Escape from Pompeii

School programs: 31 March – 30 August 2017

Escape from Pompeii The Untold Roman Rescue

Discover the story of Pompeii and the Roman Navy with a fascinating excursion, workshop or symposium.

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  • Programs

    Programs

    Make a booking / Contact us

    Email: bookings@anmm.gov.au
    Phone: (02) 9298 3655

    COMBINED SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Nicholson Museum (Sydney University)
    Museum of Ancient Cultures (Macquarie University)

    Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".

    School Programs at the Museum

    EDUCATOR-LED TOURS: HISTORY, ENGLISH, SCIENCE, VISUAL ARTS

    Explore the exhibition with our museum educators through discussion, observation, inquiry tasks and hands-on activities. Includes the dramatic film A Day in the Life of Pompeii, a history-focussed trail booklet for Years 5 – 8 and a source-based activity for senior students. Visual Arts students may like to concentrate on the artworks and jewellery, while English students using Pompeii as a central theme will find the exhibition inspiring. Special science tours will run through the month of August (see Science of Vesuvius). Versions for all age groups.
    $7.00 per student

    ITALIAN LANGUAGE TOURS: VERSIONS AVAILABLE FOR YEARS 5 - 10

    This tour is for students of Italian and encourages them to think and engage with the exhibits while practising their language skills. Our museum educators talk about the displays in English, then students try out some of the fun and informative Italian language activities in our specially-designed activity book. There are things to draw and label, quizzes, artefacts to find and topics to talk about, all based on amazing objects from Pompeii and Herculaneum. As part of their cultural studies, students also learn about the geography and history of the Campania area, the disaster of Vesuvius and the life and times of the people of Pompeii.
    $7.00 per student.

    MARITME ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP: STAGE 6 HISTORY

    Add the workshop component of our Senior Maritime Archaeology program to your tour of Escape from Pompeii – the Untold Roman Rescue. Although the content is modern history-based, the archaeology works on the same principles and procedures as investigating ancient sites. Using artefacts from a 19th-century shipwreck, students explore the process of investigating underwater sites and the discipline of maritime archaeology. This is a processes-based workshop looking at the discipline of maritime archaeology, NOT a study of Roman shipwrecks.
    $15.00 per student

    WHAT IS HISTORY? WORKSHOP: STAGE 4/YEAR 7 HISTORY

    A hands-on workshop relating to the Investigating the Past Depth Study. Using Pompeii as a case study, discover how museums use sources to reconstruct, interpret and conserve the past. Also look at the role of science and geography in investigating history. Includes an educator-led tour of the exhibition and the dramatic film A Day in the Life of Pompeii.
    $12.00 per student

    COMBINED PROGRAMS WITH UNIVERSITIES: YEARS 7 – 12 HISTORY

    For a fascinating educational full day out combine a visit to Escape from Pompeii – The Untold Roman Rescue with an archaeology program at either the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University OR the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University. Book a combined program for the same day and receive a discount of $1.00 per student at each venue.  Teachers should book the university programs separately.

    HISTORICAL FICTION COMPETITION: YEARS 7 – 8 HISTORY AND ENGLISH

    Using Pompeii in 79 AD as a setting, students develop a work of historical fiction based on real events, focussing on historical perspective and empathy. The competition runs from 31 March – 31 July, with winners announced in August. Details will appear on our website from 31 March.
    Free

    THE SCIENCE OF VESUVIUS – MONTH OF AUGUST ONLY: YEARS 5 – 8 SCIENCE

    August is Science of Vesuvius month so join us for this special program that investigates the science behind the volcanic events at Pompeii, how conservation is carried out and the process of maritime archaeology. Join our science-focussed tours of the exhibition and a hands-on workshop to explore how volcanoes work, the geological processes around the eruption and how heat affects states of matter.
    $12.00 per student. 

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME (WELL…POMPEII): Years 5 – 12 HISTORY - SOLD OUT

    Take over the museum for full day Roman Festival! Activities include a visit to the exhibition and film, hands-on activities drawn from everyday Roman life including bread-making, art classes, gladiator shows, oratory performances and a Latin school. There’s even a community fresco to paint and a Tent of Antiquities for budding archaeologists! Prizes for best-dressed Romans and archaeologists!  
    $12.00 per student. 

    SENIOR HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: YEAR 12 ANCIENT HISTORY- SOLD OUT

    Features a panel discussion with specialists on Pompeii, including a keynote address by renowned historian and scholar Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. The program also includes a Q&A session, an historical inquiry task for students, a visit to the exhibition and the dramatic film A Day in the Life of Pompeii. $15.00 per student.


    How do our Programs fit with the Curriculum?

