Moss Wilson

Teaching Archaeology at the Newcastle Convict Depot, Toodyay

While a number projects using archaeology as a learning tool in primary school environments have been to developed in recent years, the full potential of using archaeology to motivate, inspire and achieve outcomes based in primary school curriculum has not yet been realised.

This presentation will consider the current perceptions and attitudes towards archaeology. This presentation will then outline the approach used at the Newcastle Gaol Museum in Toodyay to develop an archaeology-based schools program and the positive results of the project, both in student participation and the development of curriculum-based historical skills. This presentation will then discuss the links that can be developed between the schools-based projects and the larger ongoing archaeological developments and research that are underway in the Toodyay area.

Shire of Toodyay (WA)
Liveguide entry for Newcastle Gaol Museum activity


Moss is an archaeologist who works with a range of heritage matters at the local government level. After graduating with a Master’s degree from University of Western Australia, Moss spent several years as an archaeological surveyor for a number of European and Indigenous sites in Western Australia. He eventually took a job with the Shire of Toodyay as both their Museum Curator and Heritage Officer, responsible for the development of the Shire’s three museums and the conservation of the area’s extensive archaeological remains dating to the convict period. During the last three years Moss has created a number of new heritage education projects, including archaeology programs, public heritage interpretation as well as a range of new in-house and co-operative exhibitions. Moss continues to search for new and exciting ways to get people involved with archaeology and local heritage, and hopes to inspire a new generation of students towards the field.