Guelph stories unfold on screen in Moving Histories, Neighbourhood Mysteries

Moving Histories, Neighbourhood Mysteries, a new exhibition at Guelph Civic Museum, marks the culmination of a multi-year collaboration with Guelph Film Festival, that explores three Guelph neighbourhoods – Two Rivers, Onward Willow, and Brant Avenue – and asks the questions: What makes a place home? How do communities change over time?

The project was formed in 2018 as a series of actual and virtual bus tours in each neighbourhood, featuring intergenerational storytellers and led by community story advocate Jenny Mitchell. The bus tours were filmed, and the footage produced as three short documentaries. The films capture the storytellers sharing their memories, lived perspectives, and personal anecdotes in the places they call home.

The films premiere in the exhibition, surrounded by artifacts, images, and histories of each neighbourhood, drawn from the Guelph Museums collection.

The exhibition also explores Guelph’s local film history, recognizing the power of film in storytelling.

Moving Histories, Neighbourhood Mysteries is presented in partnership with CFRU 93.3 FM and the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, and with support from Guelph Community Foundation – Musagates Fund.

Visitors to the museum can view the exhibition until September 4, 2022. Information regarding admission, hours, and COVID-19 guidelines is available at

Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk Street. It is physically accessible.

Additional information and online programming is available at


Posted by Dawn Owen on March 14, 2022