The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Canadian Update

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is embarking on a cross-Canada tour seeking input from members of the public on what they would like from their national history museum. Lord Cultural Resources has developed an innovative public engagement and consultation process – My History Museum – consisting of a dynamic and interactive website, a survey, hands-on activities set up at kiosks in malls, airports and markets around the country as well as a series of panel discussions and face-to-face roundtables with interesting and interested Canadians.

The public engagement project will help to inform the new positioning and the development of a new permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization – which will soon become the Canadian Museum of History. The new name and the new direction as a museum that will present the national history of Canada and its people was announced by Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable James Moore on October 16, 2012. The transition will take place gradually over the next several years to be completed in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Over the coming weeks, the Museum will visit the following cities: St. John’s, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Montréal and Gatineau, Québec; Toronto, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Edmonton, Alberta. The Museum has already conducted roundtables and hosted interactive kiosks in Vancouver, British Columbia. Members of the public will be invited to join us for roundtable sessions or to visit our interactive kiosks at public venues and events in these cities. The Museum of Civilization is also consulting with historians, researchers and museologists from across the country.

Contribute to the Canadian Museum of History by visiting www.civilization.ca/myhistorymuseum. You can also sign up for a roundtable session here.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the centre for research and public information on the social and human history of the country. Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum of Civilization’s principal role is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canada for present and future generations, thereby contributing to the promotion and enhancement of Canadian identity.

Lord Cultural Resources, founded in 1981, is the world’s largest global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide having conducted over 2,000 cultural projects in over 50 countries on 6 continents. We collaborate with people and organizations to plan and manage cultural places, programs and resources that deliver excellence in the service of society. The firm has led dozens of planning assignments for national museums around the world, including the Canadian Museums for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, and Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

2 comments:

Dr J said...

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has come out against these changes, which they consider unnecessary and unethical: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=1112
Certainly, the Harper government's stance on education and heritage has been very problematic.

MuseumWriter said...

Interesting! I don't disagree with their points, though I'm surprised someone else hasn't openly disagreed with the 'new' museum beyond the CAUT. I do however think something needs to be done to update the Civ museum, but making a whole new museum? Why? I do appreciate the community they are trying to engender while doing it though. Highlight 'trying'.