Go Back to the Past at Vaucluse House Live Event

  • Go Back to the Past at Vaucluse House Live Event - Image 1
  • Go Back to the Past at Vaucluse House Live Event - Image 2
  • Go Back to the Past at Vaucluse House Live Event - Image 3
Bookings are closed for this excursion.
Don’t miss this opportunity to take your Stage 1 class on a virtual journey back to the past at Vaucluse House to learn about the daily lives of the Wentworth family and their many servants, and discover how household technologies have changed over time.

As part of this experience, students will meet Annabel Crabb and the Ferrone family, stars of the ABC’s hit show Further Back in Time for Dinner. Students will visit the 1820s kitchen and discover how food preparation technologies have changed, then step outside to the laundry to discuss washing day and learn about the time consuming task of washing clothes by hand, before returning to the house to explore the larder and discover food storing and cooling techniques.

Finally, students will learn how to play children’s games from the past, such as skipping, quoits and hoops, which they can play together at school after the session.  Students will hear from Carol Ferrone and 12 year old Olivia Ferrone, and have the opportunity to ask questions about their first hand experiences of going ‘further back in time’.

The session will be via Zoom and students will engage in polls and have the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A chat.

To continue experiencing the games we demonstrate after the live event, you will need:

  • Hoops
  • Quoits
  • Skipping ropes

Stage 1 History


The Past in the Present:

·        HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time

Key inquiry question:

·        How was home life different in the past?

Bookings are closed for this excursion.

Excursion Details

Excursion Type Excursion Type Live Event
Provider Provider Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust)
Presenter Presenter SLM staff with guests Annabel Crabb and Carol and Olivia Ferrone
Contact Details Contact Details education@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 02 8239 2288
Date & Time Date & Time 19-Nov-2020 2:00pm AEDT
Duration Duration 30 -40 minutes
Bookings Close Bookings Close 19 November 2020
Availability Availability Everyone
Positions Available Positions Available 1500 Positions Available
Stage 1,Stage 2
Kindergarten,Year 1,Year 2
History,Human Society and its Environment
Modern History
Past and the Present;
Bookings are closed for this excursion.


Requirements for this excursion Requirements for this excursion

Pre-event activity: Meet the Ferrone Family

Watch the ABC TV Education Further Back in Time For Dinner: Daily Life in the Past  episode on the 1900s (10-minutes).

Alternatively, understand the ABC show Further Back in Time for Dinner bywatching this 3-minute YouTube trailer

As a class, think of one or two questions you would like to ask the Ferrone family about their experience of life in the 1900s and email these to education@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au before the day of the event. Due to the high number of schools attending this event, there will be limited opportunities for presenters to respond to live questions.

Post-event activity: Games from the past

Experience the games introduced in the live event in your classroom. You will need:

  • Hoops
  • Quoits
  • Skipping ropes


Testing and Support Testing and Support

This event is only being run by ZOOM. There is no YouTube stream.


This way we have a better guage of the number of logged in users.


 We will run this as a webinar via Zoom.

  • Download Zoom (if this is the first time you are using Zoom on that device)
  • Teacher remains in the session for the whole time
  • We recommend that you log in up to 5 mins early for the session. 
  • All meetings are password protected. 
  • You will receive the link prior to the session. Do not share this link with anyone else outside the class.

 Tips for your classroom: 


 The class can log in via one class computer so long as there is

  • a projector or smartboard that allows the students to see the deliverer- your classroom smartboard is perfect for this. 
  • speakers from either your smartboard or separate speakers (aux cable or bluetooth). Laptop speakers are inadequate for your whole classroom to hear the deliverer. 
  • If you have students learning from home they can use the link and log in from home. It can be a mixture of the two.


For more information about this excursion content For more information about this excursion content

Name: Naomi Manning

Phone: 02 8239 2288

Email: education@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Bookings are closed for this excursion.

Stay in touch & never miss a thing!