History Festival Poetry Takeover

History Festival Poetry Takeover


Let’s change the way students participate in South Australia’s History Festival in May 2020!

Throughout May, all schools throughout South Australia are invited to participate in a poetry-developing activity. 

We want to encourage you to engage with museums and interpret museum collections in a different way. What does local history mean to you? Why are objects important and why should we care? Why would a museum have that particular object on display? What’s the story?

Targeting HASS and English students from Years 4-11, students will be invited to pick a museum object, digital or non-digital, and write a poem relating to the theme ‘changing identities’. It could be a haiku, a stanza, a verse, or a slam, written or recorded. Whatever form is most interesting.

Submissions can be written, or audio or video files, along with a picture of the object. At the end of May, the History Trust will share the poems through the History Festival Facebook and Instagram page (@historyfestival). 

We encourage you to visit your local museum and engage with their collections objects or access digital objects from the History Trust collections. To book a museum visit, please contact your museum of choice directly.

Please note, Poetry Takeover sessions do not need to be registered as an event for the program.

Stay tuned for more information in early 2020.

The Poetry Takeover exercise will also feature as a Children’s University monthly challenge in May 2020. Please check the website cuaustralasia.com for more details.


For more information about the Poetry Takeover please contact:

Madelena Bendo, Education Manager
History Trust of South Australia
8207 7692 or mbendo@history.sa.gov.au

To book a visit to a History Trust museum, visit: https://history.sa.gov.au/education/