So my mum was in Canberra this week on school camp. She's moved campuses this year, so it was a combined grade 5/6 camp. As per usual, they came to the museum. Mum asked me to come and give them a 5-10 minute spiel about gallery development and why museums change. That was all fine, because there's usually a visitor services host to give them an introduction to the museum and its various galleries.
But this time, they didn't book a visitor services host for whatever reason. Which I found out when I got over to the main hall and was confronted with 50-60 small children... O-kay. Fine, I'll just add in some stuff about why we don't have dinosaurs...
So I gave them the spiel that I'd planned out. Which included a description of how we're using objects to tell the stories of places as well as people. And I used John Batman as an example. Now, *I* spent very little time at primary school in Australia, but during the 18 months that I *did* do here, there was a decent chunk of time (like, a term?) in which we studied the foundation of Melbourne and John Batman and the Henty family.
I foolishly assumed that because I'd studied it in grade 3 or 4, that by grades 5 and 6 they would have too. Instead it went like this:
Me: So, one of the objects going into the new gallery is the Batman land deed. Have you guys learnt about John Batman and the founding of Melbourne?
60 small children: [blank looks]
Me: [looks around at teachers]
Teacher: Um. I don't think so. No...
Me: Oh. O-kay... *awkward pause*
I bet they were all thinking of something like this:
Cos that's TOTALLY how Melbourne was founded... Honestly, the youth of today! *sigh*