Photograph of a boy and girl in a toy car, the third generation of the family to use it.
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria collections, MM 110129.
Small Object Big Story provides strategies for authentic research using objects to inform studies of personal, local and community history.
Individuals and groups are invited to create their own Small Object Big Story Project using these strategies as a tool kit for historical research.
Participants will research in ways similar to a historian or museum curator by investigating an object from their family or local community – an object that has a story to tell.
Participants may also act as conservators using information provided by Museum staff on how to best look after an object, photograph or document.
Individuals and groups can use the Step by Step Guide to undertake research or choose elements of the project to assist their own path of study.
- Read through the materials provided in the Step by Step Guide to project tasks.
- View the Hands On History Showcase.
- Contact the Humanities Programs Coordinators at the Immigration Museum or Melbourne Museum to discuss possible participation in a Hands On History project at either or both of these museum venues: firstname.lastname@example.org