Her Place Museum has developed educational resources for both primary and secondary teachers. These free classroom resources are intended to assist teachers to introduce and contextualise the stories of the ‘
Women in the West‘ exhibition. There are pre-visit lesson plans available at a secondary level for each woman (see below), and pre-visit general resources available for students at a primary level.

Her Place Museum suggests that teachers utilise a broad range of the curriculum materials prior to visiting the exhibition. All lessons have been linked to the Victorian Curriculum to enable teachers to put them to their most effective use. A table outlining the links between the ten exhibited women and the Victorian Curriculum is available for download. 

Her Place Museum is also offering teachers and students a free guided tour and a free professional development opportunity. Please see below for details.

Her Place Museum encourages students to post ‘selfies’ on the Her Place Facebook and Instagram pages in order to help us build awareness of the need for a women’s museum. Teachers are also encouraged to post on these sites to enable us to demonstrate to the government that the educational resources linked to the exhibition are useful for schools.



To accompany the exhibition Her Place: Women in the West, Her Place Women's Museum is hosting a diverse, engaging education and public programs.

Education/Victorian Curriculum links

Victorian Curriculum links (PDF 160KB)
Women in the West Curriculum links (PDF 144KB)

During your visit

A 'scavenger hunt' and reflection sheet for secondary and primary students are also available for use during your visit.

Scavenger Hunt Primary (PDF 105KB)
Scavenger Hunt Secondary (PDF 106KB)

Post-visit reflection - Primary (PDF 104KB)
Post-visit reflection - Secondary (PDF 106KB)

Teaching Gender Equality: a Professional Development for Teachers

Monday 27 March, 5-7pm, VU at MetroWest Gallery, FREE (snacks provided)

This program will be delivered by experienced teachers and will cover:

  • Building a Feminist Collective at your school: Briony O’Keeffe , Fitzroy High Fem Collective.
  • Getting a Gender Equality Policy in your Primary School: Why it’s important and how to do it - Jess Duncan from Derrimut Primary School.
  • Respectful Relationships Education: Whole School Approach. What is DET doing? Barb Jennings, Women's Officer, AEU.


Guided Educational Tours: Primary and Secondary
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 7 March to 22 March, 10.30am, 1.30pm (40 minute sessions), FREE

Book your school class in for a guided tour of the 10 amazing local women who feature in the exhibition, Her Place: Women in the West. An experienced teacher will facilitate your visit providing educational resources linked to the Victorian Curriculum and activities to engage your students.
To book: kylie.lois.oliver@gmail.com

Pre-visit general resources: Primary

Activity Sheet (PDF 72KB)

Pre-visit lesson plans: Secondary

Susan Alberti

Lesson plan (PDF 87KB)
Visual Activity (PDF 638KB)

Paolo Balla

Lesson plan (PDF 70KB)

Ruth Crow

Lesson plan (PDF 80KB)

Podcast - Ruth Crow
Commissioned by Arts House (2016).

Maisie Carr (nee Fawcett)

Lesson plan (PDF 40KB)

Kerry Greenwood

Lesson plan (PDF 51KB)

Joan Kirner AC

Lesson plan (PDF 38KB)

Melba Marginson

Lesson plan (PDF 44KB)

Halima Mohamed

Lesson plan (PDF 1MB)

Alice Pung

Lesson plan (PDF 47KB)

Peta Searle


These great resources were developed by a group of amazing Victorian teachers who make up the Her Place Education Group. They did the work on top of their teaching work and during the Christmas break as volunteers.Victorian schools are fortunate to have such talent and dedication in their educators.

Briony O'Keeffe, Fitzroy High School ( and Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective founder)

Kylie Oliver, educator and Australian Eduction Union  activist

Ingrid Hildebrand, St Catherines Girls School

Jess Duncan, Derrimut Primary School

Lola Jennings-Edquist, East Reservoir Primary School

The Australian Education Union is proud of its' dedicated women members - Briony, Kylie, Jess and Lola.

We thank them all,

Her Place Board Member, Barb Jennings

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