Over 50,000 students attend our onsite programs and incursions annually in humanities, history, legal studies and maths.


Education Programs

School bookings are made using the online booking form below.

To learn more about our programs contact 03 9656 9889 or email bookings@nattrust.com.au

For a guide to all of our programs you can download our National Trust Education Programs booklet

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Book your schools programs here

Simply fill in our online booking form with your details to make a booking request

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Primary Excursions

Como House - Primary Program

With four activities over a full day, students will really get an idea of Now and Then in the context of an early local Melbourne family and their celebrations in the distant past.


Mrs Sargood - Incursion

Let the past come to your classroom and give your students a real experience with Mrs Sargood who can explain what past life was like first hand and give lessons in copper plate hand writing.


Old Melbourne Gaol - Guided Tours

Examine Melbourne's early history, the story of the goldfields and come face-to-face with Ned Kelly.


Old Melbourne Gaol - Court Room Dramas

Re-enact a Court Room trial of the Ned Kelly or Elizabeth Scott historic crime cases


Polly Woodside - Primary Program

Try your hand as a real Able Seaman from the 19th Century and learn the ropes. Learn about the hardship for early settlers aboard a ship.


Rippon Lea House and Garden - Primary program

Go back in time using a real Time Machine to explore a real mansion. Try old fashioned games and work as a servant for a day.


Secondary Programs

Old Melbourne Gaol - Court Room Dramas

Choose from 5 trials including contemporary trials like Respect Me and Culpable Driving


Old Melbourne - Guided Gaol Tours

You can now select from four tours that explore Melbourne's social history from a variety of perspectives.


Old Melbourne Gaol - Watch House Experience

Experience the legal process first hand with our Charge Sergeants.


Polly Woodside - Maths@Sea

Problem solve your way through the life of an Able Bodied Seaman. An ability to manage maths was essential to survival at sea.

Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea House and Garden - VCE Geography

Learn more about Geography in the vast outdoor area of the Rippon Lea gardens. Look at the subject matter from a different angle in new surrounds.


Tertiary and Adult learning school groups

Guided House Tours for Tertiary/ESL groups

Visit one of our historic properties for a guided house tour and to learn more about local stories, families and how Melbourne used to be - great for adult learning and ESL groups.


Old Melbourne Gaol - Court Room Dramas

Re-enact a court trial to learn more about the legal system during the time of Ned Kelly or Elizabeth Scott


Old Melbourne Gaol - Guided Gaol Tours

Let one of our experienced guides teach your students more about this historic site and the inmates who once stayed here.


Old Melbourne Gaol - Watch house Experience

Allow our police sergeant to show your students what it was like to be processed for a crime before being sent to court


Education Booking Request / Enquiry Form

School bookings should be made 14 days or more in advance of the visit date.

Students gained an insight into Melbourne's criminal past and what it would have been like to be a convicted criminal and the conditions that they faced. The court room drama gave students a real-life experience about what it would be like if that situation occurred.

Teacher feedback from Steve, August 2016

Education Resources

How was the Gaol run?

Scroll through the narrative galleries below to explore how the Melbourne Gaol represented nineteenth century ideas of using punishment as a way of reforming

Who was sent to the Gaol?

Scroll through the narrative galleries below to explore the reasons why many different types of people might end up in gaol in the second half of the

Why was the Gaol built?

Scroll through the narrative galleries below to discover the story of the Melbourne Gaol and where it sits within Victoria’s criminal justice history.

Virtually There 3D Resources

Take a virtual visit of our historic sites using new 3D technology. This application lets you wander around our sites and see them just as though you could

VCE Geography

Rippon Lea became the 33rd site to be included on the prestigious National Heritage List in 2006 and it is a significant tourist venue attracting over 80,000

History In Place

The History in Place program encourages students from primary school to visit a local heritage site and produce their own documentary video about a subject

3D Interactive Court Room

Click here to open the Interactive Court Room.   Judge/Magistrate The Judge presides over the court and deals with any legal issues that arise during the

Heritage at your Touch

Take your students on a virtual tour of a real colonial house and meet the people who lived there and examine their things!

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