Online resources

Explore online resources produced and collated by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Centre for Learning and Discovery on a range of topics including art, Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, History and Climate Change.

Check back often for fresh resources, published here as they become available.

Online resources

Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture

ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition
ningina tunapri is the story of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, past and present. ningina tunapri means ‘to give knowledge and understanding’.

Voices of Aboriginal Tasmania ningina tunapri education kit - PDF 1.97 MB 

tayenebe Tasmanian Aboriginal women’s fibre work exhibition
tayenebe is a south eastern Aboriginal word meaning ‘exchange’. This exhibition, developed over three years and inspired by the desire to reconnect with the cultural craft of Ancestors, includes the work of more than twenty women aged from seven to 87 years of age, alongside historical pieces and contemporary and historical interpretive material.

tayenebe website
tayenebe interpretive resource - PDF 1.9 MB

tayenebe dance response - by Ogilvie High School, 2009

Additional Tasmanian Aboriginal educational material
Aboriginal Tasmania, Newspapers In Education 2008 - PDF 1.65 MB
Tasmanian Aboriginal audio visual resources

Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands and the Southern Ocean

Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands and the Southern Ocean

Islands to Ice: The Great Southern Ocean and Antarctica
This permanent TMAG exhibition invites you on a journey south to explore the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena that make this great southern wilderness a world of its own.

Islands to Ice education kit - PDF  4.54 MB
Floor map of exhibition - PDF 286 KB

Islands to Ice education kit - supplementary resources
Captain Cook sheet, The Mercury Newspaper - PDF 565 KB
Diagram of bathymetry of Southern Ocean - PDF 466 KB
Earliest perceptions map - PDF 574 KB
Engine of the oceans: ocean of circulation - PDF 233 KB
Food web - PDF 176 KB
Joseph Hatch product labels - PDF 272 KB
Overall map of region - PDF 243 KB
Shelter in Antarctica igloo satellite cabin  - PDF 675 KB
Shelter in Antarctica Mawson's Hut - PDF 589 KB
Southern Ocean biomass - PDF 336 KB
Web of Life diagram 1 - PDF 306 KB
Web of Life with animal names - PDF 360 KB
Whale Media Archive part 1 - PDF 1.03 MB
Whale Media Archive part 2 - PDF 708 KB
Wind chill chart - PDF 131 KB
Under the ice: cross section through Antarctica - PDF 497 KB 

Ice e-mystery global student polar e-book
In this exciting collaborative project 12 classes from Alaskan schools and 12 from Australia wrote and illustrated polar mystery stories on-line.

Ice e-mystery website

Giant squid video
This short video shows the journey of a rare giant squid after it washed up on the Tasmanian West Coast  in 2007.

Follow the story of the giant squid

Art and Decorative Arts

Art and Decorative Arts

Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture

This touring exhibition of contemporary narrative jewellery explores the sense of place and cultural identity through the theme of transplantation. Twelve artists based in the UK and Australia have explored their own sense of place and individual cultural identity as a consequence of their personal and family experiences of transplantation.

Education Guide – PDF 919KB (courtesy of The National Centre for Craft & Design)

Colonial Art

Tasmanian Colonial Decorative Arts 1803-1930
A selection of Tasmanian colonial decorative arts from the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Tasmanian Colonial Decorative Arts 1803-1930 website

Elegance in Exile
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 25 September - 4 November 2012

Portrait drawings from colonial Australia. Featuring works by Thomas Bock (1793-1855), Richard Read Snr (1765-1827), Charles Rodius (1802-1860) and Thomas Griffiths-Wainewright (1794-1847)

Elegance in Exile learning resource - PDF 1.46 MB (courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 28 November 2003 - 1 February 2004

John Glover (1767-1849) evolved innovative ways of painting the Australian landscape.

Glover education kit - PDF 954 KB

Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 14 September - 10 November 2002

One of England's great early Victorian designers, Pugin (1812-1852) made a significant contribution to the evolution of design in Australia.

