Ayers House Museum

For schools

For schools



Ayers House is a unique learning environment for students of all ages.  It preserves a significant legacy of Australia’s colonial history, including the grand public spaces like the State Dining Room and the working areas where servants toiled to support the household.

The National Trust of South Australia have prepared a series of resources to help teachers and students explore the value of heritage in fun and surprising ways.

Ayers House - Daring and Dancing

Daring and Dancing

Year: Level 5

Duration: 90-120 minutes

It is 1880 and a group of children newly arrived to the colony visit Ayers House hoping to find the Ayers children at home. The Ayers children are not home, however their governess asks them to stay. She does this in order to find out if these children have the requisite attributes and skills that will serve them well in the colony. In the course of their visit they will show they can sing, dance and sew. Will they be found fit to call?

Activities: Dancing, elocution, singing and sewing

Numbers: 1 class, approximately 30 students

Curriculum Context: History
The year 5 curriculum provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800’s. Students look at the founding of British colonies. They learn what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period

Location: Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

Public transport information: Train to Adelaide Railway Station or us to I2 (or Royal Adelaide Hospital) North Terrace

Cost: $7 per student

Available days/times: Tuesday-Thursday mornings

Booking information: learning@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au or (08) 8223 1234

Spit and Polish

Year: Level 2
Duration: 90-120 minutes

Balls are hard work, for the servants anyway! It is time for the Ayers family to throw one of their famous balls. The invitations have been sent, the ballroom floor has been washed with milk, the musicians have been booked, and now all that is needed are some extra servants. Accordingly, the housekeeper has placed an advertisement in the Register. In answer to the advertisement a group visits Ayers house where they have to prove that they have what it takes to be employed there.
This program looks at Ayers House through the lens of domestic servants’ experience of Colonial life. The program is conducted by the Housekeeper who shows prospective servants around the house with the intention of hiring extra hands for an upcoming ball.
Activities: Polishing, weighing, tray relay, bell games.
Numbers: 1 class, approximately 30 students
Location: Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.
Public transport information: Train to Adelaide Railway Station or us to I2 (or Royal Adelaide Hospital) North Terrace.
Curriculum Context: History, Geography, Maths, Technologies.
Cost: $7 per student.
Available days/times: Tuesday-Thursday mornings.
Booking information: learning@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au or (08) 8223 1234.

School Program Price:  $7.00 per student (with 1 teacher per 10 students free of charge)

Bookings and enquiries: Call (08) 8223 1234 or email learning@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au.

Tours of the Old Adelaide Treasury are also available for Years 5 and above, and can be combined with a visit to Ayers House to create a half day excursion at $12 per student.

Teachers can combine a visit to Ayers House and/or the old Treasury with a self guided tour.

Get started with the Adelaide City Explorer website  or visit the App Store.

The National Trust or South Australia also offers school programs at various other heritage sites. You can view the learning brochure here.