    HISTORY

    NSW

    Stage 4 - The Ancient World

    Depth Study 1: Investigating the Past (ACOKFH003; ACDSEH001; ACDSEH029; ACDSEH030; ACDSEH148)
    Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World: Rome (ACDSEH004; ACDSEH038; ACDSEH039; ACDSEH040)
    Outcomes: HT4-1; HT4-2; HT4-3; HT4-5; HT4-6; HT4-8; HT4-9; HT4-10

    Stage 6 Ancient History

    NSW: Part I: Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Outcomes: H1.1; H2.1; H3.1; H3.2; H3.3; H3.4; H3.5; H3.6; H4.1; H4.1

    Also suitable for a Stage 5 school-developed elective

    AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

    Year 7 – The Ancient World

    Overview: ACOKFH003
    Depth Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past (ACDSEH001; ACDSEH029; ACDSEH030; ACDSEH148)
    Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World: Rome (ACDSEH004; ACDSEH038; ACDSEH039; ACDSEH040)

    Senior Ancient History

    Unit 4: Reconstructing the Ancient World Pompeii and Herculaneum, 80 BC – AD 79 
    (ACHAH365 - 379; ACHAH382 - 384

    ENGLISH

    AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

    Resources for the improvement of English and literacy education
    Resource Unit: Imagining Ancient Rome
    http://e4ac.edu.au/units/year-7p

    PRIMARY SCHOOLS

    Most suitable for Stage 3 student looking at historical enquiry or as part of an integrated unit using Pompeii as a central element

    OTHER SUBJECTS

    • Senior science - the cause and impact of Earth hazards (tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions)                           
    • Year 8/9 science – geology (formation of rock types), earth sciences (volcanoes), states of matter
    • Year 7/8 Geography – land forms and geomorphological hazards (volcanic eruptions)
    • Years 8 – 12 Visual Arts – form (mosaic, sculpture, fresco), design styles, appropriation
    Loaf of bread from Herculaneum carbonised by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  79 AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di NapoliBracelet, in the form of a snake, from Pompeii.  Gold, 1st century AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli Fresco of Narcissus from Pompeii.  1st century AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di NapoliPlate found with fruit seeds from the Roman port of Ostia.  4th century AD. Scavi di Ostia Antica
  • Historical fiction competition

    Historical fiction competition

    About the competition

    Students compose a creative piece where Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD is the central element. The work can be ONE of the following text-types:

    • a short story  
    • a memoir 
    • a letter 
    • a series of diary entries

    We encourage creative thinking about how to incorporate the Pompeii story, setting and characters, and the perspective from which the story is told. Use one of our ‘Story Starters’ or develop your own approach. We also suggest students undertake some historical research on Pompeii so their work is based on reliable source material. Our on-line image gallery or booking a visit to the exhibition is a good start!

    There are some great prizes to be won and entry is free!

    Further Information

    • The competition is free to enter and is open to Years 7 & 8 only
    • Word limit is minimum 500 words to maximum 1000 words
    • Closing date is 5.00pm AEST 30 August 2017
    • Winners will be announced 30 September 2017 by email and on the ANMM website
    • Entries will be short-listed and judged by a panel of museum staff
    • Judging criteria:
      • Pompeii is a central element in the work
      • Entries show good understanding of text-type form and structure
      • Entries fit the Historical Fiction genre format
      • Creative interpretation of the topic
      • Suitable writing technique and engaging style
      • Language appropriate to the audience
      • Engaging and historically appropriate storyline

    Prizes

    1st: $400, book prize, work published in the museum’s quarterly periodical Signals

    2nd: $200

    3rd: $100

    Highly Commended (5): book prize

    Every entrant will receive a certificate of participation

    Story Starter ideas

    Think creatively about how to incorporate Pompeii into your work. Here are some suggestions – use one of these or think of your own interpretation:

    1. you could be one of the survivors or a family member of someone who perished
    2. you could be an archaeologist or scientist in the 19th, 20th, 21st century or beyond
    3. you could be Pliny the Elder’s friend Rectina – we don’t know what happened to her
    4. You could be someone who lives near Pompeii now – what might happen to involve you?
    5. You could use an artefact or personal item to link back to the eruption in 79 AD  

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    By entering the competition you agree to the following Terms & Conditions and declare that the entry is entirely the student’s own work.

    • Entries must be within the word limit (500 – 1000 words)
    • Late entries will not be accepted
    • Entrants must be in Year 7 or 8
    • Entries must be received via the competition email (see website)
    • All fields on the entry email must be completed
    • Works can be used and published at ANMM discretion
    • Entries must be school authorised and submitted by a classroom teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Principal or School Principal, or a specified supervising adult for Home School entrants. No parent or individual student entries will be accepted.
    • Entries must be submitted as a PDF or Word doc. attachment
    • Entries must have a title and the student’s name, school and teacher’s name clearly visible
    • One entry per person, individual entries only
    • Cash prizes will be direct-deposited into a parent or legal guardian’s bank account – details to be supplied to ANMM once winners are announced
    • The judges’ decision is final