Hands on World War I

Duration: 2 hours
Onsite excursion
Stage 5

An awe-inspiring opportunity for students to handle authentic artefacts from World War I.


A white gloves experience for students to learn how to handle, analyse and care for authentic artefacts and manuscripts from the First World War. 

Students will develop skills of historical inquiry as they work to solve an intriguing history mystery, and consider the following through close analysis of the primary sources:

  • the scope and nature of warfare
  • the impact of the war on returned soldiers 
  • the nature of the Anzac legend


Curriculum outcomes


HT5-1 explains and assesses the historical forces and factors that shaped the modern world and Australia

HT5-5 identifies and evaluates the usefulness of sources in the historical inquiry process

HT5-9 applies a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past

Joint program

Make the most of your excursion with a joint visit to the Anzac Memorial and the State Library. 

At the State Library, your students will have the chance to handle, analyse and care for authentic artefacts and manuscripts from the First World War in the Hands On World War I workshop. 

Your visit to the Anzac Memorial includes your choice between the Anzac War Horses or Devoted Service programs. Both workshops feature a moving piece of live theatre, a tour of the Anzac Memorial building, and an opportunity to discover the stories of Australians who served throughout the First World War in the Memorial’s Centenary Exhibition. 

Simply get in touch with either the Anzac Memorial or State Library teams, and we’ll organise both parts of your excursion for you.

This double program can accommodate a maximum of 120 students in one day. 

Visit the Anzac Memorial website for more information about their programs.

Before you visit


Excursion Summary


$230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups 16 - 30 students.


Monday - Friday during term time


2 hours

Minimum supervision ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

State Library of New South Wales

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414