• 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 and events
  • July 28, 2014

    Becoming a Collector V

    By: Graham Iddon

    Visual glossary of design and security details of Canadian Bank Note: 2004, $20 face
    Suppose you walk into a bar frequented by currency collectors and in an attempt to join in you refer to a ‘planchette’ as a ‘rosette’ (beer mugs hit the tables and the pianist stops playing). This could be pretty humiliating and you’ll probably never be able to go to that bar again, at least not on numismatic night.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • July 21, 2014

    Becoming a Collector IV

    By: Graham Iddon

    Visual glossary of design details of Canadian coins
    Now that you have a grasp of preservation techniques for coins, you might want to familiarize yourself with the finer points of their anatomy. It is all part of your numismatic education and besides, you need to be informed and sound informed when you are buying coins at flea markets or coin fairs.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • July 10, 2014

    The Empress of Ireland Exhibition Opens

    By: Graham Iddon

    Entrance to the exhibition proper, cross the gangplank and board the Empress
    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • July 7, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 3

    By: Graham Iddon

    Bank of canada - Night
    Though naturally we are aware that the former Museum space is being gutted, the reality of seeing it empty is still pretty strange for most of us here. In the last blog of this series we showed you the empty cafeteria space that will become the new Museum, as well as some images of the old Museum as it was at the time: stuffed with odds and ends of exhibit cases, the occasional display still on the walls.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): About us
  • June 23, 2014

    CENTimental Journey

    By: Graham Iddon

    With all the blogging we’ve been doing for Voices from the Engraver, you’d think we had nothing else on our exhibition plate. We do, actually, and it’s called CENTimental Journey. This temporary exhibition, hosted at the Canadian Museum of History, walks you through more than 150 years of the Canadian 1 cent piece.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • June 16, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon

    We are coming up on a year since we closed the doors on the physical museum. During that year, we’ve worked very hard to make sure everybody knows that we are still a functioning museum and one that will be opening its doors again in a few years on a beautiful new space, with an expanded mission and mandate.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): About us
  • June 6, 2014

    Becoming a Collector III

    By: Graham Iddon

    For you as the steward of your collection, your aim is to preserve the items as best as you can by protecting them from further deterioration. The pros call this preservation.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection