Books and More: Perth Experiences

What do families do on a day out in Perth?  Did children enjoy the same experiences around Perth that they do now? How have these experiences changed over time?

In this guided workshop, students delve into a history box to explore the State Library collections. Students identify examples of continuity and change in photographs, maps, newspaper articles and ephemeral items; examining how primary source materials can shed light on the past. They compare visits to Perth attractions in the past to what those experiences are like today.  

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Download the Pre and Post Activity Sheet [PDF] for ideas on how to further expand on the concepts taught in this hands-on workshop, back in the classroom.

Students will:

  • Engage with primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Compare and contrast items from the past and the present.
  • Reflect on their own personal experiences and how they may be similar or different to those of people in the past.
  • Gain an understanding of the role of libraries in the local community.
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Bookings are essential for all school visits. If you would like to book an educational experience for your students, complete a workshop request form, call 9427 3202 or email  All education visits are free of charge.

Last updated on: 6 February 2020