Explore the 1920s With Your Kids At The Workshop Rail Museum This School Holidays

The Workshop Rail Museum
Photo credit: Discover Ipswich

For the school holidays, immerse your children in some detective work and photography! The Workshop Rail Museum will take you back to the 1920s with their Underworld: Mugshots From the Roaring Twenties exhibit, which will run from 24 September to 5 October 2018.

This exhibit will keep your kids entertained with so many activities to do.

Upon arrival, kids will grab a map and follow the clues.”X” marks the spot. They will then follow the clues to find a range of activities throughout the museum. Throughout the exhibit, they will get to explore optical illusions, create images with light and collect evidence.

The Wednesday workshops will let your kids experiment with sunlight photography. They’ll have a chance to create police composite faces to add to the Wanted Wall. There will be vintage 3-D photos to view or kids can put on a costume and create their own mugshot.

The event is ideal for children ages 5 and above. The activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Schedule of Activities:

Sunlight Photography Workshops (26 September, 3 October)

  • 10:00 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.

Wanted Wall, Disguises, Mugshots, Forensic Fingerprints (24-28 September / 2-5 October)

  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Disguises, Mugshots (29 September to 1 October)

  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ride the miniature train rides as well. It operates from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Why The Twenties?

Emerging from World War I, the 1920s saw dramatic changes in various aspects as Australia rebuilt its life and entered a new allegiance with the British Empire. The changes brought more opportunities for everyone, including criminals.

This era is considered to be the “golden era” for criminals due to the new markets that had the potential to bring in an abundance of wealth for people who will carry operations that were against the law.

Crime bosses and gangs were formed during this time involved in drugs and other crimes. During this era, the police force has been outnumbered having lost many men during the war. It took time for the police to strengthen its force again.

The Underworld: Mugshots From the Roaring Twenties exhibit is one fun way for your kids to learn more about this era.

You can get your tickets here.

Address: North St, North Ipswich QLD 4305