Past Events & Programs
Open House Melbourne
Visitors to Her Place as part of Open House Melbourne.
Visitors to Her Place as part of Open House Melbourne.
On Sunday 28 July, 2019 Her Place Women's Museum Australia threw open the doors of historic Clarendon Terrace to participate in Open House Melbourne. Visitors were invited to participate in a self-guided tour of the building and viewed an exhibition telling the stories of women from across Victoria who have made significant contributions to Australian society. We also had on display a small selection of Australian women’s pottery, as well as a display of interesting market research data about Australian women from the archives of Roy Morgan.
We had over 420 visitors through the building and we couldn't be happier with the money raised and the engagement of a very interested and enthusiastic public. We'd also like to thank our outstanding volunteers who helped create such a joyful and happy event.
One of our fabulous volunteers for Open House Melbourne.
Checking out the exhibition at Her Place as part of Open House Melbourne.
On Thursday 9 May, 2019, Dr Liz Rushen, Chair, History Council Victoria, an SLV Creative Fellow 2019 and former RHSV Director, gave a talk at Her Place about the pioneer women who comprised early Melbourne society.
When the heritage-listed architectural gem Clarendon Terrace was built in 1857, there were only nine other houses in Clarendon Street, 21,000 adult males in all of Melbourne, and 16,000 women.
This event was part of the 2019 National Heritage Festival.
On Thursday 21 March 2019 Her Place Women’s Museum Australia opened the doors at our new home at Clarendon Terrace in East Melbourne for a special donor and partnerships evening. This was an opportunity for us to share our vision and aspirations for what Her Place Women’s Museum Australia can become.
We were delighted that both the Victorian Minister of Creative Industries, Martin Foley and the Victorian Minister for Women, Gabrielle Williams, attended, supporting the event, and thrilled that Minister Williams spoke so enthusiastically about Her Place and what it will mean to have a national museum for women located in Victoria.
We were also honoured that Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of the Human Rights Commission, in a passionate and inspiring address, spoke of the importance of a place to record the accomplishments of women. She reminded us that we stand on the shoulders of others who have challenged the role assigned to women and drew our attention to the fact that Australian women were slipping in all international indicators for gender parity. She spoke of the need for a federal legislated Charter of Rights and the importance of women standing up against inappropriate behaviour and challenging conventional ideas in order to achieve a fairer and more just society. You can read Professor Trigg’s speech in its entirety here: Gillian Triggs speech at CT 21 March 2019
Finally, we were thrilled that Chloe Shorten and Senator Hanson Young could attend and show their support as well.
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WHEN: Thursday 11 October, 2018, 2-4pm
WHERE: Melbourne Immigration Museum
Her Place hosted nearly 100 year 9 and 10 students from disadvantaged schools across Melbourne as they had a chance to represent 24 Countries at a UN Model General Assembly on International Day of the Girl. The UN Association ran an inspiring day and the Immigration Museum was a fabulous venue and home for the UN.
Girls worked in teams of four to research their country's stance on gender equity. A leader from each team then presented these views to the Model UN Assembly of Nations. Two presenters from Her Place Women's Museum Australia addressed the Assembly and outlined the United Nations binding conventions that guarantee human rights and prevent discrimination against women. Delegates were then challenged to decide how these rights sat alongside religion, tradition and customs.
The economic success of Rwanda was also presented to the delegates. Rwanda is a nation with a difficult past but its redevelopment has been based on the central tenet of gender equality and is one of the success stories of Africa, with growing prosperity and the highest number of female members of parliament in the world. Delegates were also shown that war and conflict disproportionately affect women and girls and were reminded of the importance of involving women in any peace process. If women are involved in the peace process, the likelihood of its success increases by 35% and can last 15 years longer if women are part of decisions about the future.
In the afternoon, countries caucused to move and amend Gender Equity Resolutions. Students were able to experience negotiation, lobbying and the use of power as they tried to prevail. Discussions were animated and strong - the energy in the room was inspirational. The Model United Nations Conference finished with countries voting on amended resolutions.
WHEN: Saturday 21 July, 2018, 2-4pm
WHERE: Melbourne Immigration Museum
Youth Space for Her Place was a forum about how the voices of young people can be part of Her Place Women’s Museum Australia.
Aretha Stewart-Brown is an Indigenous Australian youth activist and the first female Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. In 2014 Brown was selected to attend the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey, in 2017 addressed an estimated 50,000 protesters in Melbourne on Australia Day at an Invasion Day rally and in 2018 spoke at the 2018 Invasion Day march.
Stella Bridie is a former Fitzroy High School student and passionate activist who co-founded the FHS Feminist Collective. She has written articles for Rosie Respect, Young Vagabond, and Sheilas.
