Archive for the ‘research’ Category

Week #3 – An Empty Museum means a full History Centre!

July 21st, 2017

This week the experts at Bytown Lock & Safe used a hydraulic lift to carefully remove the last artefact from the Museum. Doctor Chanonhouse’s safe would have housed his most expensive and dangerous medicines, as well as his money. It would have been very difficult to break into, and nearly impossible to move at 700 pounds without modern tools. It is now safely tucked away until the fall when the Museum reopens with brand new floors!

18-07-17_safe

Staff also worked diligently to find temporary homes in the History Centre for everything from artefacts, craft and event supplies, and furniture. It was a chore to find a place for everything, but we did it!

history centre_01

history centre_03

We had hoped construction would begin this week but we’ve been assured it will begin on Monday. Fingers crossed!

Read full article | No Comments »

After Week #2 the Museum is unrecognizable!

July 20th, 2017

It took two truck loads, over 500 ft of bubble wrap, and lots of elbow grease to completely empty the Museum but we did it! Next week we’ll let the professionals move the 700 lb safe that once belonged to Dr. Chanonhouse.

week_2_collage_blog

 

Read full article | No Comments »

After week #1 most of the artefacts are out of the Museum

July 7th, 2017

 

week_1_collage2

Read full article | No Comments »

Goulbourn Museum temporarily closed for renovations

June 30th, 2017

GM_exterior

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.

Read full article | No Comments »

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.

Sarah_0097

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!

 

Jamie_0128

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.

Read full article | No Comments »

We’re Hiring!

April 5th, 2017


students_0128

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:

Curatorial Assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloguing artefacts, and daily operations.

Museum and Exhibition Assistant: Duties include exhibition development, marketing, design and daily operations.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Successful candidates will be post-secondary students enrolled in museum studies, history, arts, business, graphic design or marketing. French is an asset.

Positions are 16 weeks at $11.40 per hour for 37.5 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications accepted by email or in-person until midnight Sunday, April 23, 2017. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | goulbmus@rogers.com

Full job descriptions and application details available at goulbournmuseum.ca/connect/careers/

Read full article | No Comments »

Local author writes “Escape to Paradise” about his life in Canada

March 2nd, 2017

Gunter Speckmann

Born and raised in a small town in central Germany, Gunter Speckmann was eleven when his town was liberated by U.S. troops known as Hell on Wheels. The strong impression they made lasted through the subsequent Soviet occupation and the creation of the East German communist state. The cage was locked and he and his family were inside it.

At the age of 21, Gunter found a way to break out of that cage and courageously started a new life in the free world.

In West Germany he again encountered members of Hell on Wheels. They suggested he consider life in America. Grasping available opportunities brought him to Canada. Life in Canada was yet another kind of adventure – finding the good life.

Gunter has made his home in Canada since 1958. Now retired from a career in veterinary medicine, he lives in Stittsville, Ontario, with his wife Rosemarie. They have three children and one grandchild.

Gunter still pursues some of his many hobbies, particularly photography, gardening and landscaping. The maintenance of his country property offers the perfect opportunity for physical exercise.

His book, Escape to Paradise (Burnstown Publishing House), is available from the author, Gunter Speckmann, by calling 613-831-2640. The price is $25.00 or $33.00 when shipped. The book is not available in bookstores.

To learn more, read the article about Gunter and his book which recently appeared in the Stittsville News.

Read full article | No Comments »

Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 24th, 2017

become_board_member_0079

Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of Goulbourn Museum. The Goulbourn Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors as set out in its Constitution and By-laws. For more information, please see the Call for Nominations or email info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

How To Apply: 
Please provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience that you can offer the Goulbourn Museum. Please provide this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by April 3, 2017.

Board meetings are currently held in the morning of the second Thursday, each month. Review of documentation takes place in advance.

Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 25, 2017.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

Read full article | No Comments »

Museum receives Two Grants for Confederation Activities

January 27th, 2017

grant logos

The Goulbourn Museum has received grants from the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Civic Events Funding Program as well as the Province’s Ontario150 Community Celebration Program.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Museum has received $5,000 from the City of Ottawa and $9,986 from the Province for projects related to the 150 anniversary of Confederation in Canada,” says Kathryn Jamieson, Curator Manager.

“With the successful outcome of our grant applications visitors can expect some new permanent additions to the Museum’s grounds,” says Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager.

“Starting in late spring and finishing up in the fall these additions will include some historical interpretation and natural curb appeal which have been designed to create a welcoming site that will enhance the Museum’s visitor experience,” she adds.

The funding will also be used to enhance the Museum’s Father’s Day Flashback event in June. “Visitors will be able to stand in the shoes of Goulbourn’s early Irish settlers and connect with the community’s past,” says Donaldson. “Swords will be swinging, stew will be simmering, and muskets will be firing.” This celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation will be held on June 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature the sights and sounds of a traditional Irish céli.

Ottawa 2017 quadrupled the funding available through the City of Ottawa’s Civic Events Funding Program, an existing grants program that helps neighbourhoods mark statutory holidays throughout the year. As a result, 49 community organizations will receive a total of $200,000 in funding to plan unique celebrations throughout the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The Province’s Ontario150 Community Celebration Program is a one-time, application-based program to support communities and community organizations across the province in commemorating and celebrating Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Read full article | No Comments »

Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Receives Ontario Museum Association Promising Leadership Award of Excellence

November 4th, 2016

Kathryn_Jamieson_01

Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager, Kathryn Jamieson, left, with Museum Member John Maguire.

 

Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager has won an Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence.

Kathryn Jamieson received the 2016 Promising Leadership Award of Excellence at the OMA Annual Conference in Mississauga on Thursday night. The OMA Award of Excellence in Community Engagement is presented to emerging professionals, of any position or institution, who have shown promising leadership within the museum community. An emerging professional is an individual within the first ten years of their professional career.

“The Awards of Excellence is our opportunity to recognize those institutions and individuals who exemplify their roles in the museum sector, reminding us of the impact museums have on their communities, and on Ontario as a province,” says Marie G. Lalonde, Executive Director of the Ontario Museum Association.

Former colleague, Laura Gibbs, a museum coordinator with the City of Toronto, says Ms. Jamieson has taken every leadership challenge and opportunity that has been presented to her with integrity, a willingness to learn, curiosity and tact.

“This is very well deserved,” says Goulbourn Museum Chairperson, Keith Hobbs, who expressed the Board of Directors’ congratulations to Kathryn Jamieson on receipt of the OMA award. “The museum and surrounding community are well served by her enthusiasm and proficiency.”

Ms. Jamieson has successfully taken on the challenge of transforming the museum into a community hub whose attendance has increased by over 180% in the four years that she has occupied this position. She plans to expand and develop the museum even further.

Ms. Jamieson is a member of the Ottawa Museum Network Board of Directors, on which she has been Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chairperson, and through which she is involved in multiple other committees. She is also the Co-Chair of the Ottawa Museum and Archives Collection Committee, and has recently begun teaching in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. Ms. Jamieson is a leader in the Ontario museum community, dedicated to improving her museum at the community level, mentoring the next generation of heritage professionals, and advocating for museums and heritage to become a governmental priority.

Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity located in Stittsville. It tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. Its collection includes over 9,000 artefacts as well as a collection of over 40,000 artefacts from an archeological dig in Richmond.

Read full article | No Comments »

Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn Museum