Graham Iddon

  • March 20, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visitors interact with the ‘Collection Wall’ in its collection view mode
    Upon entering Gallery One, you may see somebody standing on one leg and waving her arms in front of a flat screen. Should we call security? Nope. Here’s what happens next: a camera takes a picture of her, digitally compares the image to images stored in the museum’s collection, and comes back with an image of an artwork that most resembles this pose.
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  • March 12, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    New wing and entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art
    One of our museum development team and his partner chose to spend part of their Christmas holiday in sunny Cleveland. It wasn’t for the beaches that they went to the rusty shores of Erie but to enjoy one of the most advanced interactive museum experiences available anywhere.
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  • February 14, 2014 We’re the Currency Museum, not the Mint

    By: Graham Iddon


    Royal Canadian Mint exterior view
    If we had a nickel for every time people asked questions like that, we’d have… Well, I suppose we have roughly that number of nickels already; we have a long history as a currency museum after all. When the museum was open, somebody would ask a similar question several times a week.
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  • January 31, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning II

    By: Graham Iddon


    RCMP Musical Ride on the back of the 1979 $50 bill
    As ideas and themes began to emerge from the research, the brainstorms and the content meetings, our next touring exhibition began taking on a tangible form. One of the first pieces of that research involved filming interviews with two significant Canadian bank note engravers: Yves Baril and Jorge Peral.
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  • January 27, 2014 Musée de l’Amérique francophone

    By: Graham Iddon


    Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Côte de la Fabrique
    Down the slope behind the City Hall of old Québec, attached to the 17th century Séminaire de Québec, stands a beautifully curved Québec Neoclassical façade housing the Musée de l’Amérique francophone. Ironically, given the building’s history, much of the Musée’s collection (acquired as early as 1806 when it was the museum of the seminary) is scientific in nature.
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  • January 20, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning

    By: Graham Iddon


    Voices from the Engraver / La gravure : un art à découvrir
    With the new year, we are right on schedule for developing our next travelling exhibition. Voices from the Engraver is number two in a planned set of travelling exhibitions that will keep our metaphorical doors open for Canadians while renovation keeps our physical doors closed.
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  • January 14, 2014 Our Year Ahead

    By: Graham Iddon


    Our Canada Day Big Top Farewell / Les fabuleux adieux du Musée
    We here at the Currency Museum hope you had a fabulous holiday season. We know we did, though maybe a little too fabulous for some of us. As we crossed over into the New Year we had a chance to reflect on the year that had just passed. 2013 presented our team with some pretty big challenges and some tough goodbyes, but it also had some great new adventures and exciting new initiatives.
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  • December 2, 2013 The McCord Museum Visit

    By: Graham Iddon


    McCord Museum permanent exhibit, Montréal - Points of View / Montréal - Points de vue, une exposition permanente du Musée McCord
    While visiting bigger institutions in Montréal, the museum planning team decided to drop into the McCord Museum and take a look at the ways they are using tablets and apps in their exhibition spaces.
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  • November 25, 2013 We Drop into Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    Image from ‘Yours Truly, Montréal' multimedia show / Vestiges sur lesquels le spectacle multimédia Signé Montréal est projeté; remarquez la date
    During two trips to Montréal this past July, as part of our ongoing program of museum tours, the planning team visited the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History at Pointe-à-Callière near the old city waterfront.
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  • November 12, 2013 The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon


    New Canadian Cash Unveiled From Orbit
    On 7 November, the Bank of Canada released the new five and ten dollar bills into circulation. I won’t say ‘released onto an unsuspecting public’ as the official introduction to the new bills took place last April in a big event in front of the former Museum featuring a live presentation by Chris Hadfield beamed from the International Space Station.
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