Pugin education kit - PDF 2.74 MB

Contemporary Art

Pat Brassington: À Rebours

Secondary Education Kit – PDF 919KB (courtesy of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art)

Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen
Online learning resources, available here.

Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen education kit – PDF 1MB

Putting Pencil to Paper: a way to start drawing
Putting Pencil to Paper: a way to start drawing - PDF with video 15 MB
Putting Pencil to Paper: a way to start drawing - PDF print version without video 3.7 MB

Primavera 2010
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 8 October - 20 November 2011

Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual exhibition showcasing the work of Australian artists aged 35 years and younger.

Primavera 2010 education resource - PDF 854 KB
Primavera activity journal for kids - PDF 2.57 MB

MOVE video art in schools 2010
This ground-breaking contemporary art resource, produced by Kaldor Public Art Projects, featured the work of 12 leading Australian artists and was distributed free to every secondary school and college in Tasmania in 2010.

Additional MOVE video art resources here

Patricia Piccinini Evolution
Exhibitied at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 13 March - 14 June 2009

Patricia Piccinini (b. 1965) uses her artistic practice to explore the connections and tensions between nature, technology and life.

Patricia Piccinini education kit - PDF 722 KB

Grace Crowley: being modern
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2 October - 23 November 2008

Grace Crowley (1890-1979) was a champion of modernism and one of the first Australian artists to paint purely abstract works.

Primary students' trail - PDF 432 KB
Secondary students' education kit - PDF 388 KB

Further information can be found on the National Gallery of Australia's website

Janet Dawson Survey
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 6 September - 21 October 2007

This survey of works by Janet Dawson (b.1935) examines the career of one of Australia’s most accomplished artists from the 1950s through to the present day.

Janet Dawson education kit - PDF 6.37 MB

Unique States: Seriality & the Panoramic
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 15 March - 26 May 2013

Unique States is a much anticipated retrospective of the work of Raymond Arnold, a significant Tasmanian artist whose grand visions, skilful compositions and embrace of printmaking’s alchemy of process and chance represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement within this field of practice.

Unique States education kit - PDF 2.70 MB

Climate Change

Climate Change

CSIRO Carbon Kids educational resources
A national program for early, primary and middle years of schooling that combines the latest science with sustainability education.

Action against climate change
A brand new Australian Museum Eureka prize for year 7-10 students

Thinking about climate change: a guide for teachers and students
A resource adapted from Tim Flannery's book 'We are the Weather Makers'.

Tasmanian Flora and Fauna

Tasmanian Flora and Fauna

Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna
Explore Tasmania’s unique and diverse wildlife at home or in the great outdoors with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Field Guide app. Visit our dedicated web page to find out more and download the app.

Flora of Tasmania Online
Flora of Tasmania Online presents information on all flowering plants, native and naturalized, found in the State of Tasmania. Information includes descriptions, keys, taxonomic relationships, distributions and ecology

Flora of Tasmania Online website

Bush Blitz - TMAG biodiversity scientists at work
Enjoy a video exploring the efforts of TMAG science staff to map Tasmania's biodiversity.

Bush Blitz 2010 video



Shaping Tasmania: a journey in 100 objects
This online exhibition of 100 objects explores significant events and movements that have helped create the Tasmania we know today. Includes map locations, rotational and zoom imagery and audio and a mobile website for in-gallery use.

Shaping Tasmania website

Our Changing Land: Creating Tasmania Teacher’s guide
This 56 page guide to TMAG’s 19th Century Tasmania exhibition will ensure students have a rich and rewarding experience delving into history through the permanent exhibition in the Bond Store.

Our Changing Land: Creating Tasmania Teacher’s guide

The Baily Flag 1914
Discover the story of one amazing Tasmanian.

The Baily Flag story

Captured in Colour - Rare Photographs from the First World War
First World War photographers were keen to use the “modern” technique of colour photography, another technical marvel in an era dominated by scientific progress.

Online exhibition and education material- Australian War Memorial website

On Their Own - Britain's Child Migrants
A companion resource for the Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition.

Read the On Their Own education kit - PDF 1.8 MB