School excursions

The City of Gosnells Museum at Wilkinson Homestead offers an exciting hands-on Education Program for school and homeschool groups, which combines learning with fun. The program addresses the History strands of the Australian Curriculum for Years 1 and 2. The program is available on Wednesdays during school term and can accommodate one class per day. Read the Museum Excursion Management Plan below for further details.
Please call Heritage Services staff on 9397 3144 or email to make a booking.

On the day

After arriving at the Museum at 9.30am, students are given an introduction to the site and its history. After going back 100 years in time, the students meet a variety of characters from Gosnells' past, which may include Miss Salter, the local school teacher, and John and Emma Wilkinson, who lived on the property and developed the orchard. The students participate in four activities and have a morning tea break. After the activities, schools have the option of staying to have their lunch, then playing traditional games including sack races, egg and spoon races and quoits. Schools can stay on site until 1.00pm.


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History Boxes 

History Boxes are available to schools for loan and contain a variety of historical objects which can be used to demonstrate the differences between how things were done in the past compared to the present.

‘A Day in the Life of Emma Wilkinson’ contains a selection of domestic items such as sad irons, butter pats and rolling pins, and follows Emma as she goes about her daily activities and chores. ‘Learn and Play’ contains items used at school such as ink pens and ink, slate boards and marbles, and resources that showcase the everyday lives of children in the local area.

The History Boxes are heavy duty, wheeled cases which are easy to transport and are free to borrow for a two- week period, or longer subject to availability.