HER PLACE introduced itself to the public with a stunningly successful Pop Up Exhibition at the Melbourne Town Hall in May-June this year.
Thanks to an arts grant from the City of Melbourne and the generosity of our wonderful volunteers, HER PLACE profiled nine outstanding women through interactive displays, complemented by a lively programme of Public Talks.
Over 3 weeks the Exhibition attracted over 2200 visitors to browse the gallery and participate in public forums and discussions on;
• Why do we need a Women’s Museum
• What Feminism means to young Women
• Impact of Family Violence + What is being done
• Where are the Women in Sport
‘MELB WOMEN’S MUSEUM TO BE AUSTRALIAN FIRST’
Optimistic Media coverage talked up the excitement of HER PLACE and the need for a place to salute women’s achievements and discuss the issues of our time.
The lack of Women represented in Australian’s museums was acknowledged in a Museums Australia policy in 2000, surely highlighting the need for this new a place of Discovery and Debate.
17 Schools requested HER PLACE speakers to come to their school. 130 students attended the Exhibition. Due to space constraints we couldn’t accommodate large school group visits. High demand -A good problem to have!
The ‘Post It’ Wall and Chalkboard recorded brilliant suggestions about the breadth of Women’s contributions to Australia, while Visitors Comments were Enthusiastic and Generous, urging us to get on with a Women’s Museum
‘A great start in developing a women’s museum’
‘Varied and impressive. More please’