Blog

  • December 15, 2014

    New Acquisitions

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    The recent additions to the National Currency Collection described below are from very different parts of the world and are between 1500 and 2500 years old.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • November 28, 2014

    The Big Nickel

    By: Paul S. Berry


    The commemorative 1951 5 cent piece was issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the naming of nickel and its isolation as an element. Recently, I had the great pleasure to participate in the Big Nickel anniversary festivities and give a talk about the design competition for the 1951 5 cent coin.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • November 6, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning VI

    By: Graham Iddon


    This is not the time for ‘nay sayers’. Basically, we planned a luxury car knowing that when all was said and done, it was going to be a very nice family sedan (maybe with the big engine?).
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • October 23, 2014

    American Alliance of Museums Expo

    By: Matt Paquette


    American Alliance of Museums Expo
    The logistics around organizing a 4 day, multi-venue expo that hosted thousands of attendees and featured hundreds of speakers in over 150 sessions would be mind boggling at the best of times.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • October 10, 2014

    American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting

    By: Patricia Measures


    The main purpose for my attendance was to hear about collections care and HVAC systems and to review current lighting recommendations. By far the most inspiring talk was that of presenter Kostas Ntanos, Head of Conservation Research and Development at the National Archives, UK.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 29, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning V

    By: Graham Iddon


    Now the writer takes a deep breath and attempts to take a subject like the ‘representation of 75 years of national identity as depicted on stamps and bank notes’ from 50 pages of research and squash it into 65 words.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • September 18, 2014

    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    By: Graham Iddon


    Ripleys Aquarium - Carousel
    Is it still considered a museum when all the artifacts are alive and swimming about? Why not? There is a carefully researched collection. There is detailed interpretation. There are plenty of screaming kids…
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 8, 2014

    Welcome to the New Website

    By: Graham Iddon


    “Responsive design” means that the website will re-arrange itself automatically to fit any device.
    “The what museum”? Yes, you heard right, we are bidding a fond farewell to the name that served us so well for over 30 years: the Currency Museum. The new name, the Bank of Canada Museum, was chosen months ago but we kept it a deep, dark secret until our new website went live.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): About Us
  • August 11, 2014

    Why Go to Conferences?

    By: Caroline Roberts


    Art Gallery of Ontario
    A time to take a break from the office, meet with old friends and make new ones, party and have a good time… Going to a conference is all of these things. But it is so much more besides.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • August 6, 2014

    The Senior Deputy Governor’s Signature

    By: Graham Iddon


    Steven S. Poloz & Carolyn Wilkins
    For much of their history, Canadian bank notes have represented a promise, a guarantee that they could be redeemed for “specie” (gold and silver coins) at their parent institution.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events