Small Object Big Story Exhibition 2009

The exhibition launch provided the opportunity for students to talk to parents and invited guests about the process of researching and telling stories of migration.
Melbourne Girls’ College student with her exhibit.
Image: Jan Molloy
Source: Museum Victoria

Melbourne Girls College

Students participated in an action research project with a focus on migration stories as part of the Year 10 History curriculum. The class attended three workshop sessions at the Immigration Museum and one at school – facilitated by Jan Molloy from the museum.

The students used Small Object Big Story to develop their research project, and had the opportunity to shape its outcome with the broader community. The project was supported with a $1000 grant from the Australian Government’s Promoting intercultural diversity through values and civics and citizenship education fund.

The process of involving young people in the collection of other people’s stories, designing a professional exhibition, and sharing the experience with the wider community, recognises that 'Cultural Diversity' as exemplified in schools, is valuable for both personal and civic development. The school, in partnership with the Immigration Museum, aims to make this 'real world' experience significant for the students and useful for the wider community.

Image Gallery

Images from Melbourne Girls' College SOBS exhibition. Student's researched migration stories and developed exhibition installations.  Using photographs as part of research and as the focus for the exhibit. Community participation - launch of exhibition. Teachers, parents, and invited guests. Beginning the SOBS project - researching migration stories at the Immigration Discovery Centre in the Immigration Museum. Investigating in the 'Getting In' Gallery.