Musings

From Our Collection: Allan’s Mill Flour Barrel

Here on the blog we like to occasionally feature an artefact that isn’t on display in our gallery, but which is in our permanent collection. Consider it a behind the scenes peak into our collection. Winter has returned to Guelph with a vengeance. There is snow on the ground, the roads are a mess, and…

Guelph’s Favourite Saint

  Dragon slayers, miracle workers, champions of the poor. Their acts of bravery and charity inspired Guelph’s early settlers. Now their names adorn our schools, churches, hospitals and businesses. I’m talking about saints – the subject of a new exhibition at Guelph Civic Museum created by local artist, Debbie Thompson Wilson. The inspiration for the…

#askacurator: Ward’s in a name?

One of our ongoing features here on the blog is #askacurator, in which we give you the opportunity to pose a question to our amazing curatorial team. The question can be anything Guelph- or museum- related. If you don’t have a specific question, you can also suggest a general topic for us to cover in…

Saints Preserve Us: In Conversation with Debbie Thompson Wilson

Saints Preserve Us is a Guelph Museums exhibit featuring Debbie Thompson Wilson’s miniature paintings of the saints who lent their names to Guelph’s schools, churches, streets and organizations. It opens November 7 and runs to March 22. Wilson stopped by the museum the other day to talk about her interest in saints and medieval prayer…

What is it? (Hint: the things we do in the name of fashion)

We posted this photo of an artifact from our collection on twitter yesterday and asked if anyone could identify the object. Looks somewhat terrifying, doesn’t it? @chelseybunsh was quick to respond, saying that it looked like an antique hair curler, and – ding, ding, ding – we had a winner! This is a perm machine…

Music City North

On the fourth Friday of every month, we invite one of Guelph’s most exciting musical acts to perform here at the museum. Our handsome stone abode, perched above the city, provides the perfect setting to celebrate Guelph’s rich musical heritage. It’s a marriage of classic architecture and new sound, the past and the future, tradition…

Guelph Mason Gives Competition the Boot in 1903 Thanksgiving Day Race

This weekend many of our city’s best athletes will be lacing up a pair of their favourite runners and headover to Exhibition Park to compete in the annual Thanksgiving Day Race. While the event will no doubt feature some impressive displays of speed and endurance, it’s unlikely that any runner will replicate one Guelph man’s…

#AskaCurator: Church of Our Lady

We’re introducing a new feature on our blog, called “Ask a Curator.” We have a very knowledgeable curatorial team here at the museum, and we want to give you a chance to ask them any questions you may have about Guelph’s history. Want to know more about an old building you walk past every day?…