When we engage with an object that has a connection to a time that we have strong viewpoints or fixed beliefs about, we are transported to a new way of seeing.
What do we know about these things that existed at the time of the First World War? What can we infer about the times and the different way of life these people experienced? What stories do these objects impart to us?
The perspective from which we learn and imagine the events or people who these objects represent, is greatly altered when we use all of our senses to explore. To stand in the shoes of another becomes possible when we recognise the possibilities that these objects give us to imagine. To access empathy and deep understanding for a place in time that we have not encountered is possible through the objects that were handled there.
This way of engaging with history can turn the un-engagable into an inquiring mind. In this workshop, both orthodox and unorthodox object interpretation methods will be used as a starting point for exploring State Library of Queensland’s First World War collection items.
The workshop is facilitated by social worker and poet Louise Moriarty. Using her love of unusual objects and their owners as inspiration, together you will explore how much more you know about history than what meets the eye and how to inspire students to experience their many ways of knowing.
Louise Moriarty is a social ecologist, social worker, writer, poet and performance artist. She has worked in schools and communities around the world, engaging young people to have a love of life-long learning, particularly through poetry, journaling and circus. She has written approximately 5,000 personal poetry portraits for people and loves to write the story of objects.
This professional development session is part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
Participants are required to be current or pre-service educators teaching the Australian National Curriculum