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Photo of workers at Sleeman factory with photobomber in background

Guelph’s First Photobomb?

We recently opened a case exhibit called History Myths: Fact of Fiction – You be the Judge. The exhibit uncovers the truth behind some common history myths. One of the myths is that “photobombing is a new phenomenon.” Harper Collins Dictionary declared “photobomb” a word of the year in 2014. If the word is new,…

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Guelph Museums Gift Guide

Need to do some last minute Christmas shopping? We have you covered. Our Guelph Museums Gift Guide allows you to steer clear of the busy shopping mall (necessary for maintaining optimal levels of holiday cheer). Everything here can be purchased either at Guelph Museum’s Hilltop Shop (our gift shop at the Guelph Civic Museum)  or online.…

#WhatIsIt: Holding Down the Fort over the Holidays

We posted a photo of a mystery artefact on twitter the other day, and asked if anyone could identify it. Unfortunately, no one even had a guess. Remember: you can’t win if you don’t play the game. Admittedly, though, this was a difficult one. Imagine this: You’re a child living in late 19th century Guelph. Having…

From our Collection: King’s Daughters Cook Book and Plum Pudding Recipe

Last week, we told the story of Allan’s Mill, Guelph’s first flour mill. Today, we’re going to tell the story of Margaret Allan. Margaret was the daughter of David Allan, whose father was William Allan Sr.—the man who bought Guelph’s first mill in 1832. Margaret Allan fell in love with Nathaniel Higinbotham. Nathan was an…

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…