursion.

Year 11 (Preliminary) Programs

Archaeology, Museums & Ancient History

All our programs include interactive workshops that emphasise student-led historical enquiry tasks as well as the opportunity to handle the ancient artefacts. The program includes an engaging tour of the Museum and consideration of the role of Museums, cultural heritage, the display of human remains and other associated issues. In the hands-on sessions students develop their cognitive skills by working with artefacts to practice analysis, reasoning, use of evidence, problem solving and communication. A short seminar on the Ancient Society of your choice as outlined below completes the program.

The Year 11 program has two components:

1. Responds to the Core topic: Investigating Ancient History - The Nature of Ancient History

  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Cultural Heritage and the Role of Museums
  • The Treatment and Display of Human Remains

2. Seminar topic: Features of Ancient Societies, including

  • Weapons and Warfare in Greece or Rome
  • Trade and Cultural Contact in Israel
  • Death and Funerary Customs in Egypt
  • Women in Greece, Rome or Egypt

Essential Information

For groups of 1-15 students the program duration is 2 hours, 11.00am - 1.00pm.

For groups of 16+ students the program duration is 3 hours, 10.00am - 1.00pm.

The cost of the program is $19.00+GST (total $20.90) per student, with a minimum fee of $190+GST. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

Year 12 (HSC) Programs

Our specialist HSC programs include an interactive and focused Museum tour, a university style mini-lecture and a hands-on artefact study session relevant to your chosen topic, including:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Israel and the Near East
  • Pompeii and Cities of Vesuvius

Students practice the skill of using artefacts as evidence and using evidence to form arguments and interpretations. The opportunity to handle and examine objects made and used by the culture they are studying is invaluable, as is opportunity to experience being on-campus and engaging with a tertiary style seminar. The programs are facilitated by our Education staff who are either experienced HSC teachers and markers and/or Macquarie University PhD students with exemplary tertiary teaching experience. Occasionally, for HSC groups of more than 12 students it may be possible for the mini-lecture to be delivered by one of Macquarie University's Ancient History academic lecturers. Please enquire if this is of interest.

Essential Information

For groups of 1-15 students the program duration is 2 hours, 11.00am - 1.00pm.

For groups of 16+ students the program duration is 3 hours, 10.00am - 1.00pm.

The cost of the program is $19.00+GST (total $20.90) per student, with a minimum fee of $190+GST. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

Year 5-6 (stage 3) Programs

Our exciting junior archaeology program engages students in the process of archaeological enquiry, highlighting the importance of reaching your own interpretations based on the evidence. Available as either an excursion or incursion, this workshop exposes students to the range of archaeological evidence and encourages them to “think like archaeologists” to draw meaning from the sources.

Students handle and investigate artefacts from the Museum collection, we recreate slices of the ancient world for the students to experience and we prepare archaeological material for students to piece together and interpret. The focus of the program is on the skills of observation, deductive reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. We believe meaningful learning experiences occur when students are faced with a challenge and need to devise creative solutions to solve it!

Essential Information

Excursions - you visit us at the MAC:

  • Available for groups of 16-90 students per day.
  • Duration is 3 hours, 10.00am - 1.00pm.
  • Cost is $19.00 + GST (total $20.90) per student, , with a minimum fee of $190+GST. Schools are able to recover the GST component.

Incursions - we come to your school:

  • Available for groups of 16-150 students per day.
  • Timing is flexible to suit your school timetable requirements and number of students.
  • Cost is $24.00 + GST per student (total $26.40). Schools are able to recover the GST component.

Work Experience Program

Please note - unfortunately the museum's Work Experience Program will be closed from 2019-2020 in preparation for the move to the new Arts Precinct. We look forward to accepting students again for this valuable program in 2021 in the new museum.

This popular program is open to students in Year 10 and 11 and offers an experience in the work of Museum staff, ancient historians and archaeologists. Students contribute to the management and maintenance of the artefact collection, the administration of the Museum office and the schools education program. You may conduct research on the collection, handle and identify artefacts and be involved in the Museum's conservation projects, exhibitions or field laboratory projects. The Work Experience program allows students to develop their skills of observation, investigation, logic, reasoning and interpretation as well as communication and leadership through interacting with our stakeholders including Museum staff, Ancient History academic staff and students, school groups and members of the public who visit the museum.

Places in the Work Experience Program are limited and interested students are encouraged to contact the Museum early. Please send a 1-page resume and a cover letter outlining why you would like to attend Work Experience at the Museum of Ancient Cultures to macbookings@mq.edu.au. Please also include your preferred dates and the name of your school.

School Resources

Please visit our Resources for Schools website for free Ancient History resources developed by Macquarie University academics and students.

Useful Documents

The following documents will help you plan your excursion or incursion with us.

Risk Assessment for excursions to the MAC

Terms and Conditions for MAC school programs, excursions and incursions.

Map of the Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University.

Content owner: Museum Last updated: 28 Nov 2019 3:30pm

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