Then and Now: Upstairs Downstairs, coming to Geelong in 2024!

The historic Barwon Grange, on the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong, is ready to welcome in students for a day of historical fun and discovery.

Then and Now: Upstairs Downstairs

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Education team offers a full day program with professional facilitators who run a variety of activities suitable for students from Foundation to Level 6 in groups of between 30 and 60 students. Students will engage in four activities: a tour of the house focusing on “then and now” comparisons; a teacher-led discovery trail of the gardens; servant’s work in the laundry; and teacher-led 19th century games on the lawn. The program focuses on the central inquiry question:

What differences and similarities can be observed between the past and today at Barwon Grange? 

This program is perfect for Foundation to Level 2 teachers wanting students to compare the past with the present with various thematic touchpoints such as the life of children, games, technologies, fashions, and entertainment. This is an ideal program for “Then and Now” studies and covers curriculum requirements in History, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Capabilities. 

Curriculum links
Subject Strand Sub-strand Content descriptions At Barwon Grange students will… 
History Historical Concepts and Skills Historical Sources as Evidence Identify the content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places or events (VCHHC054) Be introduced to many primary artefacts that align strongly with local history of both the upper class and domestic servants.  
Identify perspectives about changes to daily life from people in the past or present (VCHHC055) Explore Barwon Grange and pinpoint similarities and differences between it and their own homes and experience the life of people of different walks of life from the past through servants’ activities and historic children’s games. 
Historical Knowledge Personal Histories How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating and describing time (VCHHK060) Be introduced to the concept of time, and how the past and the present are linked.  
Community Histories  The effect of changing technology on people’s lives and their perspectives on the significance of that change (VCHHK065) Explore the differences in historic household technologies through visual examples presented in Barwon Grange, and experience the work of servants in the past, and how household chores have changed over time. 
Personal and Social Capability Social Awareness and Management Collaboration Name and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006) Work together collaboratively to complete servants tasks and participate in old fashioned games.  
Critical and Creative Thinking Reasoning Compare and contrast information and ideas in own and others reasoning (VCCCTR005) Discuss the similarities and differences between life in the 1800s and today for different types of people.  

Further program details

AvailableMonday-Friday during school terms.
Duration:4 hours from 10am to 2pm.
Numbers:30-60 students (1:10 teacher/carer to student ratio)
Resources:Teachers will receive a detailed resource pack that includes suggested pre- and post-visit activities upon booking.

Social Script for teachers and parents of students on the autism spectrum.
Cost:$15 per student
Health & Safety:Click here to access the Barwon Grange Education Task Risk Assessment document.
BookingsTo book: Online bookings form

For enquiries: call 9656 9817

Barwon Grange

Then and Now: Upstairs Downstairs, coming to Geelong in 2024!


25 Fernleigh Street
Newtown, VIC 3220

03 9656 9800
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“The students were engaged in the activities the entire time and had lots of stories to share at the end of the day. The activities were engaging and fun and they provided excellent educational benefits for students. It was great to provide students with a lived experience of life in the past.”

Teacher feedback, Then and Now: Como House. November, 2023

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