Amelia Peterson is a young cis woman from Naarm. She is passionate about raising the intersectional issues facing women, people of colour, neuro-diverse people, LGBTQIA folks and dif-abled people to forefront through her passion for Social Work and Activism. Coming from a family situation of inter-generational trauma, she lives with anxiety disorder and experiences physical chronic illnesses which cause her to identify as 'dif-abled'. Working for Museums Victoria in Communications and Partnerships, Amelia has a special interest in cultural institutions and how they can become more adaptable and socially aware. She currently runs a self-care blog and Instagram, where she chronicles her experiences and observations as a body positive modern woman in a sometimes slow moving world.
Mehak Sheikh is a third generation Kenyan with Pakistani Punjabi ethnic heritage and an Islamic upbringing. She has also spent 6 years in the UAE before migrating to Australia in 2012. Mehak is a psychology honours graduate with a research interest in the role of education in acculturation and intercultural engagement. She currently runs her own facilitation business, U-Learn and works as a project/leadership officer, YLab Consultant and a customer service officer at libraries. When not working, Mehak is a volunteer with Healthwest Partnership, headspace, the Centre for Multicultural Youth, the Welcome Dinner Project, Divercities network, Red Cross, Plan International and various local councils, among other organisations. Her passions include intercultural engagement, education, entrepreneurship and health/wellbeing.
Monday 9 July 2018 @ La Trobe University, Shepparton Campus
This workshop was delivered by Briony O’Keeffe, Her Place Education Committee member, founder of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective and an international expert on curriculum designed to build gender equality in the classroom. It focussed on:
- Building a Feminist Collective at your school
- Respectful Relationships Education
- Integration of Gender Equity strategies into your classroom and curriculum
How can a women’s museum change the world?
On the Night that Changed the World, Her Place celebrated the power of personal transformation with a panel of women involved in bringing Her Place Women’s Museum to life.
The panel discussion included four diverse women who have all contributed to Her Place Women's Museum Australia. They asked, how can we make sure that women's stories and achievements are part of the national narrative? How can we honour women, inspire girls and educate all?
Jessica Duncan – Jessica is a young primary school teacher in Melbourne’s west, where she has been very active in practical strategies to build gender equality in the school environment.She is a member of the Her Place Education Committee.
Halima Mohamed – Halima has been a community activist for nearly 30 years.Born in Somalia, she worked in parliament there for more than 10 years. Since arriving in Australia, Halima’s passion has been in building and nurturing communities. She has led initiatives such as the African Women’s Social Enterprise. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2008.
Briony O’Keeffe – Briony is the founder of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective and an international expert on curriculum designed to build gender equality in the classroom. Briony is a member of the Her Place Education Committee.
Once Women Won the Vote / Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) / Saturday, 5 May 2018 to Sunday, 30 September 2018
Teachers' Professional Development
A program delivered by an experienced teacher from Her Place Women’s Museum Australia. Delivered via interactive presentations and whole group discussion. The emphasis was on practical ideas that teachers can transfer and apply to their own schools. The aim was to provide local teachers with the skills to promote and implement gender equality initiatives within a whole school framework. Topics included:
Building a Feminist Collective at your school: Based on the internationally recognised Fitzroy High SchoolFeminist Collective model;
Getting a Gender Equality Policy in your Primary School: Why its important and how to do it;
Respectful Relationships Education: Whole School Approach. What DET is doing;
Integration of Gender Equality strategies into your classroom and curriculum.
Her Place: Student Education Tour
Friday 25 May, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Age Group: Grades 5-10
90 Minute session
A guided tour delivered by an experienced teacher from Her Place, designed to provide students and teachers with an overview of Her Place Women’s Museum Australia and its contribution to the Once Women Won the Vote exhibition.
During the session, students had access to the curriculum-linked education resources, learned about the profiled women and heard about the importance of gender equality for all.
The Women’s Mural – Free Onsite Talk
(Sunday 22 April 2018, 11am at the Women’s Mural, Fitzroy)
In 2016 one of Australia's most significant feminist murals was defaced. The Women's Mural: Bomboniere to Barbed Wire, in Smith Street, Fitzroy, was painted in 1986 by Megan Evans and Eve Glenn. Measuring 50m x 12m, it celebrates the diversity of women living and working in the communities of Northcote and Preston. Its 'capping' (covering over) by notorious graffiti tagger Nost in February 2016 roused community action, emphasising the need to preserve the history of women's voices and stories in the public realm.
In this free onsite talk, co-artist Eve Glenn with Sally Northfield and the Women’s Mural Documentation Project team discussed the origins, ideas and impact of the Women’s Mural and stories of some of the women depicted.
This talk was presented as a collaboration between the Women’s Mural Documentation Project and Her Place Women’s Museum Australia as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.
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Free Public Discussion – The Round Table: Do we need a Women’s Museum?
(4 March 2018, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art)
During the ACCA's major exhibition on feminist art practice, Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism, various artists, educators and groups were invited to host events at a specially constructed ‘Round Table’ positioned at the heart of the exhibition. The table played on the idea of the kitchen table as ‘a place around which women, artists and activists gather to discuss, debate, create, form allegiances and plan for a more equal future’.
