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History will come alive for Tasmania students visiting Highfield Historic Site at Stanley, with the launch of a new education program, Treasures from the Past.

The Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage, Ken Bacon, said the new education program allowed students to step back in time to life in 1830.

"This program has been developed to add value to a visit to Highfield with a range of activities that cover key learning areas of the Essential Learnings curriculum," said Mr Bacon.

Teachers will be provided with resource materials on a CD-ROM to help with preparations for the students' visits and to continue learning after they return to the classroom.

The Treasures from the Past program includes students wearing period costumes, enjoying drama, arts and crafts, a mock archaeological dig, and generally experiencing life as it was at Highfield in the early 1800s.

"Highfield is one of Tasmania's and Australia's most significant historic sites and one of the most intact colonial farm complexes in Australia," Mr Bacon said.

"It has extensive history in relation to the Van Dieman's Land Company and is often regarded as the birthplace of European settlement in Tasmania."

Mr Bacon said the education program was just one project that resulted from State Government funding provided in 2003. The Economic and Social Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) grant of $645,000 was provided for a marketing and development plan as well as conservation and maintenance works at the site.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing
Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.