Teaching the Value of Archaeology

To many people archaeology embodies adventure, excitement, very old things and, of course, thanks to the Indiana Jones franchise, unfortunately Nazis. The image of Indiana Jones, Hollywood’s archetypal archaeologist, has been burned into the minds of the “baby boomer” generation. These days, finding anyone under the age of 20 who has seen these films is an adventure in itself. Archaeology is so much more than “digging up old stuff” and putting it into a museum; it plays an important role in society, more than most people realise. Instilling that idea into a student’s mind is a definite challenge.

Curiosity plays an important role in the public perception of archaeology and history. Why are people so fascinated by King Tut and the Pyramids? It has to be more than, “they look pretty cool” right? Well, that’s because it is. Human beings have a natural desire to know more about where they have come from, especially if it relates to themselves. There is no doubt that there is economic value associated with archaeology as well. Museums all over the world are …

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Antique, Vintage or Just Plain Old?

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Indeed this statement is so true! Have you ever heard the stories of the families that had a special item at home that they were absolutely SURE would make them an overnight millionaire because it belonged to great-grandmother Betty who said it was a special antique family heirloom?

Well great-grandmother Betty had told grandmother Mary, who told her daughter Amy, who then told her niece Natalie it was special and had been in the family for generations. Natalie then took it to be appraised and discovered (to her horror) that it was indeed in their family for generations, but was worth absolutely nothing apart from the knowledge it was special.

So how do you know that your old family antiques are actually antiques and not just… old?

What is an Antique?

Today everything seems to be called an antique!

Generally speaking, an antique is any work of art, piece …

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Vikings – Common Myths and Misconceptions!

Who were the Vikings?

With the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology’s  Viking Family Fun Week fast approaching, I started thinking about which costume ideas my kids would find most appealing. Of course, me being a stickler for period accuracy, I decided to head to the internet to find out more about the Vikings and how they lived..

For over three centuries, the shout of ‘Vikings!’ struck fear in the hearts of men, women and children. But the seafaring Norsemen (who we call Vikings) were so much more than just raiders and savages. They were excellent farmers and through using their sailing skills they established elaborate trade routes and settled in many of the lands they plundered.

 

True or False?

1. Vikings Spent all their time Raiding

False! It seems a bit crazy, but while the Vikings did raid (it was an excellent source of income) most of the Vikings were farmers! They herded cattle, goats, sheep and pigs, and planted barley, rye, oats and …

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excavating a Viking horn at the Abbey Museums School Holiday Family Fun week

Kids Dig It – Viking School Holiday Family Fun

Even the occasional shower of rain cannot douse the enthusiasm of the many young people who have been visiting the Abbey Museum over the last few days to participate in our Viking School Holiday Family Fun program. The rain is falling gently from the skies, but still the kids are lining up sword and shield in hand waiting eagerly for instructions and more importantly, the whistle that tells them it is time to do battle. The high pitched whistle pierces the grey skies and heralds the drumming sound of sword on shield as these junior Viking warriors advance across the grounds to face yet another group of eager warriors. The Viking warrior training is without doubt one of the most popular activities being offered during the Viking School Holiday Family Fun program at the Abbey Museum.

Archery – a popular Viking School Holiday Activity

Right up there with the Warrior training is the ever popular archery. In the past …

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From the Directors Diaries … A Definite Rout

When not running the Abbey Museum one of my favourite pastimes is baking. Far be for it for me to skite, but the birthday cakes I cook for the Museum staff are legendary. And my pastry, well… it is a recipe passed down through the family, and is sooo delicious that I have often had requests for the recipe… but as we all know there is always one family recipe that “if I told you about it I would have to”… well lock you in a deep dungeon and throw away the keys… just kidding, of course, but it is still very delicious.

One of my favourite times of year at the Abbey Museum is Picnic at Pemberley, our annual Regency themed event because it gives me the opportunity to research and bake recipes from that period for our guests at this special event.

This year I am trying out Rout Cakes. From my research I learnt that “during the Regency evenings were much the rage. The word rout, synonymous with large unruly gatherings, soon came …

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The number 1 way to deliver new history curriculum outcomes

Visit the Abbey Museum for our Indigenous, first contact, medieval, and ancient civiliations education programs, all designed to meet the criteria of the new national curriculum.

We have so many schools come to experience our fantastic education programs, and our Archaeological Digs are all time favourites.

We bet you didn’t realise that students as young as 5, in Prep can also experience the thrill of digging up Ancient Egypt?

Recently some students from St.Michael’s College visited the  Museum to participate in a specially designed hands on experience, they excavated, they learned about mummification (very much enjoying wrapping up a classmate), they dressed up in authentic Egyptian dress and had their faces painted.

Our education programs are specially designed to be fun whilst at the same time teaching historical knowledge and understanding, and historical skills.

We hope you enjoy watching the delight on the faces of the little ones as they carefully excavate replica objects from the dig, the team work is priceless and the commitment to the process …

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Fun things for kids to do in Brisbane

There was a time, not so long ago, when fun things for kids to do in Brisbane did not include museums.  Kids in museums were not a good mix.  Noisy, curious, un-heeding little strangers were seen more of an inconvenience to be ‘Shushed!’ than engaged with.  As in libraries, where the signs of ‘Silence!’ left no more to be said, museums did not wave the ‘Kids Welcome!’ flag.  But thank goodness! …..no longer!  As methods of learning have evolved from theory to hands-on over the years , and as inquiring minds are recognized for the brightness  they reflect and the promise they show, who should be made more welcome to these amazing institutions of learning, than kids? At the Abbey Museum, we think Kids in Museums rock!

A core visions of the Abbey Museum is the provision of quality cultural and educational experiences for children and hence the carefully chosen education programs at the Abbey Museum have embraced the principle of welcoming kids in museums.    We have a myriad of activities that will engage and stimulate your children’s imaginations, a …

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