Archive for June, 2017

Goulbourn Museum temporarily closed for renovations

June 30th, 2017

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While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday the Goulbourn Museum building is quietly turning 145 this year. If its walls could talk they would tell tales of boisterous town hall meetings, lively dances, community parties and, for the last 27 years, Museum exhibitions and events. And although its walls are still standing tall, the Museum’s floors are telling a story of their own. They have started to sag and show their age.

“After years of struggling to build exhibits on drastically uneven floors and worrying about our visitors with mobility issues, we are thrilled to announce that the City of Ottawa will be replacing our floors this summer,” says Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager. In order to prepare the space for its face lift, Museum staff will be emptying the building of all exhibits beginning July 4th, and safely storing the artefacts in the History Centre. The construction project is expected to last all summer and will include the addition of some storage and the removal of the raised stage area so all of the floors are one level and accessible.

It is anticipated that the Museum will be under renovation from July to September and, once complete, staff will have to reinstall and reconstruct each exhibit. “We hope to reopen our doors to the public again in October,” says Keith Hobbs, Goulbourn Museum Chairperson. “Although the Museum cannot host visitors during this time, we will continue to have a presence in the community through offsite events and exhibits.” Staff will also continue to work full-time hours in the History Centre and research appointments can be accommodated upon request.

“We apologize for any inconvenience our temporary closure may cause but hope you will agree the end result will be worth the wait,” says Hobbs.

The Museum will be posting regular updates on its blog and social media so the public can follow the construction progress.

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Meet our Summer Students

June 9th, 2017

We were very lucky to have been able to hire two wonderful students this summer. Both have worked for us in the past so they have been able to hit the ground running.

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Sarah Allan – Museum and Exhibition Assistant

I am very excited to be back at the Goulbourn Museum. My last summer here was a blast, and I’m looking forward to another fast-paced, event filled summer. It’s never a dull moment at the Museum and with such a great staff and community it’s sure to be memorable.

While I took a year off of school to travel, I will be returning to Queen’s next semester to further my education. I’m continuing my studies in History, which is why I am so fortunate to be able to work in the Museum amongst the history of my hometown.

I was born in Richmond, and have since relocated to Barrhaven, though I have Goulbourn in my roots. I love the Museum, and all of the outreach it does in the local community, and I am happy to be a part of it again!

 

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Jamie Stirling – Curatorial Assistant

I am incredibly honoured to be returning to work with the team at Goulbourn Museum for the second time as a summer student. This summer I will be working as the Curatorial Assistant to help look after the artifacts in the museum’s collection and assist in research.

In May of this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan with my family. While we were in Tokyo, I was able to visit a rather interesting museum that was all about the invention of Cup Noodle instant ramen. We learned all about the invention of Cup Noodle in 1958 and how it took over the world (and even space)! The exhibit also wove in six lessons in creativity and reminded visitors to think outside the box and look at things from a different perspective through art and a variety of interactives. The Cup Noodles Museum did an excellent job of creating a well-rounded museum experience and they inspired me to remember to bring all and any ideas to the table in my own experience as a museum worker.

I will be returning to Algonquin College for my third and final year in the Applied Museum Studies program this fall. I will remember the lessons I learn every day from the Goulbourn Museum, the AMS program, and beyond so that I can help create a memorable experience for all museum visitors.

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Father’s Day Flashback: Musket demos! Sword Fights! Live Irish Music!

June 5th, 2017

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This Father’s Day stand in the shoes of Goulbourn’s early Irish settlers at a celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Connect with the culture of the community’s past with traditional Irish music by Celtic Sea, musket demos, sword fighting, historical reenactors and more! Learn calligraphy, take home a photo keepsake from our 1867 photo booth, buy baked goods, and bid on silent auction items. Explore the new heritage garden and nature walk and leave your mark for future generations by taking part in the Museum’s legacy 150th pathway.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fire a Brown Bess musket? On Father’s Day you can join the ranks of the 100th Regiment of Foot and learn to fire a musket! Safety comes first, so you’ll begin with instructions from a uniformed guide on operating and loading the weapon properly. Cost for the musket firing experience is $20.

Father’s Day Flashback takes place at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be crafts and games for children of all ages.

For more information call 613-831-2393.

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