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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    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

    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 (see details below).

    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.


    Virtual Excursions

    SOURCES IN ANCIENT HISTORY: YEAR 12 ANCIENT HISTORY

    23 May 10.30am - 11.30am and 25 May 2pm - 3pm

    A Q&A with renowned historian and scholar Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill focussing on his work in Pompeii and how to interpret sources in history.

    A rare chance to meet two eminent experts in Roman history:

    Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill – Professor of Roman Studies and Head of Research (Classics) at the University of Cambridge; Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project; historian, Classical archaeologist and author. 

    Associate Professor Peter Keegan – Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts, and Associate Professor in Roman history at Macquarie University; expert in Roman epigraphy; graffiti and Vesuvian cities, author, historian of ancient Roman society and culture, and researcher.

    Each presenter will discuss their work and offer insights into investigating and interpreting Pompeii, with particular reference to working with primary sources. Students are invited to send their questions ahead of time so we can ensure topics of interest are covered. Our Senior Education Officer will also talk about on-line resources from the exhibition.
    $5 per student 

    SENIOR ANCIENT HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: YEAR 12 ANCIENT HISTORY
    25 May  10.00am – 11.00am

    We will broadcast this event on You Tube Live
    Join the broadcast of our Ancient History symposium on investigating the events at Pompeii in 79AD. Hear from two eminent historians about their work and experiences of Pompeii, and perspectives and approaches to interpreting sources and archaeological evidence. Following the talks, schools can join the Q&A session through Twitter or email. Our two special guests are:

    Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill – Professor of Roman Studies and Head of Research (Classics) at the University of Cambridge; Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project; historian, Classical archaeologist and author. 

    Associate Professor Peter Keegan – Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts, and Associate Professor in Roman history at Macquarie University; expert in Roman epigraphy; graffiti and Vesuvian cities, author, historian of ancient Roman society and culture, and researcher.
    Free

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    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