In the lead-up to International Women’s Day 2018, Her Place hosted a Round Table discussion asking: Do we need a Women’s Museum?
The conversation was convened by Her Place manager Penelope Lee and curator Clare Williamson, and the speakers included Stella Bridie, Dr Natalie Kon-yu and Kate MacNeill.
Free Public Event – Everyday Documents and Australian Women’s History: a discussion about the challenges of collecting and why archives matter
(9 November 2017, Melbourne Museum)
Members of the team working on the Invisible Farmer Project, the biggest national study of Australian women on the land, alongside other research and archive experts discussing how and why collecting, documenting, digitising, cataloguing, curating and exhibiting women's archives and stories are important. Audience members were invited to bring along their own stories, documents, images and objects that pay tribute to the extraordinary women of the land in their lives.
Helen Morgan, Her Place Deputy Chair, Archivist and Research Fellow at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne, lead a discussion with Museums Victoria’s Invisible Farmer Curator, Catherine Forge; University of Melbourne Researcher and Executive Officer of the Australian Women's Archives Project, Dr Nikki Henningham; Ashley Robertson, Manager, Victorian Collections, Museums Australia (Victoria) and Ellie Wallace, postgraduate student who has conducted research into the distributed archival collection of Australian Women in Agriculture.
- Women's Histories and Archives: Why They Matter
A discussion on current initiatives around collecting, preserving and sharing of women's contributions and records, and the value of doing this for the wider community. Heather Mutimer and Cr Kate Redwood AM told the story behind the Heather Mutimer Women's Honour Roll and its importance to women and the local Hepburn Shire community. Helen Morgan, of the Australian Women's Archives Project and the Australian Women's Register, articulated the case for keeping women's records and why she became involved with Her Place Women's Museum Australia initiative.
- Local Stories, Remarkable Women
Anne E. Stewart shared stories that celebrate the strength, courage and contribution of women from the region, tales of our extraordinary women and their deeds. Anne is a Daylesford-based, intentionally renowned storyteller with the passion, energy and voice to engage any audience. For forty years she has been telling stories and developing a repertoire that celebrates women through story as well as the shared narratives of Australia that honour Indigenous, Celtic, Asian and world stories.
- New Histories of Australian Rural and Regional Women: The Australian Women’s Register and the Invisible Farmer Project Workshop
The Invisible Farmer Project is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. Funded for three years (2017-2019), the project involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. Feedback about the amazing women, past and present, who have made a difference to their communities is vital to the success of the project. You can find out more about the project here: www.invisiblefarmer.net.au.
This workshop aimed to reveal the ‘hidden histories’ and write tributes to women who should be recognised. Participants shared stories and gave public recognition to the extraordinary, creative and vital roles that women have played in agriculture and farm communities across Australia. Participants also gave the project team the opportunity to potentially profile women’s stories via future research and in-depth studies.
- Women’s Network and Victorian Honour Roll of Women Event
The Victorian Honour Roll of Women aligns closely with the vision of Her Place Women’s Museum. Established in 2001, the Honour Roll pays tribute to women who have been pioneers in their fields and who have improved the lives of women and the broader Victorian community.
This event aimed to link in and engage with local women’s organisations and individual women in order to discuss the plans for a vibrant physical space and online resource that will educate audiences and celebrate women’s valuable and distinctive contributions, past, present and future.
- Everyday Documents and Australian Women’s History: Why Archives Matter
A panel discussion about the role of serendipity, family stories and fragments of paper in the writing of history, including so-called ‘big picture’ academic history. Panellists included Dr Rosemary Francis and Helen Morgan, and was convened by Dr Nikki Henningham, Research Fellow – Australian Women’s Archives Project.
- In-conversation with Women in the West
An informal lunchtime conversation with the women featured in the exhibition including Halima Mohamed, Paola Balla and Ruth Crow researcher Claire Collie.
- Loving Feminist Literature: Decolonising Feminism, Building Solidarity
A night of live readings of bold and irresistible feminist texts by a selection of diverse feminist educators, students and practitioners, including Clare Land, who read from her book ‘Decolonizing Solidarity’.
- Her Place: Women in the West – Walking Tour
A guided walk through Footscray focusing on the lives of women who have made a difference and contributed to the West. Through spoken word and recounted experiences, walkers heard stories about women of tenacity – leaders, advocates, storytellers and speakers of injustices. Produced by Chantal Wynter.
- Building Feminist Communities
This event brought together academics, activist groups and philanthropic organisations to showcase their work and share their aspirations for 2017. Feminists across all sectors had the opportunity to get together, meet others and build partnerships. Hosted by the Victoria University Feminist Research Network, a community of feminist scholars from Victoria University in conjunction with Her Place.