Meet our new Collections Administrator Patrick Chisholm

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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.




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