Let’s change the way students and teachers participate in South Australia’s History Festival in May 2020!
Students years 4-11
Throughout May, all schools throughout South Australia are invited to participate in a poetry-developing activity.
We 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. The History Trust will share the poems on a special Poetry Takeover website and on the History Festival Facebook and Instagram pages (@historyfestival).
Updated to accommodate COVID-19 access restrictions
Due to new national social gathering measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 March, many community museums and galleries will be closed. If your local museum or gallery doesn't have a website or online galleries, students can still take part in the Poetry Takeover. Along with accessing digital objects from the History Trust collections, students may also take inspiration from other state and national collections found online. Below is just a sampling of digital collections in Australia and abroad. We'll be adding to this list as more materials become available.
History Trust of South Australia's Museums
Other digital collections and exhibitions
Recommendations from The Art Newspaper
This activity is open to students in South Australia from years 4-11. Homeschoolers are welcome to participate.
Age groups will be split into three categories:
- Years 4-6
- Years 7-8
- Years 9-11
Poems will be inspired by a museum object. Students can engage with objects by either visiting a museum, or exploring collections online.
The theme of the poem is 'changing identities' (this sits with ACARA English years 4-11).
Up to a maximum 300 words per poem.
Only one entry per student. Teachers can select their 10 best poems from the class to submit.
Each poem to be accompanied by an image of the object (please ensure you have permission to capture and share the image).
Entries to be submitted by Friday 29 May.
Connect with your local school or museum
Poetry Takeover Resources:
Reflection cards (PDF)