Archive for October, 2018

Meet our new Collections Administrator Patrick Chisholm

October 12th, 2018

Patrick_0053

I feel extremely fortunate to be a new member of the Goulbourn Museum team as their Collections Administrator! My previous work and education experiences vary and include work in the trades and other fields that have shaped me into the cultural institution professional that I am today. In 2018, I graduated with Honours from the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. Over the last 3 years, I have gained work experience in museum, archives and gallery settings. I have experience working with both national and municipal collections handling a variety of different mediums, artefacts and documents. Examples of my roles for institutions include: Student Archival and Museum Collections Assistant with the City of Ottawa Archives, Technical Services Intern with the National Gallery of Canada, Archival Intern with Ingenium – Canada’s Science and Technology Museum, and Contractor with the Canadian Museum of History. Additionally, I’ve worked for the Canadian Museum’s Association as a Database Research Assistant and Young Canada Works Support Staff. Each institution offered invaluable opportunities to work in the field and to handle, describe, interpret, rehouse and inventory diverse museum and archives collections.

 
I am from the city of Sault Ste. Marie, or as many people like to call it, the “Soo”. One of the first times I remember being inspired by the museum world was when I was as a child visiting the Old Stone Heritage House, a.k.a. the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. This site depicts the domestic and professional life of early settlers of the early 19th century and provides interaction with costumed interpreters as they performed every-day traditional activities. Additionally, I have fond memories of visiting the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center which offers visitors the chance to make paper airplanes and tour the hanger full of their collection of planes. I specifically remember climbing into the cockpit of one of the planes and that memory as a child had a profound impact on me. My personal experiences with museums gives evidence to the importance of community institutions and the long lasting impression that a museum can have on its visitors.

 
In my time away from work, I enjoy watching hockey and baseball, particularly the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. I love music of all kinds, and I play drums and some guitar. I also enjoy hiking, camping, photography and of course, visiting museums! I’ve been in Ottawa since 2010 and I absolutely love living here – I believe Ottawa is a city that all Canadians should experience and see.

 
I am very happy to officially begin work in my new role with the Goulbourn Museum and I believe I have been given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the team and their collection. I look forward to the new challenges and most of all – to meeting and connecting with everyone in the local community.

Read full article | No Comments »

Meet Our New Programming Officer Caitlyn McDougall

October 5th, 2018

Caitlyn_0008

I am ecstatic to be joining the Goulbourn Museum’s team as Programming Officer while Sarah is on maternity leave. I am coming to you with a background in art education and experience interpreting in both gallery and museum settings. I completed my degree at OCAD University in Toronto, interning at the Art Gallery of Ontario as an Education Officer. It was during a tour I was leading to the newly opened Frida Kahlo exhibit when the museum bug bit me-and I’ve been passionate about museum education ever since! I worked at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Design in London, England, the Marie Dressler Foundation and the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre in Cobourg. Most recently I worked at the Art Gallery of Northumberland as Coordinator of Public Outreach and, since moving to the Ottawa Valley, Programming Coordinator at Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival this past summer. When I’m not painting in my studio or frequenting museums you can find me hiking trails with my rescue dog, Boone.

 
I’m so excited to get started in my new role and to be joining such a vibrant and historically rich community. I will be continuing to support with gusto all of your favourite tried and true programming—but watch this space, because we have some exciting new programs coming up!

 
Come meet me! I will be on site during operating hours and would love to chat about what you want to see happen at your museum.

Read full article | No Comments »

Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn Museum