The Law Society’s Old Court House Law Museum offers a series of free events for the community, including school holiday programmes and Heritage Conversations. Click below to find out more.

School Holiday Programmes

A Beginner’s Guide to Forensic Science FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 | 11.00am to 12 noon | Old Court House Law Museum

In recent years forensic science has become a focus of popular television programs, which has led to a generally unrealistic view of forensic science. The consequences of this have been termed by some commentators the “CSI effect”. This presentation will give a broad introduction to forensic science and how it is used in the criminal justice system.

Recommended for 10 years and above

Max of 30 spaces available

Forensic Science Failures? FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Old Court House Law Museum

The criminal justice system without forensic science is unthinkable today. However over the last 40 years or so there have been cases where serious shortcomings in forensic science have led to significant miscarriages of justice. This presentation will give an overview of some of these cases, both high profile and less well known,  and will discuss the lessons that can be learned.

Recommended for 14 years and above

Max of 30 spaces

Hands on with Forensic Science – Two interactive workshops New Sessions Just Released

Monday, 2 July 2018 | 10.00am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 3.00pm | Old Court House Law Museum

15 students max per session | Recommended for 8 to 12 years

Come along and immerse yourself in the world of forensic science at Curtin University’s school holiday program, hosted by the Old Court House Law Museum . Presentations by Professor Simon Lewis will introduce students to the capabilities and limitations within forensic science. Students can also experiment at the interactive workshops with real-life forensics methods including fingerprinting, ink analysis, microscopy and crime scene investigation.

These events are free but registration is essential. Students should bring a snack and water bottle.

Treasure Hunt in the Stirling Gardens

Operating from the Old Court House Law Museum from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 25th January from 10am until 4pm, join us for a Treasure Hunt in the Stirling Gardens. The activity is available for two age groups, junior 3 to 6 years who search for carvings in the park and circle their picture and a treasure hunt for 7 to 12 year olds, who will search for items in Stirling Gardens to find the answers to the questions we have prepared. Once you find the answer you record the coordinates for this position and when all questions have been answered, you use a decipher sheet to find the mystery word and solve one last clue!

Bookings aren’t required, FREE event 10am to 4pm daily.
We are open Tuesday to Friday.


Keys to History

17 April – 27 April 2018 | Tuesdays – Fridays | 10.00am – 4.00pm

Come and explore the Old Court House Law Museum inside and out with our free school holiday activity, Keys to History.

Follow three easy steps to unlock the Museum’s secrets. Match the key colours to different coloured exhibition spaces at the Old Court House. The orange key is the museum exterior.

Then find the key photo of objects and items in each exhibition space and finally answer the key questions relating to the photo. Each side of the key has a different question.

There are two activities available depending on age. One is suitable for ages 4-7 and another for ages 7-12. The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Heritage Conversation Events

The Museum hosts two Heritage Conversation events annually. One in May as part of the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival and Law Week and one in October as part of the Heritage Perth Weekend. The Heritage Conversations inject energy to grow and develop the Museum as a place of significance for the Western Australian community, our children and the future.

My Culture My Story; Aboriginal Women Leaders in Law

DATE: Friday, 18 May 2018, 11.00am – 12.30pm at the Museum

Join us at the Old Court House Law Museum as we host a panel discussion led by Deanne Fitzgerald Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisor at the Western Australian Museum. Deanne will be discussing the life experiences of our panellists, Kelsi Forrest who was awarded the inaugural Aboriginal Women’s Legal Education Trust Scholarship offered by the Women Lawyers of WA in 2012 and who now works for Roe Legal, Ashleigh Lindsay who works at Herbert Smith Freehills and Kate Goerge, the first Aboriginal person to commence law at the University of Western Australia and the first Aboriginal graduate from the Australian National University. She is also the first Aboriginal woman admitted to practise law in WA. Other topics to be discussed will include the impact of the law, contribution to community issues and inspiration and the importance for education for young people.

This discussion provides the opportunity for the legal profession to engage with the community to build a shared understanding of the vital role the law plays in our society. Following the session, we will be hosting a Q and A to allow audience members to have their questions answered. The Museum is also open on the day.