Education Programs - Core Exhibitions

These education programs are linked to the Museum's core exhibitions, ‘The Wool Harvest’ (in Gallery 1) and ‘From Fleece to Fabric’ (in Gallery 2) and are available all year.

These programs tell the story of wool in this region, from the sheep’s back to the clothes rack and from the arrival of the first sheep in 1788 to the heyday of the great wool stockpile.

Discover the historical, economic, environmental, political and social aspects of wool and the way it has impacted our lives.

Core Programs

All year

My Geelong (Prep - 4)

Let’s travel through time. Would you walk for 2,000 kilometres?

What happens in the big boiling down pot?

We’re going on a hunt through the Museum to meet stories of early settlers in our region, from farmers to photographers, inventors to mayors. The visit will conclude with making an old-time toy to take home.

Curriculum Connections: Humanities.

Build Geelong (3-8)

Get to know Geelong through its buildings. We explore some early images and maps of Geelong and work together to identify key features and buildings.

As a group we will put together a “City Plan” for Geelong of the past, present or future.

Then it’s time to build the City. Using 40 000 basic bricks we work to create a LEGO © version of Geelong as it was, as it is today, or as it may look in the future.

Curriculum Connections: Geography, History, English-language.

This program is also available as an Outreach session.

Click Go the Shears (2-8)

Have you travelled the “hob-nail express”? What would you do if you were told to “load up the lizard”?

Come and learn about the different ways people have communicated in different communities, from shearing slang in the woolshed to lip reading in the woollen mill.

Curriculum Connections: English-language, History.

Icky, Sticky, Stinky Geelong (3-6)

Are you ready to gut a sheep?

Join us to uncover the science of the early wool industries. Students will participate in a hands-on workshop exploring the history and science of sheep by-products from tallow to wool and from soap to dye.

Students will come away with increased understanding of the chemical and physical properties of wool, and finish up creating a felted item.

Curriculum Connections: Design and Technologies – food and fibre production, History, English-language.

This program is also available as an Outreach session.

Focus on Fibre (6-10)

Let’s take a closer look at the world’s most-used animal fibre. It insulates, absorbs smells, resists fire, can be a fine suit or a carpet.

What is wool?

Through a series of hands-on activities we will create a model wool fibre, explore it’s layers and conclude with a basic felting or knitting workshop.

Curriculum Connections: Design and Technologies, Science.

This program is also available as an Outreach session. Optional extension: Wool has a long history of being used in countries around the world. Using knitting as an example we’ll have a look at a selection of knitting tools; then, try spinning or knitting like a Viking.

A New Age: Industrial Innovation (7-10)

The Industrial Revolution - Take a closer look at the steps and machines involved in taking a wool fibre from sheep’s back to clothes rack and how mechanizing the process transformed the industry.

This program will focus on one of the world’s first programmable machines – a jacquard system weaving loom. Students will see the loom in action and learn how the machine is programmed and how this evolved into the coded computer programming we use today.

Curriculum Connections: English-language, History.

Go to our Exhibitions tab to view our current temporary exhibitions and associated education programs.

Teacher guides are attached.


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Page last updated: Friday, 3 January 2020