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Witnessing War

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The exhibition Witnessing War takes place in 2022, marking 150 years since the birth of Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872-1918). An esteemed doctor, soldier and poet, McCrae is remembered for his wartime poem “In Flanders Fields,” which he wrote from the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, on 3 May 1915.

Guelph Pipe Band: Celebrating 100 Years

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The creation of a pipe band was inspired by the Guelph Burns Club, which celebrated poet Robbie Burns in the local Scottish diaspora. To fund the band, a Tag Day campaign raised $72 and the Victoria-Guelph Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire collected $500. The Guelph Pipe Band was officially formed in the fall of 1922.

Call & Response: Querying the Collection

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Using a community-curation and crowd-sourcing framework, Guelph Museums’ invited members, volunteers, and staff to select an item from the museum’s collection for display. The exhibition, Call & Response: Querying the Collection, highlights what they are most interested in and why.

Who What Wear: 200 Years of Local Fashion

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Told through the clothes they wore and the pictures they took, Who What Wear shares stories and experiences of people in the place we have called Guelph for over 200…

No Word For Art: Exploring the Indigenous Roots of Creativity

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Told from historical and contemporary perspectives, and through the story of beads, guest curator Naomi Smith shares the ways of the First Nations people of the Woodlands and Northeastern regions…

Touching Sound: A tactile art installation created by Olivia Brouwer

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Touching Sound is a three-dimensional collage created by individuals with sight loss, following a sensory-led nature walk and workshop at the Guelph Arboretum in late-June 2023. The six participants were asked…

Light A Candle To Curse The Dark

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Amid the pomp and plump of Canada’s sesquicentennial, fifteen metalsmiths from across the country marked the occasion by crafting new sculptures from melted-down post-Confederation silver. Each piece is an expression of form and function – art object and candleholder – that, together, nod to the past and offer a glimpse of the future. The original…