The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Centre for Learning and Discovery has developed specialised programs for students and resources for teachers and educators related to The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War. Please see below for more information.

Programs for students

Introductory Tour
A guided introduction to the exhibition. Who were the Tasmanians that went to war half a world away, why did the conscription debates become so divisive and why did young Aboriginal men sign up to fight for an Empire that had invaded their ancestors’ land and denied them rights as citizens?
A 1-hour tour suitable for secondary students. Click here to book

Live Virtual Tour
Unable to visit the museum? Join us for a live virtual tour of this exhibition. Key themes are explored in this dynamic program, beamed directly into your classroom. Reliable internet connection and ICT hardware are required. A 30-minute tour suitable for secondary students. Click here to book

World War I: Tasmanians at Home
With thousands of men half a world away fighting in the trenches of Europe, how did the people of Tasmania cope? Students will explore the stories of grieving families searching for missing sons and explore the divisive debates around conscription during the war. The program will also explore why the young Aboriginal men of Cape Barren and Flinders Island signed up to fight in such numbers, at the very time they were denied their rights as citizens. 100 years later, what is the legacy of World War I for Tasmania? A 1.5 hour program suitable for upper primary students.

Term 2 Dates:  5, 6, 7, 8 May 2015 FULL
Term 3 Dates: 15, 16, 17 September 2015
Term 4 Dates: 10, 11, 12, 13 November 2015
Times: 10:00 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:00pm
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Resources for teachers

Teacher’s Guide
Developed to assist teachers undertaking self-guided group tours, this guide explores the main themes of the exhibition and will ensure students have a rich and rewarding experience delving into the impact of WWI on Tasmania and Tasmanians.

Download the Teacher’s Guide