October 23, 2014
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.
October 10, 2014
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.
September 18, 2014
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…
August 11, 2014
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.
July 10, 2014
This past 29 May was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the natural evening to hold the opening event for Canada’s Titanic - The Empress of Ireland exhibition. A few hundred people filled the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History to see the event, sip some wine and chat.
May 30, 2014
Going to an opening is always exciting. You get to see the reaction of visitors and how other museums treat a given subject - in this case a subject related to our own.
March 20, 2014
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.
March 12, 2014
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.
January 27, 2014
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.